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Rod Acosta


Local artist Rodney Acosta has painted two panels for the Fort Myers River Basin Mural Project. The first is the actual fort’s guardhouse and a survey map that was drawn to scale by a major who came in 1856 to find out why so much money was being spent to build the fort. The second is a rendering of Fort Myers’ colorful sheriff, Frank Tippins, in a boat on the Caloosahatchee River with three other men.

Rodney works chiefly in mixed media on canvas or board. His compositions often include textiles and found objects. His technique features extreme light contrasts, heavy textures and scratching over layers of oil. Acosta is also a 3D artist, producing steel and wood sculpture.

Rodney exhibits his art in these various mediums in Florida and throughout the Caribbean. He has exhibited three times at the annual cuartel la puntilla biennial in San Juan, O.V.A.L. Artists League, the Orlando Museum of Art, Cafe Tutu Tango, Borders Bookstore, D.A.A.S. Co-Op and Sydney & Berne Davis Art Center, among others.

Acosta has taught individual art classes from time to time and has participated and won at least in 3 art contests.

Rodney has been drawing and painting since he was 14 years old. He graduated from the San Juan School of Fine Arts with a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts, but subsequently continued his art education at the Rollins College in Florida.

January 22, 2023.



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