Alexis Rodríguez-Duarte is a New York based art photographer, author and filmmaker born in Havana, Cuba and is the author of a book entitled, Presenting Celia Cruz . In 1968 he and his parents were among Cuban exiles who...
Alexis Rodríguez-Duarte is a New York based art photographer, author and filmmaker born in Havana, Cuba and is the author of a book entitled, Presenting Celia Cruz. In 1968 he and his parents were among Cuban exiles who left the island aboard the humanitarian air lifts called the Freedom Flights. Rodriguez–Duarte’s family settled in Miami’s Little Havana community and at the age of 10, was given his first camera by his grandfather, which led to his love affair with photography. Today, he is an internationally renowned photographer known for his elegant fashion photographs, conceptual art photos, male nudes and celebrity portraits. Rodriguez-Duarte in collaboration with his husband of 35 years, Tico Torres have photographed some of the world’s leading artists, celebrities and public figures such as Jeff Koons, Madonna, Maurizio Catalan, Rachel Feinstein, Daniel Arsham, Andy Garcia, Carolina Herrera, Gloria Vanderbilt and Enrique Iglesias among many others. His photos have appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Out, People, The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar Art China, Elle Men China, Rolling Stone China and the British, French, German and Spanish editions of Vogue, among other major publications and international advertising campaigns for designers such as Paul Smith for his Autumn/Winter 2020 campaign. His work is in many private and public collections and has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History and The National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris, France), the Jewish Museum (New York City), the Annenberg Space for Photography (Los Angeles), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana, Cuba), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Havana Biennial, Lowe Art Museum at University of Miami, Museum of the City of New York, Fototeca de Cuba (Havana, Cuba), Museo de Arte de Ponce (Puerto Rico), El Museo Latino (Omaha, Nebraska), the Bass Museum (Miami Beach), the Cuban Museum (Miami), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Texas), Museum of Art & Design (Miami), the Miami-Dade Public Library System, the Bronx Museum, the Coral Gables Museum and the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York). He has been an adjunct professor at the International Center for Photography (ICP) in NYC and has lectured at The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, The Annenberg Space for Photography, The International Center for Photography (ICP), Miami International Book Fair, The Cuban Heritage Collection at University of Miami, The Museum of the City of New York, The Latino Museum (Omaha, NE), and The New School (NYC) among others. His portrait of artist, Emilio Sanchez was chosen by the United States Postal Service for the panel sheet accompanying Sanchez’s stamps and commemorating his centennial. Rodriguez-Duarte and Torres have been documenting the Cuban diaspora since 1993 for a portrait series entitled, Cuba Out of Cuba. Torres and his family were also among Cuban exiles who left the island on the Freedom Flights and eventually settled in Miami’s Hialeah community. Torres, a fashion stylist who is a master of the mise-en-scène, helped create the scene with Rodriguez-Duarte of the joyous image of Celia Cruz standing amid the towering palms of Fairchild Tropical Garden in a traditional ruffled Cuban “guarachera” gown which the National Portrait Gallery has called the iconic photograph of Celia. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery now has a portfolio of 18 portraits from the Cuba Out of Cuba series in their permanent collection. MUSEUM COLLECTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS:Library of Congress, Washington D.C.Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, FranceSmithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.The Jewish Museum, New York Miami Dade Public Library, Miami, Florida LnS Gallery Miami, FloridaCuban Heritage Collection at University of MiamiLehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, PennsylvaniaMuseo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, CubaThe Lowe Art Museum, University of MiamiFototeca de Cuba, Havana, CubaMuseum of Fine Arts Houston, TexasQueens Museum of Art, New YorkPhilip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Collegeville, PennsylvaniaBlanton Museum, University of Texas, AustinThe Bronx Museum of the Arts, New YorkEl Museo del Barrio, New York, New YorkThe Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FloridaIndiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IndianaKinsey Institute, Bloomington, IndianaThe Cuban Museum, Miami, FloridaMunson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, New YorkMuseo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto RicoSnite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, IndianaThe University Museum, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IllinoisSyracuse University Art Galleries, New YorkUniversity of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming CLIENTS INCLUDE:Abercrombie & FitchAdvocateBillboardBritish GQBritish VogueCondé Nast TravelerEMI RecordsEsquireHarper's BazaarHarper's Bazaar Art ChinaInterview LatinaL'OréalL'Uomo VogueMiami International Film FestivalNeiman MarcusNew YorkerNew York TimesOcean DriveOutPaul SmithPeople MagazineSony MusicTown & CountryUnited States Postal ServiceVanity FairVogue EspañaVogue ParisVogue GermanyWallpaper MagazineWomen’s Entertainment Channel TICO TORRES FASHION STYLIST / CASTING DIRECTOR / ART DIRECTOR
Has worked in the fashion photography industry for more than 30 years as a freelancefashion stylist, casting director, location scout, producing photo shoots and on-set art director. Worked for many national and international publications as a freelance stylist. Dressed and styled celebrities, worked on advertising campaigns, etc. Fluent in English and Spanish, conversational in French.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE :
TALBOTS - Style Advisor (November 2010 to 2015)
Style Advisor for the Madison Avenue Flagship and Broadway & 82nd Street stores.- Responsible for increasing metric sales- Training Sales Associates at all New York City locations on how to increase sales andshowing styling options for looks.- Style customers/models and host for fashion events, etc.- Expand client base by introducing customers to brand, style by design appointments andby fostering and maintaining strong communication and relations with customers.- Ensure a team atmosphere and positive employee relations.- Train new Style Advisors at various store locations across the country.
FREELANCE FASHION STYLIST, KIDS CASTING DIRECTOR & ON-SET ART
MACYS (2000 TO 2010)
- Freelance fashion stylist responsible for styling sale books, mailers, in-store signage andHoliday Sale books.- Kids casting director. Held castings for kids, booked, scheduled, confirmed and styledshoots.- On-set art director for the Florida and Puerto Rico divisions of Macys, overseeing hair,make-up, photography, lighting, etc. Responsible for look of final images for catalogs.
FREELANCE FASHION STYLIST (1988 to Present)
- Styling models and celebrities such as Gloria Estefan, Enrique Iglesias, Janet Jackson,Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Gianni Versace, Lauren Hutton, Daisy Fuentes, Jon Secada,Cristina Saralegui, Demi Moore and Andy Garcia among many others.- Fashion styling work has appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar,Town & Country, L’Uomo Vogue, The New Yorker, GQ, People en Español, Latina, Out Hearst Publications and the German, Spanish and Italian editions of Vogue Magazine among others.- Styled advertising campaigns for clients such as Paul Smith, Max Mara, Wilke-RodriguezMenswear, Women’s Entertainment Channel and L’Oreal among others.- Collaborate with photographer, Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte as stylist and on-set art director forhis editorial magazine work. Booked studios, locations, catering, etc.- Worked with photographers such as Bruce Weber, Richard Avedon, Norman Parkinson,Bill Heuberger, Tim Geanny, Steven Klien & Toshi Tasaki among others.
FREELANCE CASTING DIRECTOR (2004 TO 2012)
- Clients included Macys, Coca Cola, Walmart & Bebe among others.- Booked, confirmed and scheduled models for photo shoots.
STUDIO MANAGER - BRUCE WEBER - LITTLE BEAR PRODUCTIONS. (2001
TO 2002) GOLDEN BEACH, FLORIDA
- Oversaw all aspects of office and photo studio.- Casting for models for Abercrombie & Fitch and other advertising campaigns.- Contacted and booked celebrities for photo shoots for W and Interview Magazines.CO-AUTHOR OF A BOOK ENTITLED, PRESENTING CELIA CRUZ (ClarksonPotter/Random House, 2004)