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​Anita's family on her father's side goes back 10 generations in her beloved Taos valley. Her mother was a painter who came to Taos from Austin, Texas to study art. Anita's art training began in her childhood as play with her mother's brushes and paints. Her need and talent to create art is one of her earliest memories and has been a lifelong love. Anita had her formal art training at the Colorado College.

But...the person creating this website is me, Anita's daughter Shemai. (Nice to meet you by the way.) And I want you to see who Anita really is as a person, because it is the personal resonance that people feel when they look at her art  that adds such dimension to its beauty. So, I am going to give you a less traditional bio and describe her as I see her. My mom. 


7/2/16  ART FOR THE REVOLUTION - Orlale! Gallery, Kit Carson, Taos N.M.
6/30/16 DEVOTION, TRANSCENDANCE AND RESISTANCE, One-woman show
Taos Inn, paseo del pueblo del norte
12/12/15ONE-WOMAN SHOW - Garden & Soul Gallery, Taos Plaza
7/14/15CULTURE ART SHOW - Town of Taos Plaza Court House
9-10/14TAOS INVITES TAOS - Taos Civic Center
9/1-3/14TAOS ART ASSOCIATION STUDIO TOUR - Artist’s Studio
8/25/14CONTEMPORARY HISPANIC MARKET - Santa Fe, N.M.
6/2014FANDANGO, TAOS HISTORIC MUSEUMS - Taos Country Club
6/25/14SOCIETY FOR CRYPTO-JEWISH STUDIES - Albuquerque, N.M.
9/25/13TAOS INVITES TAOS, FALL ARTS - Taos Civic Center
9/23/13TAOS HISTORIC MUSEUMS FANDANGO - Taos Country Club
9/31/13TAOS ART ORGANIZATION STUDIO TOUR - Artist’s Studio
7/29/13CONTEMPORARY HISPANIC MARKET - Santa Fe. N.M.
6/25/13SOCIETY FOR CRYPTO-JEWISH SSTUDIES - Albuquerque, N.M
6/20/13 FANDANGO, TAOS HISTORIC MUSEUMS -  Taos Country Club
7/23/12CONTEMPORARY HISPANIC MARKET - Santa Fe, New Mexico
11/1/11 ONE-WOMAN SHOW - Martinez Hacienda, Taos, New Mexico
8/1/10ONE-WOMAN SHOW
9/31/13 TAOS ARTIST STUDIO TOUR - Taos, New Mexico
7/24/13 CONTEMPORARY HISPANIC MARKET- Santa Fe, New Mexico
9/30/12 TAOS ART STURIO TOUR - Taos, New Mexico
7/23/12 CONTEMPORARY HISPANIC MARKET - Santa Fe, New Mexico
7/29/11 FLAMENCO CAFE - 226 N. Guadalupe St. Santa Fe New Mexico
8/1/10 ONE-WOMAN SHOW - Ouray’s fine arts, Taos, New Mexico
2/5/10 FAFA’S, EROTIC SHOW -Taos , New Mexico
2/10/10 TOWN HALL - Taos, New Mexico  
2/25/10 ONE-WOMAN SHOW, GALLERY 13 - Taos, New Mexico
12/20/09 GALERIA DE LAS RANAS - Guanajuato, Mexico
7/28/09 AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL EDUCATION - La Fonda, Santa Fe, New Mexico
5/6/09 PINTORES GUANAJUATENSES - Meson de las Poetas, Guanajuato, Mexico
2/8/10 CASA DEL SOL- Guanajuato, Mexico
6/18/08 ALMA DEL SOL - Guanajuato, Mexico
6/12/08 CASA ESTRELLA - Guanajuato, Mexico
5/15/08 GALERIA DUARTE - Guanajuato, Mexico  
3/4/08 CAFÉ LIBERTAD - Guanajuato, Mexico  
11/2/07 GALERIA VALLARTA - Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico  
10/17/07 GALERIA SOL Y LUNA - Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico  
3/23/07 ONE-WOMAN SHOW - RB Ravens Gallery, Ranchos de Taos, NM  
3/15/07 ONE-WOMAN SHOW - Harwood Museum, Taos, New Mexico USA  
2/15/07 AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL EDUCATION - La Fonda, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
01/09/06 CAFE ZILCH - Guanajuato, Mexico
11/06 DIA DE LOS MUERTOS Guanajuato, Mexico  
9/05 CAMINO DE LA PLATA - Casa Redonda, Ciudad Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
11/1/04 ONE-WOMAN-SHOW - Martinez Hacienda - 708 Hacienda Road, Taos, NM
3/05 ONE-WOMAN SHOW - Café Tazza, Taos, New Mexico, USA  
5/04 CARAS CHICANAS - Gallery of the West, Denver, Colorado, USA, USA  
2/04 CONTEMPORY ART/TAOS - Harwood, Taos, New Mexico
9/03 CONTEMPORARY ARTSTS OF THE SOUTHWEST - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA  
2/02 RAMFLAS TRANCENDENTALES - R.B. Ravens Gallery, Taos, New Mexico, USA
2/02 THE DEATH JOURNEYS TRANSCENDENT - Roswell Museum, Roswell, New Mexico, USA  
7/01 RISING STARS - Desert Caballeros, Western Museum, Wickenberg, Arizona, USA
9/01 ONE WOMAN SHOW - New Directions Gallery, Taos, New Mexico, USA  
5/00 NEW ART OF THE WEST - Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA  
4/00 LA MUERTE VIAJERA, ONE WOMAN SHOW - Alhondigas de Granaditas, Guanajuato, Mexico
5/99 ONE WOMAN SHOW - Gene Bryon Museum, Guanajuato, Mexico  
