Subway Portraits

All Portraits by Nancy Rodrigo

subway portrait 1
Football Fan

subway portrait 2Brooklyn College Professor

subway portrait 3
Feminist Incognito 

Subway portrait 4Steampunk Sophisticate

New York-born artist Nancy Rodrigo uses her life experiences as a medium. “The media and content have changed and evolve to reflect my experiences. I see art as a means of expression and a therapeutic process.” She began her art career in 1981 under the name Nancy Weinstock, exhibiting in the East Village, Soho, Chelsea and Brooklyn. Her recent work of rich, colorful biomorphic paintings‒with vaginal imagery‒influenced by the Feminist Art Movement, including initiators Judy Chicago, Nancy Spero and Miriam Schapiro. In the 90’s she  did a series of works on canvas and mixed media constructions, the “Collective Memory Series.” These intricate pieces are constructed from found objects, organic and synthetic materials, paints and old photographs. Another project she is working on is the “Subway Series” hundreds of pen and ink portraits of people riding the NYC subways, all done without the rider’s knowledge and capturing most of the portrait in under 10 minutes.  This project has been a love letter to my city and her amazing people. Rodrigo’s work is diverse, expressive, and she is very prolific.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Subway Portraits

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed these, Matt. Nancy is my dear childhood friend — we grew up together in Jackson Heights, NY, and have been wanting to collaborate for some time. She’s already illustrated two of my poems.

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