Artist: Ricardo Moraga
Title: «Poseidon 024»
Media: oil on canvas
Edition: unique piece
Size: 130 x 195 cm
This work belongs to the Poseidon series that Moraga develops from 2019 on. It is the result of the admiration that the artist feels 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 the 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, garlic, nuts- and inert objects such as sheets, pillows, brushes and tubes of oil paint as decorative icons.
On the other hand, we also 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 Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, submerged and surrounded by fish. On the trident that he holds, we can see slight rusty areas.