One of the biggest satisfactions of creating my art comes through the actions I make on the streets. When I work on the streets one of my aims is to reach as many levels of society as possible, not only to those who are art sensitive. The streets belong to everybody, specially to those who live it more intensely.
I have just came back from my first trip through Asia. It’s been a really tough, exciting and enriching experience. For this tour I wanted to make interventions that tackle the current political and social situation of each city while addressing topics in an atemporal and poetic manner. In order to better assimilate such cultures it was essential to meet and shear experiences with locals, as at the end it is really about the effect that Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong made in me and not the other way around.
Everyone is an Artist (Tokyo)
This is my witty tribute to the working women of Japan, titled after Joseph Beuys’ paradigm. Showing a silhouette of a cleaning lady pouring out a bucket and recreating “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” by Hokusai.
Shark-fin Soup (Tokyo)
This is a work that makes use of the classic anime aesthetics to camouflage a critique to a reality much less kind: the genocide of a specie (Sharks) for which Japanese consumers are not the only but the most responsible for. A sea predator that emerges in the city revealing a human bite on its dorsal fin.
Using an icon of Japanese culture that I have always felt interest in, as the Bonsai, I wanted to make a surrealistic work that plays with scale of different elements.
I originally conceived this as an indoor painting some time ago. I made this sort of tribute as a manner of thank you to the Japanese culture for the inspiration that drove me to create it in the first place.
Iron Curtain (Seoul)
This work represents a contradiction in and of itself. As a trompe l’oeil we see a semi open curtain that instead of being hold by a tie, it’s oppressed by a real metallic lock. A gentle open door locked inside a tough steel door.
A shot down paper plane, burning as it falls to the ground. This is my subtle way to introduce a poetic factor to a delicate political reality, as the one that is lived in South Korea.
Tagger (Hong Kong)
In China the Dragon is a symbol of strength and power. This ferocious mythical animal, that can cause hurricanes and floods, becomes a domesticated pet sending out the universal love message.