Santiago El Mayor


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

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Gainsbourg would likely have preferred to be portrayed as Judas Iscariot or Jesus Christ. His French chauvinism would have matched him to either role.

Although he could sometimes be clumsy, his motive was always pleasure. Because what is Épater le bourgeois more than the primordial game of the child that destabilizes the reticles of our medulla oblongata and plunges us into the vertigo of disgust when he plays with shit, eats mucus or literally pissing himself to feel the pleasure of urine warming his little leg? He was capable of anything. Being a player, he combines fun and gambling. Although going back to the first premise, had Serge known he might personify the Patron Saint of Spain, he would have used the contempt that many Spaniards have towards the French. He would also have relished this role.


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.