“Marica” is a painting that showcases my own insecurities and fears related to hypermasculine trends in the social and cultural context of Spain. In Spaniard slang, the insult “Marica” refers to a male individual that doesn’t behave according to the masculine standards and roles of the “Iberian Macho” ideal. Therefore, this work seeks to recreate an atmosphere of inner conflict and tension, showcasing how these patriarchal standards can negatively influence on my own behavior and identity.
On the other hand, “Marica” also explores the use of digital software aesthetics as a surface for painting and installation. In addition, the range of software commands and options are used as narrative resources, explaining my own emotions and behavior regarding to the current manhood ideals of Spanish society.
Sobre tu cabeza. 2018
“Sobre tu cabeza” explores how social and cultural standards of the contemporary Spanish society can influence on my own behavior and identity. Departing from a personal perspective, this work pretends to describe my relationship with Spain, exposing my insecurities and fears trough abstract forms and geometric shapes that emerge from the surface.
Broken sun. 2017
“Broken sun” is a painting that pretends to recreate different sensations departing from the emotional attachment of locations and elements that impress us. Thus, the apreciation process is represented as a confluence of forms, cuts and abstract figures that spontaneously emerge from the surface of the artworks, recreating an atmosphere filled of mysterious and instrospective meanings.
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Josep Santamaria (Palma, 1989) is an artist residing in Madrid who works in the disciplines of drawing, painting, installation and collage. He holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain), in addition to a MA in Drawing from the University of New South Wales Art & Design (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. Santamaria has presented solo exhibitions at CCA Andratx and TACA (Mallorca, Spain). He has also exhibited at various spaces and contexts between Spain and Australia. He is currently developing a new body of work at Espacio PROA (Madrid), being also part of the admin team.