Alexis Rodríguez-Duarte is a New York based art photographer 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 a New York based, internationally renowned photographer known for his elegant fashion photographs and celebrity portraits. Rodriguez-Duarte in collaboration with his husband of 33 years, Tico Torres have photographed some of the world’s leading artists, celebrities and public figures such as Jeff Koons, Madonna, Maurizio Cattelan, Rachel Feinstein, 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 Chine, Elle Men China and the British, French, German and Spanish editions of Vogue, among other major publications. 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, the Annenberg Space for Photography, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana, Cuba), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Lowe Art Museum at the 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), 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 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).
Rodriguez-Duarte and Torres have been documenting the Cuban diaspora since 1993 for a portrait series entitled, Cuba Out of Cuba. Torres, a fashion stylist who is a master of the mise-en-scene, helped create the scene with Rodriguez-Duarte 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. Torres andhis family were also among Cuban exiles who left the island on the Freedom Flights and eventually settled in Miami’s Hialeah community.
PUBLIC & MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.
Miami Dade Public Library, Miami, Florida
Cuban Heritage Collection at University of Miami
Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas
Queens Museum of Art, New York
Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Blanton Museum, University of Texas, Austin
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
El Museo del Barrio, New York, New York
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana
Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, Indiana
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, New York
Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico
Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, Indiana
The University Museum, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois
Syracuse University Art Galleries, New York
University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming
Abercrombie & Fitch
Condé Nast Traveler
Harper's Bazaar Art China
New York Times
Town & Country
Women’s Entertainment Channel