“The King is dead” by Ruben -100×100 cm – Mixed media on canvas -960 € – Ref # 3270
Ruben is inhabitant of Martinique.
His history is made of personal and collective pains.His work is an exploration of stories of his people. Observing humanity, the evolution: Who are we?His painting is turned towards the world and everyone.The pictorial writing is a symbolic writing, memories of slavery. Counting, measuring the bodies.Adding material on it is like an obsession. He refuses the smooth and for Ruben, the excess of material is a force of life.
He likes abyss walls or worn colonial houses corroded by salt and the wind. It is a scar of the time, an indelible trace like a imprint on the skin, like in the past were his people were marked with hot iron.It is necessary to spit, shout and exorcize, just question of balance.
Head high, he wants to be proud, upright, worthy, high and beautiful.