As a patron of the fine arts, I firmly believe in evidence-based and rational altruism. A sobering conversation with an artist on an evening in Spain opened my eyes to the grim reality of the art world: in a consumerist society where mediocrity is the norm, highly talented artists often struggle to reach their potential.
Marco Grassi confronts the imbalance between nature and humanity in his latest work. This poignant masterpiece envisions a world where synthetic splendor replaces nature’s grace, tangling humanity within its grip. Amidst this artificial realm, a young woman kneels – a symbol of Earth’s suffering. Her porcelain pallor mirrors nature’s fading hues, reminiscent of bleached coral, a consequence of rising ocean temperatures. “Breathe” is a delicate yet powerful portrayal of our planet’s decline, depicted with Marco Grassi’s trademark precision.
“One Side Wing” by Nobuyuki Shimamura is an impressive painting that depicts the uncertainty of life and the vulnerability of our existence. The image of a single wing symbolizes the imperfection and uncertainty of our lives, but the presence of a feather near the model symbolizes hope and the ability to survive in uncertain times. The skulls in the background remind us of the value of life and the need to maintain hope, even in the most hardship-filled circumstances. Shimamura creates an emotionally and visually striking work that invites us to consider our own experiences and uncertainties.
Oil on canvas, 182 x 227 cm, 2020
This diptych explores fear, ephemerality, balance, and profound beauty. The paintings, meant to be viewed in tandem, offer diverse perspectives. One captures fleeting moments through an aerial acrobat frozen in time, while another delves into equilibrium through intricate tension. Sergio uses rats to evoke fear and disgust, challenging emotions. Amid beauty and elegance, he questions perceptions, urging acceptance of contrasts. In Sergio’s words, “Profound beauty thrives in contrast with ugliness, unveiling our truth.”
Trained by Jacob Collins, Arantzazu Martinez embodies classical artistry, evident in each creation, including “Back into the Unlimited.” Her technical prowess, balanced compositions, and luminous treatment of light evoke the 19th-century Romantic era. Martinez’s work captures conscious moments, transcending reality to ignite imagination and emotions. “Back into the Unlimited” offers a gateway to a world of hope, love, and magic, unraveling profound connections and desires.
“Absolute Trust,” a masterpiece by Arantzazu Martinez under Jacob Collins’ tutelage, showcases her classical art prowess. The regal figure seated on the ‘Lion King Chair’ exudes power, while surrounding symbols evoke rebirth and transcendence. Her serene confidence, guarded by vigilant birds, contrasts with a subdued gargoyle, symbolizing triumph over fear. A tableau of purity and wisdom unfolds with doves, an owl, and balanced hues, narrating transformation. This monumental masterpiece brings enduring beauty, a tribute to human spirit’s resilience.