Antuán’s current expressive itinerary is clearly consistent with his interpretation of human thought and the assimilation of contexts of both local and global realities. In his work he offers the combined energy of notions such as myth, metaphor and archetype, opening multiple perspectives to the viewer, a sort of geography intermediate between conceiving ideas and reality’s compelling meaning of reality. Antuán is situated within post-contemporary art movements that redefine what it means to be an artist, incorporating initiatives in ways of innovating and communicating. A multidisciplinary artist capable of transforming his work into the experiences of interactive participation, causing excitement and synergies of association among audiences confronted with his proposals (whether large scale urban works or more intimate objects).
Antuan Rodríguez’s body of work across a range of media includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and public art. In his use of the readymade, which he often combines with handmade elements, he conflates the object and the human form and strives to involve the viewer in the subsequent dialogue. Among his recurring visual symbols are instruments of communication and sports, and common domestic articles including plumbing equipment, utensils for eating and food itself, and clothing including footwear. Shoes figure often among Antuan’s recurring visual subjects. The shoe is an indispensable item of apparel that connects us to the ground and protects us from its dangers, and its wide array of designs and styles make everyday and extraordinary activities possible. As a potent, often fetishized carrier of meaning in our culture, the shoe serves Antuan well in his art.
With the object and the human figure as his point of departure, ANTUAN has progressively been interested in art installations. Sculpture has been present since his early stages, the incorporation of sculpture to his artistic endeavor being a natural step in a process which has allowed him to incorporate the public as subject as well as active participant in many of his proposals. In this same way, ANTUAN, as the talented Cuban artist he is, is doted with an extraordinary sense for drawing and painting with watercolors. For ANTUAN the answer is unambiguously clear: as with all good artists, since Goya, Beckmann to Leon Golub, he also understands that the artist has to engage with the social, political and economic reality in which he happens to live and propose projects capable of transforming the world or, at least, of figuring out what a better world would look like.
The works of Antuan encourage a Critical reflection oriented not only towards those figures paradigms of regimes that maintain a firm grip on the yearnings of liberty of their respective nations, but also towards occidental democracies, more and more exposed, amid the dictatorship of a post-capitalist market, to the dangerous lack of democratic control over the governments and their institutions, that is, also exposed to the totalitarian actions of their governing class The parody as discursive strategy and, also as expressive resource to represent the political and ideological content that articulate these pieces, have been a characteristic element in Antuan’s work. It is a work where the critical comment about politics, is metaphorically inscribed in the spectacular logic of a popular sport.
I have to recognize that his social and participative work, basically in his role of activist-agent is a fundamental aspect review and highlight within his global artistic project. His international project “Base Paint” (2010-2012), produced from Miami, had a great social and community impact. A project where a very important group of artists from the United States, Latin America and Europe is activated by the artist and builds an authentic camp of tents, with aluminum frames canvas, which in their final stage will be used in Haiti as spaces for small schools, sanitary assistance centers or as places to live. The artists who have collaborated in this project, created and directed by Antuan, have a renowned career, and they donated their work and fantastic designs for these tents, first as small maquettes, then to be painted in a real scale to be finally installed in Haiti.