Our hearts are heavy tonight as we share the unfortunate news that New Iberia native and world famous artist George Rodrigue - known for his iconic Blue Dog paintings - has died after a long bout with cancer.

statement on his death was issued via the official George Rodrigue Facebook page.


Rodrigue grew up in New Iberia, attending an all-male high school called St. Peter's College, now know as Catholic High School. He studied art at USL (now known as UL) and then later at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

Rodrigue began painting Louisiana landscapes in the 1960s and eventually became known for painting outdoor family gatherings, as well as backgrounds that portrayed 19th and early 20th century southwestern Louisiana. He frequently used mossy trees and other common Acadiana scenery in his artwork.

It was in the mid-90s that Rodrigue rose to worldwide fame with his famous Blue Dog paintings, based on the old Cajun legend of the loup-garou.

Wendy Rodrigue

In addition to being a great artist, George Rodrigue was also a community leader and focused on inspiring the up-and-coming artists and educators of the next generation through his foundation, The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

Lousiana Governer Bobby Jindal referred to Rodrigue as one of Louisiana's "favorite sons" in a statement issued Saturday night following his death.

His work made him an ambassador for our state and a renowned artist, but he never forgot his Louisiana roots. Indeed, there are countless stories and examples of his charity work to help the people of Louisiana. Without question, his paintings will live on, but his legacy will be much more than paint on a canvas,

His family is asking for privacy during this difficult time and additional details will be released on Monday (Dec. 16).

George Rodrigue was 69.