THE PATH OF DREAMS
Author Luis Royo
48.0 x 67.0 cm / 18.90 x 26.38 inch
Watercolor, acrylic with airbrush and oil on paper.
Painted surface 33 x 52 cm (12.99 x 20.47 in ) in a format of 48 x 67 cm (18.9 x 26.38 in)
Year of realization 1994
Signed on the bottom right of the piece.
Illustration published in Penthouse magazine (USA) special report that I dedicate to Luis Royo in the December 1995 issue. Also published on the inside of the author's book Secrets, page 19. Edited in several languages and distributed internationally.
Luis Royo has made the myth of “beauty and the beast” his principal theme, effortlessly moving from horror to the lyrical. Whatever the theme, his characters waltz effortlessly between epic and erotic. The subject´s flesh is overlaid with a defiant and threatening tone, marking them more exciting. As Royo knows all too well, when the dark ghost of death looms over the hero, the suggestion of sex becomes more intense.
When studying his characters, one notices that he places the subject on the border of tragedy, where they can shine more brilliantly. Their frozen position anticipates a destiny as attractive as it is cruel. Clutching their weapon, they await the next attack. Their intensity and the tautness of their muscles make them even more beautiful and dramatic. In the blink of an eye they can disappear, having been devoured by the danger that encircles them. But the immediate future doesn´t interest Royo. He portrays that penultimate moment, when the inner soul of the hero is revealed.
– Antonio Altarriba (Screenwriter and image theorist)
"In Avalon, the inner realm of the thick boughs and shady forests. In the fairyland that absorbs the vitality of the Sun to spread it among nature. Lolita, with her strenght defying the laws of gravity. La Bella, which changes the white rose for a sword to tame the beast."