Salustiano, ‘I'll be there’, 2016, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
Salustiano, ‘I'll be there’, 2016, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
Salustiano, ‘I'll be there’, 2016, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
Salustiano, ‘I'll be there’, 2016, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery

The subject of Salustiano’s art is invariably the portrait. Portraying his subjects often with the emotion and expression of the glance that creates a connection with the viewer. Salustiano paints using a special pigment – up to sixty layers – from the Cochinilla or Cochineal beetle. This pigment was used by the native peoples of Central America and was brought to Europe by the Spaniards.
The intensity of a gaze, the sweetness of closed eyes or the warmth of lips places the beholder into an ambivalent relationship between proximity and distance, between attraction and barriers. These gazes invite to go beyond the mere representation and to leap towards the inner realm, but at the same time, their expressions never allow complete abandon, as it is slowed down by barely perceptible tension lines. The presence of dualities becomes more explicit at the visual level of the image representation and composition: a determined and sometimes severe look, contrasting with patronizing gestures or the delicacy of a pair of hands. The timelessness of positions reminding the viewer of classicism or Renaissance, is torn apart by unmistakably modern elements accompanying the portrayed figure, the solemn air of a pose is denied by the ephemeral or vulgar character of the depicted object, or a heightened masculinity is weakened by the coquetry of other elements included in the composition.

Signature: Yes

Image rights: Salustiano and Kostuik Gallery

2017
ART KARLSRUHE. Galería Víctor Lope. Karlsruhe, Germany
ART PALM SPRING. Kavachnina Contemporary. Palm Spring, USA
Scope Art Fair. Galería Víctor Lope. New York City, USA
SOLO SHOW. Galerie Brockstedt. Berlin, Germany
HIGHLIGHTS. INTERNATIONALE KUNSTMESSE. Galerie Brockstedt. Munich, Germany
CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL. Galeria Victor Lope. Istanbul, Turkey
Scope Art Fair. Galería Víctor Lope. Basel, Switzerland

2016
CONTEXT. Art Miami. Galería Lucía Mendoza. Miami, USA
Art Wynwood. Jöerg Heitsch Galerie. Miami, USA
PALM BEACH CONT. ART FAIR. Jöerg Heitsch Galerie. Palm Beach, USA
CONTEXT NEW YORK. Jörg Heitsch Galerie. New York City, USA
CONTEXT NEW YORK. Galería Lucía Mendoza. New York City, USA
Scope Art Fair. Jöerg Heitsch Galerie. Basel, Switzerland
Scope Art Fair. Galería Víctor Lope. Basel, Switzerland
SUMER. GROUP SHOW. Adrien / Kavachnina Contemporary. Paris, France
PENTECOSTÉS. Adrien / Kavachnina Contemporary. Paris, France
GALLERY WEEKEND BARCELONA, Galería Víctor Lope. Barcelona, Spain
CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL. Galeria Victor Lope. Istanbul, Turkey
ACCROCHAGE. Group Show. Galerie Brockstedt. Berlin, Germany
NEW MASTERS. Group-Show. Jörg Heitsch Galerie. Munich, Germany
HIGHLIGHTS. INTERNATIONALE KUNSTMESSE. Galerie Brockstedt. Munich, Germany
ART KARLSRUHE. Galería Víctor Lope. Karlsruhe, Germany
ART KARLSRUHE. Artherb Galerie. Karlsruhe, Germany
NACHT DER GALERIEN. LÍNEAS SUAVES. Artherb Galerie. Wetzlar, Germany
2015

Spanish, b. 1965, resides in Sevilla, Spain

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