LAWRENCE RODRIGUEZ, owner and founder of Casa Frela Gallery, has long been respected within the fashion industry and now the cultural arts community. Originating from Texas, Mr. Rodriquez’s dual nationality of Mexican American/Native American Indian and fluency in both Spanish and English has given him an insight into the two cultures, and become an important part of his art selection and socio-documentary explorations. He has the ability and vision to spot and promote the work of emerging artists. Thus upon moving to Harlem, New York, he founded Casa Frela Gallery. |
Since 1993 Mr. Rodriquez has directed the development and manufacturing of high fashion lines for such iconic designers as Ralph Lauren and Liz Lange. Throughout his 16-year path within the fashion and art fields, Lawrence stands out as one of the most creative and efficient professionals in the market.
He has served as curator and advisor for nonprofit art and social groups such as: the Annual Mount Sinai Hospital Employee Art Exhibit, The National ARTS Program Foundation, The Feminist Art Project, International, Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour and Alexander’s Angels, a group that hosts public events which promotes awareness of the contribution individuals with Down syndrome.
Among other achievements he has also spoken at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on behalf of Story Corps, an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.
With the creative drive of Mr. Rodriquez, Casa Frela Gallery has achieved a strong viewer following by creating art exhibitions, which embrace different cultures and ethnicities. Each show has displayed many concurrent and competing themes and perspectives of the Harlem, Latino, African American and LGBT community. With well over 80 exhibitions and cultural events held, Lawrence Rodriquez continues to create and produce programs that connect the people living in Harlem and the New York Metropolitan area with the wider art world.