*Ronald McDonald, 2019
COMUNICADO CAMBIO DE GALERÍA
“Meditando sobre mi carrera artística y en como acercar mis obras a un mayor público en diferentes escenarios globales, tendiendo en cuenta los sucesos de los últimos años, decidí que un cambio en el entorno en el que se exhibe y comercializa mi trabajo seria muy positivo. Por esta razón les comparto que he decidido dar por terminado el acuerdo de representación de mi obra con LA Galería de Bogotá.
Celebro el inicio de esta nueva etapa de mi carrera y la representación comercial de mi obra en Galería Casa Cuadrada (Bogotá – Miami – Zurich).”
Maquiamelo has made variants of his small, but suggestive installation. In one of them, the head of Scrooge McDuck floats in a safe full of chocolates with the appearance of gold coins. The public is authorized to take them and eat them, an idea he took from Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) (1991) by Cuban Félix Gonzáles Torres. In Maquiamelo´s work, however, subtracting ¨coins is equivalent to reducing the exaggerated and foolish accumulation of Scrooge McDuck, the figure that embodies gluttonous and savage capitalism. The sculptor recontextualizes symbols and highlights economic realities. Humor plays in his favor and presents, with an air of farce, something that from another perspective would be a tragedy.
Historian and Art Critic - AICA - Colombia
Maquiamelo constantly abandons the comfort zone, maintains his critical conviction against contemporary deities, is able to show the dark side of politicians, movie stars, artists or world leaders. In his reduced heads the grandiloquent image is also reduced, defects are focused, weaknesses are highlighted.
MAC Museum of Contemporary Art of Bogotá
Artworks with a high symbolic value, which are related to the painting of Vanitas of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, since they allude clearly to vanity, to the emptiness and insignificance of beauty, to wealth or power before the certainty of death.
Maquiamelo's sculptures break the framework of tradition, being forceful and critical about a society that is definitely governed by material statutes.
Juan David Quintero
From beauties to presidents, and creating reality in fiction, Maquiamelo's work revives the figurative through sculpture, wreaking havoc on social networks, while critics acclaim its daring and diverse series.
Art Critic - AICA - Chile