My work is abstracted photography: representational yet complicated by the obscuring and absenting of the subject. By inducing movement and manually manipulating light sources, I provoke a figurative tableau into transforming into 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, my 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.




Solo Exhibitions


Alternative Materials, Studio Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal



A Few of My Favorite Things, Musical Bridges Around the World Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Personal Space, Overland Partners Art Program, San Antonio, TX

Interventions of Light, Dock Space Gallery, San Antonio, TX



Fifty. Gama Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Rodolfo Choperena: The Wave,  Artemisa Gallery, New York, NY



Recent Work, Cinq Gallery, Dallas, TX



The Fine Line, Vaudeville Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX

Interventions of Light, ArtLima, Cinnabar Gallery, Lima, Peru



Art Board #1, Guadalupe Cultural Art Center, San Antonio, TX



Untitled, Guthrie Contemporary Gallery, New Orleans, LA

The New Mexican: Recent Work, Santa Fe, NM



ArtSee Miami,  Miami, FL 

Recent Work, Fotoseptiembre, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

Recent Work, PhotoNOLA, Guthrie Contemporary, New Orleans, LA



Inaugural Exhibition, 4Design Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Unexpected: Recent Works by Rodolfo Choperena, G2 ArtSight, San Antonio, TX



Painting For Youth, Scholas Ocurrentes, Rome, Italy



Ataturk Maslak Auto Industrial Zone Exhibit, Gama Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Show, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO

Aggregate, Cinq Gallery, Dallas, TX

Sweet Sixteen, Flight Gallery, San Antonio, TX



The Looking Glass, Walker’s Gallery, San Marcos, TX

Arte Nuevo / New Art: San Antonio 2016, University of Texas at San Antonio



New Draw, Cinq Gallery, Dallas, TX

Take Me To The River, Octavia Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Cinq Summer Seven, Cinq Gallery, Dallas, TX



Momentary Realities, Cinnabar Gallery, San Antonio, TX

The Vastness Is Bearable, Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Arte Nuevo / New Art: San Antonio 2014, University of Texas at San Antonio

Summer Solstice, Octavia Gallery, San Antonio, TX



ITCH, Flight Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Biophilia: Piso 51, Mexico City, Mexico



Big and Bright: New Work From Texas, Southwestern College Art Gallery, 

Chula Vista, CA

Shilpa: Colors of India-Pakistan-Bangladesh, Walkers’ Gallery, San Marcos, TX

Arte Nuevo / New Art: San Antonio 2012, University of Texas at San Antonio

Temporary Exhibits, City Hall, Public Art San Antonio



Art Pair, Emily Morgan Hotel, San Antonio, TX

By Permit Only, Guadalupe Cultural Art Center, San Antonio, TX

Transitio_MX 04: The Electronic Arts and Video Festival 04, Mexico City, Mexico

Grupo de los Dieciseis, Mexico City, Mexico

Divine Mercy, Flight Gallery, San Antonio, TX



Photographic Dialogues, Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, TX

Inaugural Exhibit, La Brignonesca, Careyes, Mexico

Dallas Art Fair, Ruiz-Healy Art, Dallas, TX


Hasselblad Featured Photographer of the Month, September 2013

C-Wave in Green was collected for the cover of H. Murakami’s Sputnik Sweetheart


Argo Group

Big Tex

Capital One

Changarrito en Accion

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Fullbright & Jaworski

Grande Cheese Company

Guadalupe Cultural Art Center

Hyatt South Beach

Liberto Enterprises

MCA Santa Barbara

Random House

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

San Antonio Spurs

Scholas Ocurrentes

Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital

St. Benedict’s LLC

University of Texas at San Antonio

University Health System San Antonio

Vagabond Hotel

Rubin, David, “Moving the Camera: Rodolfo Choperena’s Photographic Abstractions,” Glasstire, January 18, 2017

Gil, Jason, “Rodolfo Choperena’s ’Interventions of Light’ Showcase Movement,“ Nowcastsa, January 13, 2017

Günay, Elif, “Rodolfo Choperena 50, ” Once Vatan, Istanbul, September 27, 2016

Olmos, Isabel, “Hoteles en Miami apuestan por colecciones de arte propias,” El Nuevo Herald, June 28, 2015

Rosenbloom, Stephanie, “The Gateway,” The New York Times, March 17, 2015

Aguilar y Maya, Marcela and Perea, Barbara, “Rodolfo Choperena Artista de la Luz,” La Revista, Mexico February 2015

Arnold, Liz, “Balanced Equation,” LUXE Magazine, Houston Edition Fall 2014

Silva, Elda. “Photographer Plays With Time,” San Antonio Express-News, October 12, 2014

Goddard, Dan R., “Postmodern Concepts Collide In Cinnabar’s Momentary Realities,” San Antonio Current, October 8, 2014

Castañeda, Janila, “Rodolfo Choperena: La Estética del Movimeinto,” Revista Farenheit, September 14, 2014

Nikitas, Theano. “Profile Update,” Hasselblad Bulletin, September 1, 2013

Gordon, Holly, “UTSA Alumnus Rodolfo Choperena Explores Color Through Abstract Photographs,” UTSA Today, December 8, 2011

Gupta, Anjali, “Chroma,”, August 4, 2011

Dirkson, Kirish, “Sitting Down With Rudy Choperena,” Kindform, July 22, 2011

Silva, Elda, “Guadalupe’s Poster Exhibit Blurs Lines Between Street, Gallery Art,” San Antonio Express News, July 25, 2011

Fisch, Sarah, “Top Critic’s Picks,” San Antonio Current, September 9, 2009

Dickens, Scott, “Rodolfo Choperena’s Unexpected Outcomes,”, September, 2009

Bennet, Steve, “Seeing Mexico in a Bend of Light,” San Antonio Express-News, September 27, 2009

Fisch, Sarah, “CAM, FIN: I said GOOD DAY, Contemporary Art Month,” Plaza De Armas, March 28, 2009

Selected Bibliography