Best Living Artists
I’m always on the lookout for contemporary visual artists that deeply inspire me on some level and although I see excellent artists daily on forums and art sites I frequent, so far only 3 qualify for the title.
First and foremost it has to be Javier Marín, a Mexican sculptor, whom I can compare without hesitation to some of the best sculptors ever, the likes of Michelangelo and Rodin. If it sounds like a bold statement, go and see his website and decide for yourself. It’s not the most user-friendly site, but take your time to check out all the links.
Marín’s body of work consists almost exclusively of nudes of both sexes. Interestingly he’s not interested in the nude in the classical sense. They have nothing to do with eroticism or beauty. He dissects the body and builds it up again, leaving all the marks and scratches of the fusing process, even exagerrating them. And this is where his art parts with classical sculpture and gives it a contemporary feel. Through his nudes he’s exploring the human experience with all its struggles, throwing away the idealism and perfectionism of the classics. There’s a contradiction here: he’s achieving this through sculptures that seem idealized and timeless…He works in bronze, clay and resin and uses coloured slip on some of them, a very interesting contemporary twist again.
Here is a quote from the artist himself: “I see the glorious human being in my figures, full of medals and trophies, full of experience. They are beings loaded with achievements and accomplished goals.”
And another one from a critic, “Time in Marín’s work has not stopped with Michelangelo or Rodin, as some have observed, others have desired, and even others have hoped. Instead, it courses through the neoclassical appearance of its erotic and seductive conceptualization, questioning it in its tragic present.” Antonio Zaya
Here is his website. Enjoy!: http://javiermarin.com.mx/