Rodrigo Calixto was born in 1979 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where he currently lives and works. He has a degree in Industrial Design from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ).
Calixto is a self-taught woodworker. He opened his first studio when he was 22, fully dedicated to producing his signed and numbered furniture pieces. A few years later, in 2006, his exclusive dedication to solid wood sparkled his interest in sculpting. Later on, he began to produce art multiples.
In 2012, a plastic change is noticeable in Calixto’s woodwork, in the discourse and intent that drove him to the threshold of design and art, yet not establishing a clear Positioning.
In 2015, when he was actively producing art pieces and balancing the activities of woodworking and design while maintaining the production of his signed pieces, he was diagnosed with leukemia. It was also in that year that he decided to truly dedicate himself to studying Visual Arts.
The Symbiosis [Simbiose] series, a work produced from remains of the blood transfusions during his chemotherapy treatment and after his bone marrow transplant, has definitely established the new path in his artistic career. Other works were produced in this period as well, which the artist calls his red phase.
Although his background is wood, Calixto experiments with other materials, using them as vehicles of his art. That represents the multidisciplinarity demanded from him when starting his career, which gradually contributed to forming a researcher artist who brings experiment and action together.