“A cross-legged male figure plunges into deep blue water holding an undisclosed object tightly in his arms.” So describes Ramiro Rodriguez his Serie XI print entitled Anhelo (Longing), a continuation of the symbolic qualities of water he often depicts in his compositions. A proponent of the power art can present to viewers, Rodriguez uses water as symbols for unconsciousness, the femininity, birth, healing, and transformation. Born of Mexican parents in Douglas, Michigan, Rodriguez’s art career has flowed nicely since receiving his BFA in 1990 from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Already a part of several group exhibitions, Rodriguez used his knack for artistic expression and applied further to his studies: this time, to the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning where he gained his MFA in 1993. Within the next ten years Rodriguez presented over twenty exhibitions throughout the mid-west as well as in Los Angeles. His mediums, influenced by Dutch and Spanish painters, include watercolors, oils, woodcuts, and computer generated images. A former instructor and exhibition preparator, Rodriguez’s art career is one that, like the water he seeks to use in his work, is ever changing. In 2004 Rodriguez applied for a new career, though some would consider it more a gift than a job: fatherhood, which he shares with his wife in their hometown of residency in South Bend, Indiana.