"Creating art is not just an earthly practice, but a spiritual journey – it is a life mission in a profound belief for change." – Rod Sánchez
Rodrigo Sánchez is an award-winning Artist, Graphic Designer, & Filmmaker, who is currently a Senior Digital Designer/Illustrator at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a global educational and trade publisher. His illustrations have appeared on the covers of various cover jackets for several Penguin Random House – Knopf titles such as, Are We There Yet by David Levithan and Barry Boyhound by Andy Spearman as well as on various K–12 educational titles for Scholastic Inc. and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He has received two Silver Design Awards by Create Awards for the illustration and design of the Random House Children’s Books – Fall 2008 Catalog Cover, and the sell-in brochure for Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go. Rod also illustrated the Baruch College (CUNY) The College of Possibilities 2010 – 2011 Campaign, which was published widely in Time Out New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Metro New York, AM New York, and printed on large-scale subway dioramas in NYC. Recently, Rod’s painted portrait of Diego Maradona was a winner in the International Illustration Competition hosted by Swiss fútbol magazine Tschutti Heftli – international jury members included National Soccer Hall of Fame member and Fox Sports professional U.S. footballer/sports commentator, Alexi Lalas. From there, Rod was selected to paint the portraits of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Colombia National Team for publication in the magazine in June 2018.
Rod’s artwork has been exhibited in various international juried exhibitions including: the Bombay Artisan Semi-Finalists Exhibition (Rush Arts Gallery) and the Show Your World International Juried Exhibition (Gallery MC). Furthermore, Rod’s work has been part of numerous national and international exhibitions. In the United States, his work has been exhibited in various galleries including: Palm Springs Art Museum, Lyons Wier Gallery, Rush Arts Gallery, Elga Wimmer Gallery, Gallery MC, Merseles Studios Gallery, Parsons Gallery, Penguin Random House, & Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University. Internationally, his work has appeared at The MECA Mediterráneo Centro Artistico in Almería, Spain and at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Granada in Granada, Spain in collaboration with his twin brother, Raúl Sánchez. His artwork has been featured in the animated short film Winged Painter, written and directed by Raúl & Rod Sánchez; the film was screened at numerous film festivals, including at the: Palm Springs International Animation Festival, New York Short Film Festival, & Orlando Film Festival, where the film was nominated for two awards: Best Music Video Award and Best Focus on Art Award. Rod’s artwork has also routinely appeared in The Huffington Post alongside the writing of both, Raúl Sánchez, and colleague Dan Bullock. Additionally, his artwork has been featured in Making Music Magazine, Sonicbids.com, Afropunk, The Irish News, and The Bleacher Report. In addition to Rod’s experience at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, his experience includes being a senior graphic designer/illustrator at Scholastic Inc., Penguin Random House, and Liz Claiborne Inc.
Rod Sánchez holds a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Design & Technology from Parsons The New School for Design and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Visual Communication Design with a minor in Spanish Language & Literature from The Ohio State University.
Rod Sánchez believes that creating art is not just an earthly practice, but a spiritual journey – a life mission in a profound belief for change. Rod strives to tap into the "collective unconscious" – in hope that the movements of the paint brush synchronize with the mysteries of the cosmos to uncover larger undercurrents in the human condition that illuminate social, cultural, political, and spiritual truths.
Rod also says, that he utilizes the mediums of paint and digital technologies to ultimately, and, humbly, strive to share what God reads to him in a picture book…