Born in 1990 in the Bronx, where she lives and works today, Yelaine Rodriguez is an Afro-Dominican United Statesian artist, educator, curator, and cultural organizer. She received a B.F.A. from the New School (2013) and an M.A. from New York University (2021). Rodriguez conceptualizes wearable art and site-specific installations, drawing connections between Black cultures in the Caribbean and the United States through fashion, video, performance, and photography. Her interfaith and intercountry narratives examine identity and race.
Rodriguez’s curatorial practice centers around the fundamental contributions of African Diasporic communities. Her latest curatorial projects include “Afro Syncretic” at NYU (2019), “Resistance, Roots, and Truth” at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (2018), and “(under)REPRESENT(ed)” at Parsons (2017).
Rodriguez is the recipient of the Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship from the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (2017), Wave Hill Van Lier Fellowship (2018), Latinx Project Curatorial Fellowship at NYU (2019), and Bronx Museum AIM Program (2020). Her work has been included at Longwood Art Gallery, American Museum of Natural History, Wave Hill, Rush Art Gallery, El Centro Cultural de España, and Centro León Biennial XXVII in the Dominican Republic. Rodriguez is an Adjunct Instructor at the New School and NYU.