Rodrigo Valles is a, NYC-based, self-taught artist. He taught himself to oil paint around the age of 26 and developed his signature style over several years. His earliest artistic passion was a fascination with graffiti as a teen. Painting is not his only profession, though it is his passion. He is a scientist by training and works as an operations director for large research centers. In 2014 Rodrigo developed and taught an undergraduate class for Hunter College that explored the neurological, psychological and sociological underpinnings of creativity. The syllabus for the class was very novel at the time and drew heavily from the emerging field of neuroaesthetics. Throughout the years he expanded his network of collectors, artists, academics, gallerists, and curators. He leveraged these contacts in order to curate contemporary art shows both alone and with noted curators as well as launch a business advisory service for creative professionals. To date, his work has been exhibited in notable art fairs during Art Basel Miami, galleries in New York City and alongside renowned contemporary artists.