San Sebastián de los monos (print)


Digital giclee print on Somerset Velvet Enhanced paper 255 g
Edition of 20 numbered and signed by the artist
57 x 30 cm

Only 1 left in stock


Saint Sebastian is the Apollo of the Counter-Reformation, the ideal of masculine beauty at a time when mythological motifs were not so well regarded. The Gay Icon was later called, in a time like the present so inclined to reductionism.

Saint Sebastian became an object of desire in the part of Florence where half the men had been accused of practicing sodomy by a specially created institution called Ufficiali di Notte. In this landscape between the frivolous and the sacrificial, the monkeys celebrate that sodomy no longer carries a sentence of castration or death. The punishment became a simple fine so let’s play!


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.