ROA establishes euphoric connections between the visual and poetic elements of Mexican art, transposing the pre-Hispanic period into the
present . The work references the currents in modern art and the surrealistic world of the jungle and the Caribbean Sea in Playa del
ROA was born and raise in Mexico. As a child, his father worked for the Geologic Institute of Mexico. This transpired into a great interest in
scientific aspects of the natural life around him. ROA collected insects, fossils and minerals. He travelled with his father to the mountains as
well as small villages. He experienced landscapes, history, foods, and traditions from all over Mexico.
ROA studied art in his teens at the Art Institute of Guanajuato. There, he became very interested in the work of the surrealists Remedios
Varo and Leonora Carrington, as well as the Mexican artists Jose Luis Cuevas and Francisco Toledo.
Through his teens, ROA continued to travel around the country. He visually connected with the colors and trends of Mexico. His mind
captured the soul and magic of his native land. He prefers mystical places and mountains, archeological sites and beautiful beaches; which
is why he decided to settle in Cozumel in 1993. This where ROA met artist Galo Ramirez who became his friend and teacher. In 1997, he
moved to San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas and continued to work on his art. He decided to study in Oaxaca at the Rufino Tamayo Art
Institute. There he studied under artist Juan Alcazar. This move defined his career.
ROA creates abstract work by way of realism; the emotional aspects by means of intellectualism; spontaneity by way of strategy. ROA
takes the artifacts from everyday culture and transforms them into extraordinary compositions.
ROA was born left-handed and as a little boy he would write everything in backward. His teachers thought he had dyslexia, but in fact he
learned to read and to draw at a very early age. His love for drawing persisted and the backward writing reappeared in his work in his early
twenties. ROA plays with images and texts in reverse, creating encrypted messages.
The imagery in ROA’s work is a collection of messages, poems, letters; scientific formulas, magic recipes, classifications of ants, medicinal
plants and herbs; addresses, numbers, cities, arrows, signs, compasses, names and places that inhabit his world; words in Spanish,
Nahuatl, Maya, Latin, or English that have no absolute meaning but rather move and connect within his paintings, to be considered as part
of a window to their worlds.
ROA’s process is chaotic because he works on several pieces at once. He always has dozens of pieces in the process at once. He works
on canvas , collage and opaline paper with acrylics, ink, charcoal, pencil and crayon art.
ROA lives and works in his studio in PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO in the Riviera Maya, his work can be seen in private collections in
Mexico, U.S.A, Canada and Europe.
Broker of images and colors,
Pryor and substitute of himself