Edel Rodriguez makes art that pulls no punches. The Cuban-born illustrator, designer, author and art director is best known for the many covers he has created for acclaimed publications like The New York Times, TIME Magazine and The New Yorker. Inspired by personal history, religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia, his bold, figurative works have become even more urgent in the era of Trump.
In 2020, his sharp eye and wit have produced a slew of sometimes poignant, often provocative images, commenting on current events and issues like immigration, COVID-19 and the racial justice crisis. Here, visual relief is less about finding escape, and more about visualising dissent, expelling pressure and uncovering the absurd. Take a look at some of Rodriguez’s recent works below.