Art Madrid'24 – Artemius


Alemania, 1999

In the search for the truth, I let the energy flow through me. At that moment some images come to my mind: the figures of two gladiatorial women fighting had appeared. Once finished, the artwork became a search for myself: women started fighting for equal rights in the 1st century before Christ, I mean, literally.

This is how the artist describes his process of inspiration for creating one of his series. Juvenal describes women of elevated status who appear in the plays as "rich women who have lost all sense of the dignity and responsibilities of their sex." The idea was held that their self-indulgence was a disgrace to themselves, their gender, and the social order of Rome; they or their patrons undermined the traditional virtues and values of Rome. Artists call it a call it revolution. The only commentary Artemius could find on the gladiator in art was that, in Renaissance art among the paintings commissioned in Italy by King Philip IV of Spain for his Buen Retiro Palace in Madrid, there was a series on Roman circuses that included a duel between two gladiators.

The artist inspires by his perception of the world. The fact of admiring his beauty makes him feel immortal. Artemius compares his art to a ZIP or RAR file. In this archive everything he sees, feels, does, knows or achieves is stored. Under the term ZIP file he refers to exploring the world and his own life experience, which have been carefully saved for future works of art. Therefore every artwork of Artemius is an image of the actual knowledge he had had. Art for Artemius is a non-discretionary fiction that consists of becoming more and more sophisticated and complicated. When the artist was 22, he was studying chemical technology and environmental engineering, working in the laboratory and doing scientific research in organic chemistry. The trip to China turned his life upside down: he realized that he should become an artist and started painting. "A month in Beijing upgraded me with a spectrum of new emotions and thoughts. The magnificent feeling as if I saw and lived my future was not leaving me," Artemius recalls. The artist believes that his art is opening the doors to an era of a new realism indeed. He is close to Luke Turner's "metamodernist manifesto," as he finds the impact of people "waking up" to everyone very important. With eyes wide open, Artemius feels responsible to other people to show them who they really are, to help them find themselves, and to turn their lives into the arts or science, which is equally challenging for the artist. As well as the only valuable and essential subjects of the present and the future (on Mars for example).