Concept about his works

Dani with his works

Spanish painter, he now lives and works in Taipei.

He is interested in contradictions, especially those who never stop to amaze him : the inherent contradiction of the human nature, capable of the worst atrocities and the most sublime creations.

In his recent works, he continues his exploration to the uncanny in daily life. He tries to reveal the existence of the hidden reality where it merges with the sacred and the banality, the gods and the human beings. His works reminds us that there are always beauty and grotesque, pain and pleasure while reaching the transcendence.

結束巴塞隆那大學及巴黎高等美術學院的學業之後,Daniel Arroyo決定來台灣定居。從他的作品中,可以觀察到歐洲傳統畫派對他的影響,同時也能看見他對於亞洲文化及圖像符號的高度興趣。

透過這些看起來特異、超乎常理的圖像,他試圖刺激觀眾的感官,觀賞同時感受到一種魔力但又伴隨著排斥感,且喪失了其自身對於軀體的認同感;這些都是詮釋他的作品的重要元素。

所有的圖像都來自於日常生活中最一般平凡的景象,這樣的結果全是數位影像合成後,再轉化於油畫畫布上創作。他對於反差、矛盾特別感興趣,尤其是讓他驚喜不斷,這種源自人性最險惡的粗暴,同時又呈現出令人稱奇的創作。

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Interview

Photo by C. Phiv


-The movement of attraction and repulsion, of fascination and disgust, is the key to interpret my work. I search always something to do with this movement. The things around us can be beautiful at first glance, then you perceive a horrible and latent violence which is ready to be unveiled at any time.

-This is not a simple observation of the pathology, but the suggestions of new possibilities which are organics and liberated from the tyranny of body’s limits. I want to introduce a moral dilemma which obliges us to go to in a uncertain territory between the absolute horror (such as loss of it’s own identity) and the fascination born from the sublime contemplation out of taboos.

-Organic Recycling. My paintings contains inside like monstrous newborns, the remains of dead bodies or parts of works by other artists, in hysteria procreative way.

-Conflict between the ideality and the reality.I want to arouse the amazement from the viewer, and make them doubt of what they see and make it impossible to define. The allusions and the ways I use the symbols in my paintings are all a violent intrusion. They are at the same level of body metamorphosis, and almost more terrible according to its cultural and symbolic consequences.

-I am interested in contradictions, especially those who never stop to amaze me: the inherent contradiction of the human nature, capable of the worst atrocities and the most sublime creations.

-I immerse myself with pleasure into an utopia to create images who have the greatest plastic autonomy and, at the same time, they have allusions and appropriations from the origin of the creation.

-Art is not for me a mirror of the social existence, but a language used to create a new reality or an artificial form.

Daniel Arroyo