The art of Serge Rodas often asks the viewer to stop and think. Sometimes with more questions than answers.
His creations tend to evoke conflict within the human experience or internal struggles displayed in a colorful manner or an unwavering exploration of our existence. There is a different theme captured in each work and Rodas says that’s all part of his strength as an artist.
“Consistency might be taken as something negative if you're not consistent in a few things,” Rodas told Done. during a recent interview. “But actually, like I feel consistency, lacking consistency, can make you feel like always having this drive to explore different media and different things, even different styles. [So] I think that's definitely what has been forming my personal style.”
Rodas says while he was only recently diagnosed with ADHD, within the past few months, he’s already ready to shatter the stereotypes.
“It's important to get rid of that stigma of people, assuming that people with ADHD are less than others, or have less capabilities,” said Rodas. “Or people with ADHD always have to [be portrayed as] these stereotypes from movies and cartoons that are over the top and exaggerated. So I think it's important to always give the message that this is a real thing, people have it, people struggle. And it's not like just being goofy and funny all the time, because there are many sides to it.”
Rodas seeks inspiration for his expressions through visual platforms like Instagram and Behance and animated films. He loves artists who are unafraid to experiment with textures and colors and veer away from the mainstream.
It’s a passion he says started in kindergarten with the first time he held a pencil and hasn’t stopped. Rodas, who is originally from Guatemala but now resides in Argentina, says he loves following his instincts with the design process and letting his energies flow - even if it tends to mean forcing himself to return to work to finish it.
“I think there's always a direct reflection of our personalities in our work, because there's always like bits of us in everything that we create, or everything that we do,” said Rodas, who now works as an illustrator and art director. “So I think, whether it's based on positive things or negative things, we're always reflecting things that are happening to us that we're experiencing.”
Rodas says along the way with all his experience he’s learned an important central lesson: “it's important to have everything a bit balanced, more balanced,” he says. “I know it's hard - but it works.”