"Slight Flow", Maillo
March 2nd - April 5th 2012
MAÍLLO. Slight Flow.
Maíllo is the perfect mixture between the shyness of the painter and the arrogance of the rapper, creating an explosive cocktail which entitles him as the new discovery within the Madrid scene. Maíllo’s painting is expressed in a flow full of vigor and clairvoyance which makes him a 26 year old artist who displays an overwhelming power of his pictorial arsenal in his first solo exhibition. Here, Maíllo’s personal traces, signatures, symbols and gestures are imposed on the surface and over a jumble of totemic magic, spray and altered states of consciousness.
For an artist who never begins a work on a blank canvas, Maíllo’s pictorial surface is a labor field, a wall on which he can paint graffiti by using fabrics, wood and papers for scraping, sanding, staining, dripping or spreading paint.
Maíllo’s works confirm his constant flow of ideas full of parallel lines of work, of the effervescence and the irrepressible of someone whose sickness is painting. This artist is a practitioner of a rigorous method which is founded on admiration towards great masters such as Velázquez or Goya and whose alter ego comes from the Paleolithic painters, Navajo-Indian painters, amateur painters and those committed to the profession, tradition and technique. From painters of psychiatric institutions, the ones from the concentration field and in short, anonymous and outsiders who conceive a radical, barbaric, atavistic and primal painting as the experience of One with All.
The title of the exhibition, Slight Flow, refers to a subtly and secretly flowing way that builds connections, networks and references. All of these, together, compose the authentic CULTURE. Maíllo shows more than a dozen of works and two installations where the powerful and personal universe of the artist is fertile and indomitable, imploding and assuming the risks of art as an allergic reaction, as something that is secreted, inevitable and free.
Maíllo’s painting is a corporal and committed exercise, a reflection on the marginal combined with Deleuze’s theoretical density, Jonathan Meese’s irreverence, Philip Guston’s irony and Zoran Mušič´s descent into hell. Maíllo has chosen a way of life, isolated in the outskirts, where the artist can only execute his finest instinct and achieve one of the most interesting and consistent emerging trajectories from the actual scene.
Maíllo (Madrid, 1985), Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, has studied with important artists such as Luis Gordillo, Fernando Mastretta and Alberto Datas. Maíllo was elected by Juan Ugalde to recently participate in the exhibition ¡A Vueltas con la Maldita Pintura! at the ICO Museum Collections in Madrid. Maíllo is also part of the platform and the archive of creators, Intransit.
International exhibitions: Colegio de España, in Paris and the Museum of Architecture and Design in Buenos Aires.
Collections: Colegio de España in Paris, Complutense University of Madrid, Contemporary Painting Collection of Honda, Dearte Foundation and ICO Foundation