On Thursday, FL!GHT Gallery opens two exhibitions of rediscovered early works by artist Ángel Rodríguez-Díaz. In its Salon gallery will be “The Full Monty/
El Mero Chile,” an exhibition of paintings that celebrate the male figure and were created in New York between 1983 and 1992. It features Rodríguez-Díaz’s famous nude Adam, a portrait of a Caribbean man that was censored when it was exhibited in 1992. Titled “Nueva York — San Antonio,” the main gallery exhibition will shed
light on the development of the artist’s technique before his arrival in San Antonio. Rodríguez-Díaz, who is of Puerto Rican descent, has called San Antonio home since relocating here in 1995 to live with his partner artist Rolando Briseño. The exhibitions at Flight Gallery precede the largest ever Rodríguez-Díaz retrospective, opening February 9 at Centro the Artes. “If I were to characterize him as an artist, the really unique, singular and astonishing thing about his work is how he used his self-portraiture as a vehicle for social commentary,” curator and art historian Ruben C. Cordova said. “He makes a critique of pollution, or fossil fuels, greed, corruption and war in the genre of self- portraiture.” Following the opening reception, FL!GHT's pair of Rodríguez-Díaz remain on view by appointment through March 3.