Love Will Tear Us Apart


Watercolor on 300g 100% cotton Hahnemühle paper
Unique piece
50 x 35 cm

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There are many portrayals of Christ here, this one has a sacred heart. It depicts a suffering Ian Curtis with wounds on his hands and other injuries emerging from the darkness. My recurring plant ornaments here are cold and hurtful sharp objects.

I am in awe of Joy Division’s music having bought Closer at age 17. Casually attracted by the cover without knowing anything about what the content of that pirate tape was. Bought at a market in Soria, that first listen blew me away.

I clearly remember that hypnotic drumming on “Atrocity Exhibition”as if it were yesterday but my actual Epiphany happened during “Twenty Four Hours”. I think it was the closest thing to being totally overwhelmed by a piece of music that I have ever experienced. Ian Curtis was already dead by this time but I had to learn more. Access to such information was difficult then, even more so for a penniless kid from the provinces. The legend of him has grown exponentially beyond cult status ever since and it continues. All hail Ian Curtis!


ROBERTO MAJÁN (Soria, España, 1967)

Roberto Maján is a self-taught artist. He moved to Madrid when he was eighteen and soon began working as an illustrator for various specialised periodicals and publishers, including ExpansiónActualidad EconómicaVogueEl SolEl PaísHealth and Beauty, Anaya, Santillana and Edelvives.

In 2006 he founded Artichoque, a publishing house that released several books illustrated by his own pen, such as Kamasutra (Daniel Gil Editorial Design Award finalist in 2006) and Petronia y la reina bigotuda (shortlisted for the 2007 Visual Prize for Best Children’s Book). That year he received the Fundación Progreso y Cultura Prize for his illustrated book El Diablo y yo, which also won an honourable mention at the Lazarillo Awards.

In his personal artistic production, he parades his consummate skill with brushes and watercolours, depicting mostly human figures with a subtle and adept use of colour and creating textures and glazes to produce an oeuvre of stunning beauty and delicacy. His favourite themes expose and explore human passions, particularly love, sex and food.