Art Madrid'24 – Santiago Ydáñez and the heartbreaking beauty

 

 

El Jardín de las Delicias, 2017 (Al fondo)

 

 

Santiago Ydáñez studied Fine Art in Granada and for the last 14 years he has divided his time between Jaén and Berlin. He was born in 1969, in the town of Puente de Génave, Jaén. He was influenced by the contact with earth and the countryside, animals and hunting. These features will create his symbolic world: erothic or forbiden sensuality, huge and strident portraits, “dismemberments” as a type of vanitas, defiant animals close-ups, art history reinterpretation, etc. The axial line of his work rests on the basic, primitive feelings shared by both humans and animals.

 

 

Sin título 2014

 

 

The artist uses photography as source material. Taking it as an starting point, he firstly makes a quick charcoal sketch and then picks up his brushes. He paints swiftly and impulsively, applying energetic, grey and black strokes in a rapid brushwork. These pieces cause different emotions in viewers: pain, pleasure, ecstasy and nostalgia. The artist use different support surfaces: canvases, books or objects he picks up at markets.

 

 

Versión de la obra ¡…Y tenía corazón! / Anatomía del corazón de de Enrique Simonet

 

 

The exhibition features selected paintings from the last decade of his career. Among them, `El Jardín de las Delicias (2017)´, an enormous 315 x 1000 cm canvas, shows the face of a blonde girl whose melancholy gaze speaks of absence, versus the tranquil beauty of a lost paradise. It is a criticism of cultural and ethical decadence that brought Germany to Nazism.
His exploration of the philosophical links between original and copy can be seen in a version painted specifically for CAC Málaga of Enrique Simonet's work ¡… Y tenía corazón! / Anatomía del corazón (1890), now exhibited in the Museo de Málaga, that renders a doctor making an autopsy to a prostitute. Apart from these pieces, we can also find objects such as cutlery boxes, frames, a mirror and jewellery cases, on which he paints or draws the same motifs and characters that appear in his paintings.

 

 

Objeto intervenido

 

 

Ydáñez’s artwork can be admired until the 24th of September in Contemporary Art Centre Málaga, where can be also visited the permanent collection, several summer workshops or Danielle Van Zadelhoff exhibition, dutch photographer.

 

“I paint in a completely free way, I don't have a plan, it's chaotic, but everything has a reason. I don't prepare anything before I start painting, what I paint is what I feel or try to communicate at that moment, so it changes a lot (from one work to another)”.

Chão limpo e o resto. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Cultura Inquieta once again joins the experience of discovering and celebrating creative talent within the broad spectrum of artistic expressions present at Art Madrid'24. As a supporter of culture and contemporary art, its commitment to promoting and supporting emerging artists is reflected in a special initiative in this edition: highlighting and supporting the work of the REVELATION ARTIST of the 19th edition.

Só durmo na minha almofada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In this context, Ana Malta emerges into the contemporary art scene with a fresh voice and her own visual aesthetic. Born in Lisbon in 1996, Malta is a talented visual artist and freelance designer who has captivated the public with her distinctive approach and bold exploration of the beauty of everyday spaces through her investigations of color.

Her studies in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, as well as her Master's Degree in Creative Industries Management at the Catholic University of Portugal in Porto, have provided a solid foundation for her artistic practice. Currently, she also collaborates in the Communication and Production Office of Carpintarias de São Lázaro - Centro Cultural e Galeria Belo-Galsterer, showing her commitment to the cultural fabric of her community. She is also part of the artistic collective VÊS.TRÊS.

Ana Malta has been recognized in several platforms and media, including the 14th Edition of QUADRANTE, Melancia Mag and the SCROLL program of the RTP2 channel. Her participation in the book (AS)ARTISTAS - Ensaio Gráfico sobre Histórias e Práticas Artísticas no Feminino and in the April 21st Edition of Nova Awareness Club underlines her impact and relevance in the contemporary art scene.

Só um é que ganha. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Ana Malta's work is characterized by her exploration of color, patterns, composition, and texture. These elements are not only vehicles of her plastic and visual expression, but also embody an intimate dialogue between aesthetic restlessness and the transformation of error into opportunity.

It is exciting to see Ana Malta make her debut at Art Madrid'24, represented by Galeria São Mamede (STAND B3). Her presence promises to further enrich the artistic experience of the event, inviting the public to approach the visually captivating and conceptually stimulating universe that the artist creates to narrate the chaos she rearranges in shapes and colors.

Não fico pendurada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In a world in constant movement, Ana Malta reminds us of the importance of experimentation and continuous exploration in the search for authentic and sincere artistic expression.

Her work has been REVEALED to us in the 19th edition of ART MADRID, thanks to the precise point of view of CULTURA INQUIETA as a testimony of the transforming power of art. In her hands, the entropy of forms brings us the possible memory of an endless summer; the luminosity of the sun becomes the caress of everyday life; we may even be surprised by the formula of happiness turned into a companion animal.

Ana Malta's pieces combines the restlessness of a space that appears to be in a state of chaos with the delicate synesthesia of vibrating at the velocity of light, nuances, lines and colors in her paintings.