Born in 1990 in the Bronx, where she lives and works today, Yelaine Rodriguez is an Afro-Dominican United Statesian artist, educator, curator, and cultural organizer. She received her BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design | The New School (2013) and her MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies / Museum Studies from New York University (2021). Rodriguez conceptualizes wearable art, sculptures, and site-specific installations drawing connections between Black cultures in the Caribbean and the United States captured through photography and video documentation.
From 2015 - 2018, Rodriguez founded La Lucha: Dominican Republic and Haiti, One Island, an art collective exploring Dominican-Haitian relations through exhibitions, artist panels, and interactive conferences. Rodriguez has exhibited at Photoville, Mexic-Arte Museum, Longwood Art Gallery, American Museum of Natural History, Wave Hill, El Centro Cultural de España, Centro León Biennial XXVII in the Dominican Republic, and ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/21 El Museo del Barrio’s (NY) first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art. Rodriguez is currently an Adjunct Instructor at The New School and NYU.
Photo by: Elia Alba, La Joya