What he does: As a multimedia artist, Robert Hodge uses various materials for his creations. Scraps of old newspapers and deteriorating posters find a new life in his collages. Much of his art deals with African American History and the preservation of storytelling. He also owns 3 Muse Gallery, a community gallery for local artists.
What he likes about it: Hodge likes the process of making actual work. Researching for his art is informative and helps feed the production, but it's the multiple ways of expressing his research that's special. "The actual slanging of paint and drawing is the most enjoyable for me," he says.
What inspires him: He says that everyday life is what makes people connect with art. Events like a train at 3 a.m., or a woman walking her dog, are prime material for his canvas. "I take from life and find a way to try to make paintings interesting."
His proudest moment: Hodge doesn't divide his work into proudest moments, but he does take pride in the fact that he continues as an artist. He says that still having hunger and passion to create during difficult periods is what he's most proud of. "Being an artist is a difficult task and people fall of the wagon every year," says Hodge.
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What's up next: He will have a solo exhibit called Know Your History at the South Dallas Cultural Center this year. Currently, he has a few pieces on display in the Allen Building at the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston.
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