Rodolfo Choperena's work is abstracted photography: representational yet complicated by the obscuring and absenting of the subject. By inducing movement and manually manipulating light sources, he provokes a figurative tableau when it comes to transforming abstraction.
Every shot, every video, is the evidence of a performance with the acts of montage and manipulation performed in camera. Movement is the primary performative act. By maneuvering the camera’s placement, aperture and exposure settings in relation to color fields, landscapes, light sources, precipitation and seascapes, Choperena's work pushes the boundaries of perception, creating organic, lyrical free forms.
The resultant images retain their pure chroma. Each is the reinterpretation of the original subject with striations that shift in varying intervals and rhythms, alternately compressing and expanding positive and negative space. However obscured each composition may be, a firm representational vantage point remains host to personal objects and scenario manipulations, making each image a direct reflection of my ever-changing environment.
A Mexico City native, Choperena graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with BS in biology. He is an active supporter of the San Antonio art scene and Board Member at Blue Star.
Rodolpho Choperena currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.