Simón Vázquez biography

Simón Vázquez (Barcelona, 1979) began in the animation area, but sooner he leaned to plastic Arts which he studied in “La Llotja” in Barcelona. After he devoted time to illustration he led to the painting and sculpture, work that it has been exhibited for years in Spanish and foreign galleries.

Viscous bodies made by blandiblub, overflow in voluptuous Fellinian, or with boneless appearance limbs. These are the grotesque beings painted by Simon Vazquez, monstrosities that show political lies, carnal lust, greed media.
Funny signs to the latest Hollywood success and allusion to the multiple scandals reveal by the news intertwined with lysergic mood in his visual gags. In his esthetic, it is mixed the poster art, the most visceral comic fonts that display witticism and other puns, threatening shadows imported by gothic novels and expressionism cinema.

In his eclectic routine and without concession to “good taste” resonates the transgressive spirit of underground comics of the sixties. He quotes Robert Crumb as one of his referents, whom the artist places him at the same radius than Manolo Valdés and Alberto Giacometti. The irony of the first and the second existential angst are exacerbated respectively in the grotesque vaudeville scenes of our artist and in his expressionist bronze heads, which wizened aspect seem to be caricatures of funeral portraits.

Biografía de Simón Vázquez

Cuerpos viscosos de blandiblub desbordándose en voluptosidades fellinianas, o con miembros de apariencia deshuesada. Así son los seres esperpénticos pintados por Simón Vázquez, engendros que escenifican patrañas políticas, avidez carnal, codicia mediática.

Guiños a los éxitos recientes de Hollywood y alusiones a los múltiples escándalos divulgados por los noticiarios se imbrican con humor lisérgico en sus gags visuales. Se mezclan en su estética el cartelismo, el cómic más visceral, tipografías que despliegan calambures y otros juegos de palabras, sombras amenazadoras importadas de la novela gótica y del cine expresionista.

En su quehacer ecléctico y sin concesiones al “buen gusto” resuena el espíritu transgresor del cómic underground de los años sesenta. Él mismo cita a Robert Crumb como uno de sus referentes, a quien coloca en el mismo radio de influencias que a Manolo Valdés y Alberto Giacometti. La ironía del primero y la angustia existencial del segundo se exacerban respectivamente en las escenas de grotesco vodevil de nuestro artista y en sus cabezas expresionistas en bronce, por cuyo aspecto apergaminado parecen caricaturas de retratos funerarios.

Anna Adell

EXHIBITIONS

2013 MarbArt 2011. Oil Paintings. 14-18 August. Marbella.
2013 Galería ARAGÓN 232. collective, oil paintings. 11-21 June, Barcelona
2013 Artbosphorus Modern Art Fair. Oil paintings. April. Istanbul
2013 Affordable Art Fair Milan, oil paintings. March. Milan
2012 Galería Ayc, La Margarita. collective, oil paintings. December, Barcelona
2012 Galería ARAGÓN 232 (collective, oil paintings, sculptures) 13 – 19 september, Barcelona
2012 Galería Javier Román. oil paintings, sculptures. 15 June – 31 July. Málaga.
2012 Salón Art Shopping, Carrousel du Louvre 9-10 June, Paris, France
2012 WILLY BENDER event, life wall painting Heidelberg, Germany. May’12
2012 Art Shanghai May 2012
2012 KYOTO MUNICIPAL MUSEUM OF ART Abril 2012
2012 HIROSHIMA PREFECTURAL ART MUSEUM April 2012
2012 THE NATIONAL ART CENTER TOKYO 22 – 26 March. Tokio.
2011 Art Nou Mil Lenni (collective). Oil Paintings. November. Barcelona
2011 MarbArt 2011. Oil Paintings. 14-18 September. Marbella.
2011 PROPONENDO 2011. Oil Paintings. 19-22 August. Forte Dei Marmi (Italy).
2011 Collective. Oil Paintings. Galería Javier Román. February-March.
2011 Art-Insbruck 2011. Oil Paintings. 3 to 6 February. Insbruck.
2010 Marrong Epoch. Oil Paintings. Galería Gracia Arts Project. Barcelona.
2009 Simón Vázquez Illustrations. Galería Gogoko. Barcelona.
2008 Simón Vázquez Illustrations. Galería El Local. Barcelona.
2008 Simón Vázquez Illustrations. Bar Copa Café. Barcelona.