London-based Artist Cristina Rodriguez to Feature Work in United in Art Exhibition at Agora Gallery

"I choose deliberately to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, to see the magic instead of the horror, to aim for peace and harmony instead of ugliness and sadness. I choose to give something positive and enlightening to my fellow human beings and I choose to give it through my beautiful paintings." -Cristina Rodriguez

New York, NY, May 16, 2009 --( Agora Gallery is pleased to present United in Art, an exhibition of fine art from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, scheduled to run from June 2, 2009 through June 23, 2009. This represents the latest exhibition from Chelsea’s Agora Gallery, celebrating innovation and diversity; United in Art demonstrates the depth and range of work originating from the United Kingdom. Ranging from the figurative to the abstract and enjoying qualities of spontaneity, color and rhythm. The works on display teem with energy as they capture both the form and spirit of their subjects.

Colorful, innocent and instantly disarming, the works by Cristina Rodriguez radiate a zest for life. Her paintings, usually made with oils on linen, reflect a unity between animals, humans and the lands that they abide in. Her composition knows no boundaries, easily drifting from a natural landscape setting to a flattened picture plane where figures, plants or objects remain nestled in their own personal spaces. Rodriguez’s style is remarkable, both simplistic and elegant at once, she pares down her figures and scenery to essential components, heavily outlined and draped with bold beautiful colors. Her upbringing in Colombia and subsequent journeys around the world have inspired and refreshed her creative spirit. “Storytelling and color are engraved in me since I was born,” she explains. “All I have done is use that gift and recreate into my own personal language as an artist.” Her works have been exhibited in Colombia, London and New York. Cristina Rodriguez lives and works in London.

Exhibition Dates: June 2, 2009 – June 23, 2009
Reception: Thursday, June 4, 2009, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.

Featured Artists:
Adrian Gallagher
Pat Hay
Martina O’Brien
Teresa Poole
Cristina Rodriguez
Jo Tunmer

Agora Gallery
Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery located in the heart of New York City’s Chelsea art galleries district that was established in 1984 and is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. The gallery also publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of internationally talented emerging and mid-level artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is also the sponsor of, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art from emerging, mid-level and well-established artists.

Agora Gallery
Joyce Asper
530 West 25th St
Chelsea, NY 10001