Abnel Rodríguez Quiles was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico on March 13, 1964.
In his youth, his interest in art led him to pursue studies in drawing and
painting. While living in New York City, he studied illustration, graphic
art and design at the prestigious Pratt Institute. In 1990, Abnel
graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan with a major in
Along the course of his career, he has worked as an illustrator,
designer, translator and editor for various publishing and communications agencies,
and has received several honors for his drawings, paintings and artistic vision.
Abnel's work appears in the recently published Images
of Ambiente: Homotextuality and Latin American Art, 1810-Today by
Rudi C. Bleys. Being the main photographer of this
FireIslandInvasion.com's 2002 and 2003 Invasion Galleries and
Island Invasion 2003 Calendar is just another form of expressing
his creativity, pride and love of freedom.
"Last week, while sitting with a friend in Tompkins Square
Park, a group of people went by and yelled: "You sodomites." I was
stunned. I couldn't believe that there were still people who had that kind
of mentality.It's time to rise and live. It's time to feel good about who we
are. Those who hide themselves cannot be happy."
- Abnel Rodríguez