Rodrigo Nava is a process-oriented sculptor with a focus on explosive-forming techniques. Born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1978, Nava mentored under artists Edgar Guzman, Joseph Fichter, and Franco Ciarlo. Through these experiences, Nava became familiar with the sculptural use of stone, ironwork and mixed media.
Nava took Fichter’s position as Head of Sculpture Department at The Putney School in Putney, VT, returning to stone sculpture and incorporating process with materials such as wax, brass, and poured tin. From his current studio in Putney, Nava explores the interaction between the intentional hand of the sculpture, the material quality of steel and experimental explosive processes that alter the form created by hand.
Although Nava frequents New York City, he maintains residence in Putney where he continues to teach part-time, and at times holds process-restrained, temporary art collaborations.