View ArtistRodolfo Choperena

Artist's Biography
Rodolfo Choperena, an artist from Mexico who lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, creates unique large-scale monoprints of digital color photographic images. He bends and manipulates light by utilizing various photography techniques. The resulting images contain striations that move in varying intervals and rhythms, challenging one’s perception of the concept of reality through exploring positive and negative space.



My work is “abstracted” photography: representational but complicated by the obscuring and absenting of the subject. By inducing movement and the manipulation of light sources,

I provoke a figurative tableau towards transforming into abstraction. Every shot, every video is the evidence of a performance, with the acts of montage and manipulation performed in-camera. Movement is the primary performative act. By manipulating the camera’s placement, aperture and exposure settings in relation to color fields, landscapes, light sources, precipitation and seascapes, my work pushes the boundaries of perception to create organic and lyrical freeforms. Resulting images retain their pure chroma. Each is a reinterpretation of the original subject, containing striations that move in varying intervals and rhythms, alternately compressing and expanding positive and negative space. However abstracted a composition may be, a firm representational vantage points plays host to personal objects and scenario manipulations, making each image a direct reflection of my ever-changing environment.

2009 Inaugural Exhibition, 4Design Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato Mexico

Unexpected: Recent Works by Rodolfo Choperena, G2 ArtSight, San Antonio, TX

2011 ArtSee Miami, Curated by Julio Santiago, Miami, FL

Recent Work, Fotoseptiembre, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX

Recent Work, PhotoNOLA, Guthrie Contemporary Gallery, New Orleans, LA


2012 Tiempo Compartido, Mexican Embassy, Berlin, Germany


2010 Photographic Dialogues, Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, TX

Inaugural Exhibit, La Brignonesca, Careyes, Jalisco, Mexico

Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, TX

Red Dot, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX

Dallas Art Fair, Ruiz-Healy Art, Dallas, TX

2010 Art Pair, Emily Morgan Hotel, San Antonio, TX

By Permit Only, Guadalupe Cultural Art Center, San Antonio, TX

The Electronic Arts and Video Festival Transitio_MX 04, Mexico City, Mexico

Grupo de los Dieciseis, Mexico City, Mexico


Liberto Enterprises

St. Benedict’s LLC.

University of Texas at San Antonio


Dirkson, Kirish, “Sitting Down With Rudy Choperena,” Kindform, July 22, 2011

Silva, Elda, “Guadalupe’s Poster Exhibit Blurs Lines Between Street, Gallery Art,” San Antonio Express News, July 25, 2011

Fisch, Sarah, “Top Critic’s Picks,” San Antonio Current, September 9, 2009

Dickens, Scott. “Rodolfo Choperena’s Unexpected Outcomes,”, September 15 2009

Bennet, Steve, “Seeing Mexico in a Bend of Light,” San Antonio Express-News, September 27, 2009

Fisch, Sarah, “CAM, FIN: I said GOOD DAY, Contemporary Art Month,” Plaza De Armas, March 28

Rodolfo Choperena
Javanese Column


Rodolfo Choperena
Video on Mannequin