byRubén Sánchez


“Since I was young I have been interested in weird still life paintings. I always liked to imagine the story behind those compositions. Apart from being studies of light and color still lifes can be very interesting, like those that particularly caught my attention and are very present in my recent work: Vanitas, a genre mainly developed in the Baroque that mostly highlight the transience of life, the firmness of death and how we deal with what’s in between.

The visual tension of these compositions intrigued me: the skulls, the jewels, the rotten fruits, the lobsters hanging, the fragile balance of the candles and hourglasses reminding us our limited time in life…

I like the challenge and contrast of turning the hidden symbology of these dark elements into a colourful modern composition while keeping that visual tension somehow. It’s attractive the idea of ​​extrapolating this concept to our days, but from a positive perspective in order to act or think in conscience: being aware of our limited time in life, the ephemerality and banality of material pleasures, the vanity that surrounds our society.”

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Rubén Sánchez

Ruben Sanchez better known as Zoonchez was born and raised in Madrid (1979), adopted by Barcelona and Dubai in the past years and currently living in Badalona, Spain.Self-taught artist coming from the 90’s subcultures of graffiti and skateboarding.Graphic design and illustration will later create a background that can be found in his works today: a strong graphic style that resonates through all of his projects.Canvases, murals, ceramics, large public sculptures, or even underwater installations. His works are limitless in possibilities and locations and they can be found all around the globe as a part of art festivals, commissions, humanitarian projects or international exhibitions but mostly as any kind of ‘uncommissioned’ works.More info about artist