Art Madrid'24 – Vacaciones en el mar (Holiday at the sea), new project of Ruben Martin de Lucas

 

 

 

Martin de Lucas is an engineer who was immersed in the world of art and between  paint brush and spray with his crew collective Boa Mistura has built himself a more than promising career.

 

 

 

Last year, we met (in the contemporary art fair Art Madrid'15) his series "Floating Village", a colorful portrait of the fragility and resilience through a journey made by the artist to Southeast Asia. Just months ago Ruben Martin Lucas finished his project "Stupid Borders", a reflection on the physical and psychological limits (social barriers, territorial, religious, ideological ...) we "build" and that determine our relationship with the environment. Now presents "Holiday at sea", a pictorial analysis on migration flows that are repeated every summer to coastal areas of Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruben photography urban exodus the cities suffer every year and the course of thousands individuals migrating for warmth, leisure and enjoyment as if they were a huge herd. A herd that is accounted and registered as is done with animals. Also registering their habitat, sun loungers, awnings ... and rituals, bathing, cane, it appears nap ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm interested in the phenomenon, demographic and sociological level, which arises as a result of the housing boom in the Mediterranean coast. It strikes me that a great mass population that lives all year in the city, move to spend your days relaxing and rest at another location also overcrowded. If one moves away and watches from a distance, the phenomenon is not unlike the migration of flamingos or sardines in which the individual seeks shelter group. With a kitsch touch. And I find fascinating this peculiar migration, both sociological or visually level, with a catalog of fun situations so amazing, "says the artist.

 

 

 

 

 

The photographic/pictorical series consists of 4 blocks: "Movements", "countings", "Masses" and "Situations" and the interest in studying the impact of man on the environment and the behavior of the individual himself turned into an indirect criticism of the reason for this phenomenon and its impact on the landscape and the generation of seasonal economies.

 

 

"Holiday at sea", from December 17 2015 to January 30, 2016 in BAT Alberto Cornejo Gallery.

“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.