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About José María Cano
A former singer, José Maria Cano began making art in the wake of his marital separation, using letters from his wife’s divorce lawyer as subjects in his earliest works. Eventually sourcing images from financial newspapers, receipts, and comic books, Cano transposes and enlarges words and faces in encaustic. Best known for his “The Wall Street 100” series of life-size portraits reproducing newspaper stipple drawings, Cano makes art that addresses the human drive and desire to control one’s own destiny. In “The Wall Street 100,” Cano considers his subjects solely from an economic point of view, positioning men like Bernie Madoff, Bill Gates, Roman Abramovich, Rupert Murdoch, and Silvio Berlusconi as prophets. In Cano’s work, the sketched portraits function as immortalizers, rather than identifiers, underscoring similarities between figures by placing them together in a thematically motivated group.
Spanish, b. 1959, Madrid, Spain