San Bartolomé


Watercolor on 300g 100% cotton Hahnemühle paper
Unique work
35 x 25 cm

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The Armenian adventures of Saint Bartholomew ended badly; or not that bad depending on how you look at it, because being skinned with of King Astiages very hands earned him a place very close to The Lord.

That’s why I assigned the role of Saint Bartholomew to Leonard Cohen because he also used his skin to reach Heaven, for his persistence in getting The Grace being surrounded by beautiful women he fancied. He was endowed with a prophetic aura. Love brought him closer to some kind of mystery that transcended the material nature of touch. Fucking was his healing prayer and the women, the relief in his permanent Via Crucis to perfection. Would he ever lose that breath? To be disappointed and perceive the futility of that act and the horror of the void of repetition? I do not think so. When a person converts to Buddhism, it is natural to meditate and to be able to turn each breath into a mantra. At the end of his life, his tanned hide would be his offering to the Buddha, the substance of all his poetry.


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.