Portraying love and faith are of utmost importance to Javier Ruiz. After hearing about a rather incredible artist from Gabriel (the curator) for months, I was finally able to catch sight of Javier with a full-fledged solo show. And let me tell you, the anticipation was undoubtedly worth it. The exhibition featured paintings and works on paper, which were all centred around a bigger picture: Aerial view of the human freedom (or in Spanish: Vista aera de la libertad humana).
The people portrayed have been secluded from society, searching for something external. Through his paintings, the La Carolina-born wanted to examine human behaviour if we weren’t bound by all the rules and regulations. That state is our default mode, as said by Javier. Interestingly enough, all the scenery’s of the works can be found in the second picture if you zoom in. Taking snaps of the gigantic mountain, each time, different settings or different objects are depicted. One of the highlights of the exhibition for me has to be the extensive mood board which showcased the process for the works.
Through his fast but benign strokes, Javier plays with light to create the illusion of his protagonists leaving the Andalusian landscape: A surrounding which is more than familiar to the Spain-based artist. The paintings are established through collages, which is why the internet is a great inspiration to him. Browsing and collecting photos from the web and social media, the artist comes up with the muses, settings, and objects for his compositions.
Wanting to see more of the greatness of Javier, the desire was filled by the comment that the artist will be exhibiting in his home country: Ibiza to be exactly. Ibiza? Yes, from 13-17 July the art world will settle down on the island in the Mediterranean Sea for the Contemporary Art Now, curated by Saša Bogojev.
Have you considered writing/publishing about artists and shows professionally..? You seriously should! What you are posting in here could very well be published in art publications and magazines - you could very well become a professional art critic. Honestly seriously blown away by your posts.. (Please don't stop posting them in here as well - but seriously consider sending in your posts to Juxtapoz or similar) 😂 🤩 🙏
4 months ago·
Thank you so much for the compliment Marc! That means a lot to me. I never seriously considered it but maybe I should shoot my shot. I will definitely keep posting here for now! Thanks again for the support! ❤️
4 months ago·