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Romulo Royo


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Author Romulo Royo

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171 x 141 x 7  cm
67.32 x 55.51 x 2.76''  inch


Mix technique, digital mix and manually painted with oil on translucent paper with a frame.

In a format of 153 x 120 cm. ( 60.23 x 47.24 in. )

Format with frame 171 x 141 x 6 cm. ( 67.32 x 55.51 x 2.36 in. )

Year of realization 2006.

Signed on the bottom right of the piece.

Published on the inside of the author's book Videncia, velamiento, ceguera, page 32.

This is one of only two existing self-portraits of the artist, and it forms part of the "Siameses" collection. This series was painted between 2006 and 2008. That consists of paintings, sculptures, installations and technological means. Those can be seen in places like the Metelkova Museum, Can Framis Museum, Fran Daurel Foundation, Maeztu Museum Estella, The 4th Biennial of Contemporary Art of Moscow, National Metelkova Museum of Slovenia, Art Forum Berlin, FIAC, Los Angeles Art Show, Art Miami, the X Biennial Martínez Guerricabeitia Foundation at the Museum of the City of Valencia, title "Contra Natura".

Curated by Vicent Sanz i Persiva ) selection committee : Gloria Bosch, Maria de Corral , Jose Miguel Cortes, Rafael Doctor, Fernando Francés , Galeria Magda Bellotti , Galeria Moises Perez de Albeniz, Rosa Santos Gallery, Senda Gallery, T20 Gallery. Biennial in Foundation Guerricabeitia Martinez. City Museum , Valencia, Spain.

Very few collections like these we can prepare during the year. Doing it has been an arduous job and a luxury. DARK ROOM is the most hidden provocative and secret of the artists we represent.

Already in 1999, they did their first work in collaboration in PROHIBITED, the collection of erotic-themed books that was an international success that has been reissued over the years. Another of the most recognized collaborations came with the project of the great fresco of the Medvedev in Moscow in 2006, also with an erotic and allegorical theme to the themes of classical art within this genre, picking up this work in his book DOME. That's why Laberinto Gris has considered that this exhibition, approaching both authors the erotic theme, was totally indispensable.

In the debate discussion of preparation to offer you the selection, we expose some of the artists’ words and reasons:

Outside the current rhetoric that invades us at this time (although except for obvious inequalities) and in front of many of those speeches, that covered with a veneer of "rights" do nothing but hide a new puritanism growing day by day (perhaps a deception to ensure that we are less free), including in these claims a patina of asexuality or rather of disapproval towards any manifestation of a sexual nature. We gathered all these works in a dark selection, we wanted to put the weight on what has been present since the beginning of the human being, from the remote matriarchy (here we have the sculptures of the "goddesses of fertility" found scattered around the world) and to lean clearly towards that primordial feminine figure that is not an invention of our century. That need for equality between humans does not have to hide eroticism or sex, something so obvious, today seems to be in danger self-censorship and hooking off pictures of museums.

Let’s carry on dreaming in dark rooms with the most perverse and hidden, leaving as unknown which is the genre we got on our minds or below our hips.

Luis Royo & Romulo Royo


Women have no problem objectifying the bodies they desire. But every woman knows what it's like to be that object, to be reduced to a flat vehicle for someone else's fantasies instead of a person with sexual agency. We don't have an even playing field, and given the opportunity to express desire, whether for one's own body or someone else's, women perhaps have an easier time remembering what it's like to be the object.

Maybe someday we'll get to a point where all depictions of sexuality are this complex, with bodies on display for arousal or introspection, but not for ownership.

Elle – Jaya Saxena

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