Frank-Ratchye Studio Artist Project Space: Ignacio Rojas

Image: Ignacio Rojas, Frances, 2010, Oil on canvas, 27 x 19 in.

Exhibition Dates: February 22 - March 17, 2018

Ignacio Rojas’ work is inspired by a deep engagement with the notion of identity; how it is constructed, as well as its many layers. For A Song of Us, Rojas has selected an intimate grouping of work highlighting his family, specifically his wife and young son. This is the first iteration of this ongoing series to be displayed outside of their home. These highly personal moments serve as a visual diary and depiction of individuals who simultaneously function as a collective unit. Rojas’ background as a dynamic figurative painter allows him to capture his subject’s specific individuality. Eyes and body language offer doors into a greater exploration of identity; one that cannot fully be understood and divulged to the viewer as well as to the individual themselves.

About the Artist:
Ignacio Rojas was born in Chile in 1978, migrated to Australia in 2001 and moved to San Francisco in June 2016. He has a double background in fine arts and sociology. Rojas has exhibited in more than thirty solo and group exhibitions. Additionally, he has worked as an art teacher in several art schools, as well as a research assistant and project officer at RMIT University, Victoria University and The University of Melbourne. His most recent work is a result of his PhD research on Australian identity from a post-colonial migrant perspective. Through a combination of landscape, cityscape and double portrait painting, Rojas explores issues of cultural appropriation, mimicry and belonging as a migrant Australian. Rojas currently teaches a range of drawing classes as part of Root Division’s Adult Education Program.

The Frank-Ratchye Studio Artist Project Space provides a gallery for Root Division artists to connect and engage in dialogue around the work being made on site, and to exhibit their art to the public. The Project Space is located on our rear mezzanine, and is free and open to the public during gallery hours in conjunction with the current exhibition. This space is made possible with the generous support of Ed Frank and Sarah Ratchye.

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