Grassroots Art Center

El trabajo rústico cement wood art of San Antonio

by Phil Pasquini

BFA and MFA in Sculpture, from the San Francisco Art Institute

Art

Trolley stop, faux bois (1927), Alamo Heights

Dionicio Rodriguez, San Antonio, Texas

Aristotle may have been the first to introduce the theory that “Art imitates nature,” but faux bois (false wood) folk artist Dionicio Rodríguez of San Antonio perfected the skills to convincingly turn theory into reality.

Rodríguez’s artistic manipulation of reinforcing steel along with the plasticity of cement is so convincing that one has to look twice to discern that his pieces are in fact not natural.