Guim Tio Zarraluki
This exhibition of Guim Tio Zarraluki's jarring and thought-provoking artwork displays what can only be described as a dysfunctional marriage between beauty and horror. The aim? To spark discussions about society's biggest taboos and some of humankind's more sinister traits.
With humour and heavy irony consistent throughout his work, Zarraluki's 'Beauty & Beast' show challenges society's perception of beauty and dissects preconceived notions of perfection. Taking up where the likes of Basquiat and Schiele left off, Zarraluki takes a no-holds-barred approach to his assault on societal norms, particularly those imposed by fashion magazines, and how the world has become driven by image.
He dives into the world of retouching and cosmetic surgery to present a truly uncomfortable portrayal of his characters, pushing boundaries and taking these themes to their limits. His ability to open dialogue and provoke strong reaction, whether positive or not, explains his success on both national and international levels. Zarraluki's work has been exhibited in galleries such as Sala Parés and Artevistas, venues in Strasburg, California and Vancouver, and now the Miscelanea gallery in Barcelona. 'Beauty & Beast' is exhibited for five weeks of provocative, bordering-on-the-sinister, dismantling of the rules of beauty.