Artist: Ricardo Moraga
Title: «Poseidon 010»
Media: oil on canvas
Edition: unique piece
Size: 195 x 130 cm
This work is the result of the artist’s admiration for the works of the great sculptors of classical Greece such as Phidias, Lysippus, Praxiteles or Myron, to name a few. As an example, Ricardo Moraga has dedicated works to the Venus de Milo or the Victory of Samothrace.
Moraga often uses classical themes in his works, but he mixes them with his particular iconography. Among his most used icons, we find marine animals such as crabs, shells, fish or coral; but he also reproduces fruits of the earth -such as apples, garlics, nuts- and inert objects such as sheets, pillows, brushes and tubes of oil paint as decorative icons.
On the other hand, we also usually find rusty parts in his works as a reflection of the passage of time. This rust is a constant in his works.
In this work, we can see a close-up of the face of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, with crabs climbing his chest. We can also see just below the character’s beard, the trace of the passage of time in the form of drops of dirt that remind the rust that the artist usually resorts to.