Emilio Héctor Rodríguez was born in the colonial village of Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, in 1950. His family moved to Havana before he reached the age of three. His encounter with art was in his early childhood, when he visited different museums in Havana and other cities in Cuba. Since his early childhood he exhibited a precocious talent for painting and drawing. He started drawing and experimenting with oil paint and tempera at the age of 12. He began studying classical guitar at 18 and did so for 3 years. While a student at the Instituto Pre-Universitario de Marianao (Marianao Senior High School), he participated in several workshops sponsored by San Alejandro Arts Academy. Between 1969 and 1970 he worked under the guidance of Cuban painter Jesús Antonio Valdovino Diaz at a center for the visual arts run by Consejo Nacional de Cultura (National Council of Culture) located in El Vedado, La Habana. In 1971 he enrolled in the University of Havana to study Pure Mathematics, but after two years he changed the field to Computer Science, obtaining his degree in 1976. After graduation he worked as a software specialist. In 1978 he began signing his artwork as “Emilio Héctor”. He left Cuba permanently in 1981 and spent one year living in Paris where he had the opportunity to be in contact with art at large. He moved to Miami, Florida, in 1982, where he currently resides with his family. Upon arrival in Miami, he completed a series of drawings and started working as a computer analyst/programmer. He has been working for Miami-Dade County since 1984 until present. He began painting with acrylic guided by the experienced Cuban painter Dominica Alcántara in 2005 at the “Latin Quarter Cultural Center” in Miami. Abstract painting became his last interest and passion. He has been painting abstracts since 2007. Emilio Héctor is very dedicated to his art and has been participating in the workshops of renowned Cuban-American painters and professors Baruj Salinas and Yovani Bauta at Miami Dade College. His work can be found in private and public collections in Florida as well as in other states and countries of South America Europe and Asia.
In 2010 Emilio Héctor presented a group of abstract artists to commemorate a Century since the first abstract artwork by Wassily Kandisnsky. This presentation later continued to become the “7 Plus One Art Project” which has been presenting abstract art exhibitions in diverse institutions such as Miami Dade College, the Koubek Center and the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center. Actually, Emilio Hector conducts this project as its founder and director.
In 2014 Emilio Héctor is invited to become a member of The Cuban American Phototheque Foundation in recognition of his work in the field of photography.