8/98 TRECE PINTORES GUANAJUATENSES - Gene Bryon Museum, Guanajuato, Mexico  
4/98 ONE WOMAN SHOW Casa de la Cultura, Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico 
1/98 ANITA RODRIGUES – NORTENA - Casa de la Cultura, Bacalar, Quintana, Roo, Mexico  
6/97 PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY, THE HIDDEN JEWS OF NEW MEXICOAND PORTUGAL, Mizel Family Cultural Arts Center, Denver, Colorado
5/97 THE BEST OF TAOS - Taos Inn, Taos, New Mexico  
4/97 ONE WOMAN SHOW, A FAMILY SECRET, HIDDEN JEWS OF NEW MEXICO, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington D.C.
1/9 ONE WOMAN SHOW - New Directions Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
10/9 CINCO PINTORAS - University Art Museum Downtown, Albuquerque, New Mexico
5/96 DE COLORES - Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, California  
5/96 NEW ART OF THE WEST- Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana  
10/95 DIA DE LA RAZA - Albuquerque Museum of Art, Science and History, Alb. New Mexico  
8/95 EXOTIC AND EROTIC SHOW - Spirit Runner Gallery, Taos, New Mexico  
8/95 TAOS INVITES TAOS SHOW - Rio Grande Hall, Civic Center, Taos New Mexico  
7/95 ANITA RODRIGUEZ, ONE WOMAN SHOW - Handsel Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico  
7/95 SPANISH MARKET - Town Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico  
5/95 FIESTA ARTISTICA- Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico  
11/94 ARTISTAS CONTEMPOPRANEOS DE NUEVO MEXICO, Galeria de la Presidencia Municipal, Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico
10/94 DIA DE LOS MUERTOS - Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Orange County, California  
9/94 ENVIDIA - Martinez Hacienda, Taos, New Mexico  
9/94 HISPANIC PERSPECTIVES - Martinez Hacienda, Taos, New Mexico  
9/94 TAOS INVITES TAOS - Taos Civic Plaza, Taos, New Mexico
7/94 SPANISH MARKET - Town Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico  
5/94 FIESTA ARTISTICA - Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico  
5/93 FOUR PERSON SHOW - Millicent Rodger’s Museum, Taos New Mexico  
7/93 ONE WOMAN SHOW - Handsel Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico  
7/93 SPANISH MARKET - Town Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico  
10/92 DIA DE LOS MUERTOS - Mexican Fine Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois  
9/92 VISIONS OF HOPE, THREADS OF VISION - Dougherty Art Center, Austin, Texas  
9/92 THE CRYPTO-JEWS OF NEW MEXICO - Handsel Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico  
7/92 FAST-FORWARD AN ALTERNATIVE ART SHOW- Firestone Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico  
7/92 GOVENOR’S GALLERY SHOW - Capitol Building, Santa Fe, New Mexico  
4/92 QUINCENTENNIAL SHOW - Stables Art Center, Taos, New Mexico  
4/92 MEET THE ARTIST SERIES - Taos Inn, Taos, New Mexico, USA  
3/92 EIGHTH ANNUAL JURIED LATINA ARTISTS’ SHOW - Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas  
9/91 HISPANIC ARTS EXHIBIT - State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Honorable Mention)  
7/91 NOCHE, A ONE-WOMAN SHOW - Atelier Gallery Taos, New Mexico  
6/91 HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL ARTS SHOW - Mante’s Gallery, Taos, New Mexico  
6/91 FOLK ART OF NEW MEXICO - Stables Art Center, Taos, New Mexico  
5/91 ONE-WOMAN SHOW - Déjàvu Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
12/90 TAOS CALENDAR SHOW - Taos Inn, Taos, New Mexico  
8/90 HISPANIC ART SHOW- Santa Fe Center for the Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexic  
6/90 HISPANIC ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW - State Fairgrounds, Albuquerque, New Mexico  
5/90 TOM NOBLE, JIM WAGNER, ANITA RODRIGUEZ - Dejavu Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
4/90 CONTEMPORY HISPANIC ART IN NEW MEXICO - Stables Art Center, Taos, New Mexico  
3/90 ONE WOMAN SHOW - First State Bank, Taos, New Mexico  
12/89 HISPANIC FOLK ART OF NEW MEXICO - Stables Art Center, Taos New Mexico  
11/89 DAY OF THE DEAD - Stables Art Center, Taos New Mexico  
11/89 TAOS HISPANIC ARTS COUNCIL SHOW - Las Palomas de Taos, Taos, New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, book by Rudolfo Anaya
EL SANTO QUESO, book by Jim Seagel
MESA REVIEW NUMBER FIVE, book published by University of New Mexico Press
THE LOVE THAT SURVIVES, album by Larry Sargent

