Luis Rodríguez NOA, also known as NOA, is a contemporary artist, born June 14, 1970 in Baracoa (Guantánamo), Cuba. He lives and works in Havana, where he graduated from National Art School in 1989, and in 1994 from the Higher Institute of Industrial Design (as a designer of Visual Communication). NOA is a member of the Association of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).
The son of an artist, he grew up surrounded by paintings, books, and an incredibly artistic atmosphere. His first drawing classes were given by his father, artist Luis Eliades Rodríguez Martínez at the uniquely Cuban institution “Casa de la Cultura”. At the tender age of 12 the young NOA was selected by the Cuban art school and left home to start his art studies.
NOA’s work often focuses on the natural chaos, absurd, and sometimes surreal natures of Cuban existence, particularly the inherent in the culture of Havana street life. He manages to capture the subjectivity, lyricism and charm of it. Using irony and humor he probes existential questions through his creation of comic characters and symbols, which are punctuated by the occasional written word. His work is full of activity and depicts unexpected associations of concepts and images: from the bizarre to the beautiful, from the quotidian to the magical, from the abstract to the specific, from the intuitive to the rational, from the naïf to the intellectual. His work extends beyond painting and sculpture and into both literature and the graphic arts.
NOA has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. Among his most notable exhibitions are: “An Artist from Cuba,” 1995, Gallery Andy Jllien, Zürich; “Mendive and Noa,” 1999, Gallery Kunstmann, Mallorca; “Tiempo al Tiempo,” 2004, Center for Development of Visual Arts, La Habana; “Arte Serio,” 2011, Galería Cubana, Boston, “Visual Therapy,” 2017, Conde Contemporary gallery, Miami. “I Come From Everywhere, and Everywhere I Go”, 2017, Lois Lambert Gallery, Los Angeles.
His works are part of numerous private collections in Europe, Latin America, Canada and the United States, among other.