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Rodrigue, George

Born: 1944 AD
Currently alive, at 77 years of age.
Nationality: N/A
Categories: Painters

1944 – He was born on the 13th day of March of this year and grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana. He studied art formally at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (now University of Southwestern Louisiana) and the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.


1952 – Begins to paint and sculpt during a four-month bout of polio


1956 – He studied privately with Mrs. Keen in New Iberia until 1958.


1959 – George enrolled at Art Instruction School and an intensive Art Correspondence Course.


1962 – He entered the University of Southwest Louisiana in Lafayette as an Art Major (artwork).


1965 – He attended Center College of Design in Los Angeles as a Graphic Arts Major (artwork)


1967 – Rodriguez went back to New Iberia when his father dies. He enlisted in Louisiana National Guard, and later married Veronica Hidalgo.


1968 – He became the Art Director for an advertising agency in Lafayette, Louisiana


1969 – He left the ad agency, and paints full-time. He had his first exhibition at Arts Center for Southwest Louisiana in Lafayette. Governor John McKeithen commissions painting as Louisiana’s gift to the Prime Minister of Quebec (artwork).


1970 – Exhibition of 69 Rodrigue landscapes at the Old State Capitol Building, Baton Rouge, sponsored by the Louisiana State Arts Commission (artwork).


1973 – He had one week exhibition in London through Munchick & Franks Fine Arts (artwork).


1977 – The Cajuns of George Rodrigue chosen as official US State Department gift for visiting foreign heads of state during Carter Administration


1978 – He had an exhibition at 226 Decatur Gallery in New Orleans, and then in 1980 at Galerie Antenia in Paris features The Kingfish. Rodrigue dubbed "The Louisiana Rousseau" by Le Figaro


1983 – Commissioned by Edwards’ re-election committee to paint Governor Edwin Edwards .


1988 – He had an exhibition at Upstairs Gallery, Beverly Hills, California, at Moscow Summit, including portraits of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.


1989 – The Rodrigue Gallery of New Orleans opens in French Quarter.


1991 – Cajun food served by Chef Paul Prudhomme at Grand Opening of Galerie Blue Dog in Carmel, California (artwork).


1992 – He had painting demonstration at Paul Prudhomme Festival in Opelousas, Louisiana. At festival, meets Michel Roux of Carillon Importers, who commissions Absolut Louisiana for USA Today.


1998 – He becomes sole owner of Rodrigue Studio in New Orleans (formerly The Rodrigue Gallery of New Orleans) and Rodrigue Studio in Carmel (formerly Galerie Blue Dog).


2001 – He painted God Bless America in response to 9/11. He had an exhibition at Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


2004 – George painted official Louisiana Governor’s portrait for the Inauguration of Governor Kathleen Blanco. 


2005 – He had a Special three-day exhibition in the Great Hall of the New Orleans Museum of Art.


2007 – He presented a series of lectures at the Phoenix Art Museum.