• Harwood Museum, Taos, New Mexico
• Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, New Mexico
National Hispanic Cultural Center
New Mexico State Capitol, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana
Albuquerque Museum of Art, Science and History, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts 
• Centinel Bank, Taos, New Mexico
Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Her courage is boundless. Her norm is to defy the norm. This is clearly reflected in her art which is unique in style and content. One of our challenges in marketing her work has been the fact that it is difficult to categorize. Her life has been, and continues to be, filled with amazing adventures. She has traveled the world. She has been welcomed by peoples of many cultures. She delivers lectures that I have seen move people to tears. She conducts challenging and emotional workshops on subjects as controversial as envy and racism. She is a fearless trailblazer. She stands in the face of challenge without hesitation. 

Her imagination is vast. You can see this clearly expressed in her paintings. But her creativity penetrates into every aspect of her life. She designed and built, literally with her own hands, her gorgeous adobe home (also her studio). She dresses in wonderful colors and dramatic jewelry. She loves to create new recipes in her kitchen. She writes beautifully and is in the process of publishing a unique and funny book of stories and native New Mexican recipes. You can read excerpts on the Writings page of this website. She overflows with ideas for new projects. Her mind never stops creating.  

Her passion is inspiring. Her integrity is flawless. She is an honest, generous, kind and loving person. I am truly blessed to have had her in my life. 

Thanks for everything mom.


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