San Mateo


Watercolor on 300g 100% cotton Hahnemühle paper
Unique work framed in natural pine wood
35 x 25 cm
40 x 30 cm framed

Only 1 left in stock


Galdós’s identification with Saint Matthew is somewhat arbitrary. I just wanted a pretext to put wings on Don Benito. Flying a few inches high above the ground like those Wim Wenders angels from Wings Of Desire that invisibly protect us from our afflictions. A paradoxical image if we consider that what gave Galdós his angelic quality was a deep humanity. Or maybe humanity isn’t the correct word. I don’t know. It occurs to me that this could be the reason he rejected Valle Inclán’s text to be included in the Spanish Theatre adaptation that Benito directed in 1912. It’s hard to be directly sympathetic to Valle. Before setting foot in Madrid, El Garbancero, as the vengeful Valle called him, had already created my imagination. I populated it with my own characters and episodes and now I coincidentally live happily on the same street that Maxi and Fortunata got together.


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.