28 March 2017, Pepino
I’m the greatest artist of our times but I don’t get the fame that I deserve. I hate the art world.
I’m the greatest artist of our times but I don’t get the fame that I deserve. However, the future art history will place me on the top.
I’m a mediocre artist and I have more fame than I deserve.
As artist I’m playing an important role in the society and the fight for justice and truth.
My art doesn’t make any difference.
Art is just my job to pay the mortgage but actually I’d like to do something else.
I’m artist because I can do nothing else.
I hate being artist. It’s too stressful for me.
I love being artist.
MY TOP 10 SHOWS
24 March 2017, Pepino
1# Closing Borders, Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, 2017
2# East West Banana Split (with Nisrine Boukhari), All Art Now, Damascus, 2012
3# White Trash Blues, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, 2017
4# Jani and Riiko's Free World (with Jani Leinonen), Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, 2009
5# Syria Study Center, Korjaamo Galleria, Helsinki, 2012
6# The ABC of Capitalism, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Bury, 2016
7# Operation Golden Monkey (with Judas Arrieta), Korjaamo Galleria, Helsinki, 2011
8# Consommateur, applaudis, le spectacle est partout, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin, 2008
9# No preguntes qué puede hacer el capitalismo por tí, sino qué puedes hacer tu por el capitalismo, Pristine Galerie, Monterrey, 2011
10# Riiko Sakkinen's Express Kebab Pizza (Featuring Inmaculada Díaz and Görsky Grytvic), Transit, Mechelen, 2003
MY MOST IMPORTANT EXCURSIONS
23 March 2017, Pepino
Leningrad 1986, Tallinn 1990, Barcelona 1994,
Carelia and St. Petersburg 1998
, Pepino 1998
, Berlin 2000,
Sarajevo and Tirana 2003,
New York 2004
, San Antonio and Austin 2004
, Hong Kong and Shenzhen 2006,
, Yeosu 2008
, Beijing 2009,
Damascus and Aleppo 2011
, Damascus 2012,
, Border Field Trip 1 & 2 2016.
13 March 2017, Pepino
My next museum solo show opens in November at Hyvinkää Art Museum in Finland. The scheduled time could't be more interesting: the show goes on during the 100th independence day of Finland in December and the presidential election in February. The title will be Presidettipeli, litreally Presidential Game, meaning intrigues and stratagems in order to ensure a favorable position in the election.
I'm going to paint portraits of the 12 presidents of the republic but couldn't find on internet official high resolution pictures of the leaders. This morning I e-mailed to the Office of the President of the Republic of Finland telling about my project. I received the photos immediately.
There are many things I don't like in Finland but I believe that this kind of lack of hierarchy is unique. I can't imagine similar service in Spain - and not only because it's a monarchy.
DIE ON YOUR WAY TO PARADISE
03 March 2017, Pepino
Art is about ideas and the ideas are most visible in a work of art when the technique and materials are humble. No gimmicks. This morning I did a masterpiece on hotel stationery.
Paradise is the term for a place of timeless harmony. The Abrahamic faiths associate paradise with the Garden of Eden, the perfect state of the world prior to the fall from grace and to be restored in the World to Come. In the Old Testament the paradise is located in the Third Heaven.
Theofilos Paradise Boutique Hotel is in Mytilene, Lesvos. Thousand of immigrants and refugees have died in the Mediterranean in the recent years on their way from Turkey to the European Union's Lesvos trying to reach an earthly paradise.
The font used is from the Diet Coke logo. The product is available even in the most remote places of the world and it symbolizes the unbearable lightness of Western being (the soda is sold in Europe as Coke Light).
BACK IN THE PINK STUDIO
01 March 2017, Pepino
I'm finally back home and studio - mentally - after too much traveling and the big shows I did this winter. In one hour I have a meeting with my carpenter to order wooden structures for new paintings. I decided to paint one more monochrome set, this time it will be pink. I'm listing now pink things:
Pink Panther, flamingos, Casa Rosada, desert pink, Barbie, homosexuality, Financial Times, Piglet, ham, shrimp, pink-collar, strawberry ice-cream. Pink Floyd, Pink Friday, cotton candy, Madonna of the Pinks, romance, mild socialism, Pink Revolution, Invisible Pink Unicorn, sakura blossom and so on.