The idea behind ‘KMNDZ’ is built upon the premise of reflection, hope, and a burning desire to live life to the fullest.” A successful leader in the graphic design community, this Los Angeles based artist, has worked for some of the world’s premier design agencies and top entertainment companies. With brands like MTV Networks, Universal Pictures, Microsoft, Lexus, Disney, and Activision populating his resume, Rodriguez has built an impressive portfolio of both artistic and technological accomplishments in the world of graphic design and new-media. However, primarily, Rodriguez is an artist.

He attributes his success in commercial design as a direct result of his passion for art. “I didn’t choose a career in visual design. It chose me. Draw, paint, design, take pictures… it’s what I do and always have done.” KMDNZ is about both the past and the future. “Anyone who’s ever touched a Mac, knows that the keystroke combination ‘command’ + ’z’ = ‘undo’. After using it day in and day out at work, I started wishing that I had an ‘undo’ action for everyday life. We’ve all done things that we wished we hadn’t, and said things that we would like to take back.”

Rodriguez’s personal work is quite different from his commercial endeavors. When he sits down to paint, he puts aside the pressures of mass appeal and commercial accessibility, and instead focuses on creating art for himself. Drawing from his own life, his paintings brim with memories of family and friends, religious undertones, and iconic elements. A recent piece features a drawing of an audio cassette embedded into a hand grenade. This represents a tough look back at the time when his father left their family to fight a war in Nicaragua, and left only an audio recording to explain his actions. Other paintings depict the biblical stories of Jonah and King David. Yet another deals with a strange coincidence that reminds him of a close relative that recently passed away from cancer.

“I’m overwhelmed by the reaction that I’ve received about my art. I paint about the things that have meaning in my life, and it is amazing to know that it touches others. The messages are simple. Be honest to yourself. Hold yourself accountable for your actions. Never forget. And live your life fully without wishing to hit ‘KMNDZ’.”

Artist Website: http://www.kmndz.com

Current and Previous Works by Johnny Rodriguez aka KMNDZ

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  • “Salt Peanuts”

    (2010)
    $3,500
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    Mixed media on wood panels (diptych)
    96" × 96"
    244 × 244 cm

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  • “Pole Sitter”

    (2008)
    $250
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    Acrylic & White-Out Pen on Board
    8" × 10"
    20 × 25 cm

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    • Picks Of The Harvest: Batch IV
  • “The Cure”

    (2008)
    $5,000
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    Acrylic on board (framed)
    20" × 31 1/2"
    51 × 79 cm

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    • Red Forest
  • “El Chango”

    (2008)
    $9,000
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    Acrylic on canvas (framed)
    47 1/2" × 35 1/2"
    119 × 89 cm

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  • “Specimen #3”

    (2008)
    $1,000
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    Ink & acrylic wash on paper (framed)
    8" × 11/1/2002"
    20 × 28 cm

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  • “Specimen #4”

    (2008)
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    Ink & acrylic wash on paper (framed)
    8" × 11/1/2002"
    20 × 28 cm

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  • “Specimen #5”

    (2008)
    $1,000
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    Ink & acrylic wash on paper (framed)
    8" × 11/1/2002"
    20 × 28 cm

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  • “Over Grown”

    (2008)
    $650
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    Graphite & Acrylic on paper mounted to wood
    8" × 8"
    20 × 20 cm

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  • “Lemming”

    (2008)
    $9,000
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    Acrylic on canvas wrapped panel (framed)
    72" × 24"
    183 × 61 cm

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  • “Selah”

    (2008)
    $1,000
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    Acrylic on canvas
    30" × 10"
    76 × 25 cm

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    • Red Forest
  • “On My Mind”

    (2010)
    $900
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    Mixed media on paper mounted on wood
    9" × 12"
    23 × 30 cm

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  • “Something In Me”

    (2010)
    $900
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    Mixed media on paper mounted on wood
    9" × 12"
    23 × 30 cm

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  • “Nothing New Under The Son”

    (2008)
    $12,000
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    Acrylic on board (framed)
    35 1/2" × 47 1/2"
    89 × 119 cm

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    • Red Forest
  • “Tumors”

    (2008)
    $2,400
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    Acrylic on board
    16" × 19 1/2"
    41 × 48 cm

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  • “LA (small)”

    (2008)
    $800
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    Acrylic on canvas
    12" × 16"
    30 × 41 cm

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  • “The Twist”

    (2008)
    $600
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    Graphite & Acrylic on paper in antique metal frame
    Measurements include frame

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  • “Grace”

    (2008)
    $900
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    Graphite & Acrylic on paper in antique metal frame
    Measurements include frame
    10" × 14"
    25 × 36 cm

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    • Red Forest
  • “No. 4 (small)”

    (2008)
    $400
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    Acrylic on canvas
    5" × 7"
    13 × 18 cm

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  • “LA (large)”

    (2008)
    $1,800
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    Acrylic on canvas
    24" × 30"
    61 × 76 cm

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  • “Receiver”

    (2008)
    $6,000
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    Acrylic on board (framed)
    39" × 16"
    99 × 41 cm

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  • “Specimen #6”

    (2008)
    $1,000
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    Ink & acrylic wash on paper (framed)
    8" × 11/1/2002"
    20 × 28 cm

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  • “Twisted”

    (2008)
    $2,400
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    Acrylic on board
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm

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  • “Specimen #1”

    (2008)
    $1,000
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    Mixed media on paper in homemade frame
    8" × 11.5"
    20 × 29 cm

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    • Looking Glass
  • “Broken”

    (2008)
    $1,000
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    Acrylic on canvas
    6" × 12"
    15 × 30 cm

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    • Red Forest
  • “Bird Brain”

    (2009)
    $900
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    Graphite, ink & acrylic on paper (framed in handmade shadow box)
    9" × 12"
    23 × 30 cm

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