Rodney Alan Greenblat, American (1960 - )

Rodney Alan Greenblat

Rodney Alan Greenblat was born in California in 1960 and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 1982.

Greenblat is a creator of intriguing and whimsical art. His paintings and sculpture have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. He is the author and illustrator of children’s books, and a creator of computer art and characters for children and adults. Rodney's sculptural work was featured in the 1985 Whitney Biennial, and his work was a major component of the East Village art scene.

Rodney designed the characters for 1996 hit Sony PlayStation game “Parappa the Rapper” which has sold over 3 million copies world wide.

He currently lives in New York City and Ghent New York.


Selected Exhibitions
1982 "The Threshold, Rodney Alan Greenblat,” Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
1983 Gracie Mansion Gallery, NYC
1984 "It's About Love” Anna Friebe Galerie, Cologne, West Germany
1985 “The New World” Gracie Mansion Gallery, NYC
1985 Whitney Biennial - Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
1985 “Familiar Frontiers” Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria, Australia
1986 “House of Progress,” Gracie Mansion Gallery, NYC, Karl Bornstein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1987 “Reality and Imagination, Two Taste Treats in One”, Museum of Art, Penn State University
1987 “Paintings and Furniture” Hokin/Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988 “Reality and Imagination, Two Taste Treats in One!,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
1988 “Reality and Imagination” Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston,TX
1988 “The Scenic Route,” Gracie Mansion Gallery, NYC
1988 “Design Your Own Future,” Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1989 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1990 “Cosmic Adhesive” Gracie Mansion Gallery, New York, NY
1992 “Land Ho! The Mythic World of Rodney A. Greenblat” Museum of Art, Roanoke Virginia
1992 “Land Ho! The Mythic World of Rodney A. Greenblat” Chrysler Museum, Norfolk Virginia
1992 “The Center For Advanced Whimsy” Carpenter Arts Center, Harvard University
1993 “Computer Generated Images” PPOW gallery New York City
1994 “Rodney Time” Creation Gallery, Tokyo Japan
1994 “Land Ho! The Mythic World of Rodney A. Greenblat” World Financial Center, NYC
1997 “The Rodney Adventure” Discovery Museum - Bridgeport CT
1998 “New Studio Rodney” Parco department stores - Japan
1999 “Rodney's Art in a Box” Sony Plaza - Tokyo and Osaka Japan
2000 “Rodney's Character Club and Post Office” Parco Department Store - Tokyo and Osaka Japan
2000 “Cafe Rodney” Tokyo
2001 "Canworld Expo" Takeshimaya Department Store - Osaka Japan
2005 "Summer 2005" group show BCB Gallery, Hudson NY

Children's Books
1990 “Uncle Wizzmo's New Used Car” published by Harper Collins
1991 “Aunt Ippy's Museum of Junk” published by Harper Collins
1993 “Slombo The Gross” published by Harper Collins
1997 “Thunder Bunny” published by Harper Collins
1998 “Thunder Bunny” (Japanese version) published by Sony Magazines
2000 “RodneyFun Comic Collection No.1” published by Little More - Tokyo

Computer Software
1991 “Rodney's Funscreen” Computer learning games for children, published by Activision
1992 “Rodney's Wonder Window” Computer art on CD-ROM, Published by Voyager
1994 “Dazzeloids” Computer story book on CD-ROM, Published by Voyager
1996 “Clickamajigs” Downloadable interactive software toys for Nick Online, published by Nickelodeon.
Video Games
1997 “Parappa The Rapper” published by Sony Computer Entertainment
1999 “Um Jammer Lammy” published by Sony Computer Entertainment
2001 "Parappa 2" published by Sony Computer Entertainment

Animation
1993 Ugo Ugo Lhuga - Japanese Children’s program on Fuji TV- “Rodney Guy” daily segment
1994 Shelly Duvall's Bedtime Stories - Universal Studios - “Aunt Ippy", “Uncle Wizzmo" episodes
2000 “Chinese Disco” music video for rock/pop band Shonen Knife
2001 "Parappa The Rapper" produced by Sony Visual Works, broadcast on FUJI TV
2002 "Bibi Little's Rainbow Day - A Thunder Bunny Fuwa Fuwa Story" produced and distributed by Sony Creative Products, animation by Yuichi Ito

Teaching
1993 - 1997 School of Visual Arts - New York City - Masters, Computer Art, Interactivity

Illustration and Design Clients
US: Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Child Magazine, Sesame Street Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, Macromedia, Nickelodeon, Microsoft. Japan: McSister, FP, Pronto, Illustration, Olive, Super Designing, Sony Creative Products, Sony Computer Entertainment, Dunkin' Donuts, Tokyu Department Store, Dentsu, Fuji TV, Fujitsu, Minolta, Family Mart, Parco Dopartment Stores, NTT DoCoMo, McDonalds Japan, Lipton Tea Japan, House Foods Japan, Nishiin, Bijutsu shuppan-sha, Yurakucho Real Estate Developement, Felissimo.

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