The Venezuelan artist based in Miami Eduardo Sanabria, “Edo”, claims that “pop” art is not “just garish colors” with a set of works that question the “influencers”, reinterpret the Mona Lisa or propose another cover for “Sgt . Pepper ”, without losing the chromatic force.
The only black and white work in the exhibition “Edo Love Pop. Next Level”, literally “Edo loves pop. Next Level ”, which has just opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Doral (Miami-Dade), is an interpretation of Pablo Picasso’s“ Guernica ”.
Edo draws all his works in pencil, scans and colors them digitally
He did it in 2017 when the demonstrations against the Government of Nicolás Maduro were intensifying and were harshly repressed as is happening now in Colombia, says “Edo” in an interview while working on the assembly of his “first exhibition curated by a museum”, although already He has exhibited his works in various countries.
A Picasso turned into the street artist Bansky’s girl with flowers welcomes an exhibition in which “Edo” reveals the figures he admires, both in real life and those who live in comics, film or television.
Picasso, for example, is in the work that opens the exhibition, in the series of portraits of “influencers” from the past, to whom he has painted cell phones in hand, and on the cover of the famous Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ”(1967).
Edo points out one of the pieces titled “La Minina”, which is part of the exhibition in Miami
In their reinterpretation, the Liverpool quartet appears surrounded by “pop” characters – an abbreviation for popular, recalls “Edo” – who were either not born or were not known then as Messi, Steve Jobs, Amy Winehouse or Michael Jackson, in addition to classics like Mandela, Pelé and Abraham Lincoln.
The one who was for 15 years the cartoonist of the Capriles group newspapers in Venezuela, who left his country six years ago, jokes and says that when he wants to sell a copy of the limited edition of the work based on “Sgt. Pepper ”tells an American that if he gets all the characters that appear right, he will give it to him.
“They never guess,” he says, “Messi or Annie Leibovitz”, the famous photographer, whom he envies for having managed to bring together the best actors on the covers of Vanity Fair magazine.
In his imitation, “Edo” presents in a play his favorite “Villains” from Marlon Brando in the character of Vito Corleone in “Godfather” to Bryan Cranston, from the series “Breaking Bad”, including Anthony Hopkins , Hannibal Lecter from “The Silence of the Innocents” and Darth Vader, from “Star Wars.”
“Edo” gets excited when talking about Javier Bardem and Heath Ledger for their respective wicked performances in “No country for All Men” and “The Dark Knight.”
When asked why not do a work of “bad guys” in real life, he says that “no one would buy it” and recalls that when he began his transition from political humor to art, he considered putting politics aside and he has done so. fact, with few exceptions such as his version of Picasso’s “Guernica”, entitled “Venezuela, el horror y la esperanza”.
Along with the “villains” is exhibited a triptych made to order for the Venezuelan baseball player Francisco Cervelli and dedicated to his favorite actor, Robert de Niro, who appears characterized by his most famous characters such as “Taxi Driver” or “Good Fellas” .
“Edo”, who also dares to reinterpret Leonardo da Vinci’s “Gioconda” or “Mona Lisa” and make it look like other people like Andy Warhol, the “pop” artist par excellence, draws all his works in pencil, scans them and he colors them digitally and then prints them on cotton paper with a technique that leaves the colors “flat”, without texture.
The art of Edo, content plus explosion of colors
INFLUENCERS VS. INFLUYENTES
One of the most interesting series in the exhibition raises a questioning of the proliferation of “influencers” who don’t really have a “speech”, nothing important to say.
Edo does it by presenting true influencers, such as President Abraham Lincoln, the painter Frida Kalho, Marilyn Monroe or the street artist Basquiat, all of them with a cell phone in hand.
The expo questions the abundance of influencers who have nothing to say
The artist thinks that surely if they lived now they would have used social networks.
“A guy like Marthin Luther King today would have a YouTube channel, I’m sure,” says “Edo”, who believes that social networks are not bad, that everything depends on the use made of them.
With more than 300,000 followers on Instagram, “Edo” is one of the first Latin artists to enter the world of NFTs or non-expendable tokens with the auction of his first digital work, called “Selfish” and inspired by his painting “Villains ”.