Francisco Rodriguez Maruca


Francisco Rodriguez Maruca is a contemporary realist painter whose career has spanned for more than 40 years.

He began studying painting at an early age in his native Sonora, Mexico where he made his first gallery sales at the age of fifteen. In 1979, he received his degree from the University of Arizona in Media Arts and Studio Art and set out to build a career in the fields of commercial and fine art.

In 1981, he started exhibiting his work in the U.S. and for nearly two decades thereafter, earned a living as an illustrator working on assignments for publishers and corporations such as Houghton Mifflin; McGraw Hill; Random House; Scott Foresman; General Mills; Mayo Clinic; Motorola; Pepsico; Proctor and Gamble; Ralston Purina; Time Warner; Viacom.

Since 1997, he has devoted all of his attention to painting and continues to paint in the medium of oil using representational technique. His body of work embodies ideas associated with the resurgence of realism in contemporary art.

His paintings are in numerous collections and have been exhibited across the U.S. in solo and group exhibitions including Jane Hamilton Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 2016 and 2014; La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2011; Sacred Machine Museum, Tucson, AZ, 2010; The Fine Art Dealers Association Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles CA, 2009; Aqua Art Miami, Miami Beach, FL, 2008; NOVA Art Fair, Chicago, IL, 2006; Victoria Boyce Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ, 2005; Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, 2004; Palm Springs International Arts Fair, Palm Springs, CA, 2003.

He has lived in Mexico City, Los Angeles and calls the Sonoran Desert home.