24 December 2016, Pepino
I've been rather hardworking this year. I finished the paintings for my show at Galerie Forsblom including 100 blue and white monochromes. I did The ABC of Capitalism, a big show at Bury Art Museum and also smaller solo shows at Ti-la and the Swedish Nationalmuseum. However, the most exciting project has been Closing Borders, the show that opens in February at Serlachius Museums. The preparations took me to two field trips across countless exterior borders of the European Union.
This Christmas I'm not asking anything for myself, I have everything I need, but I ask you to provide the Syrian people with anything necessary to finish the war, neutralize the terrorists (both extremist and moderate) and make their country great again.
Un abrazo muy fuerte, Riiko
12 December 2016, Pepino
I spent November traveling around Europe but this month I stay at home trying to be a good father to my children: we play football, paddle and cards, I read them bedtime stories and drive them to their hobbies: music classes, dancing classes and horseback riding classes.
I facebooked a video of my son riding and an American friend commented that he's happy for my success and thinks I'm like Jeff Koons. I had never thought that my kids' hobby could be seen as a status symbol.
Mr Koons, a multimillionaire, represents art as a glamorous business. I admire him because he's everything what I hate. My own contradiction is that I also hate everything what I represent - I've become a stereotype of a white privileged middle-class man. I have a big house, a big mortgage, a home alarm system, a SUV, a remote controlled electric gate and a plastic Christmas tree. Pervertedly, I'm proud that I have achieved this standard of living by painting subversive pictures.