SPAIN’S FINEST - RAMON SAN MIGUEL PAINTS OUR NATION’S MOST PERFECT TITS
Ramon San Miquel is a painter who lives in his grandfather’s old dentist’s office, which is situated deep in the Catalonian mountains and looks like Dracula’s lair if was moonlighting as a rural orthodontist. Actually he divides his time between there and a fairly regular studio in Madrid’s Sierra, but why sell the guy short.
Ramon’s part of a school of Spanish artists that include photographer Alberto Garcia-Alix and oil-painter Jorge Isla, and whose subjects can largely be divided into piercing artists, drug addicts, and naked girls. While this kind of material may have lost its “edginess” a while ago in New York or London, the Spanish public is just coming around to it. Garcia-Alix has gone from shooting portraits of porn stars to holding a retrospective at the Reina Sofia and joining the Spanish Aristocracy. Jorge Isla is still relatively unknown, although his gothic oil-on-board paintings seem to appeal to retired drug dealers, and members of Madrid’s piercing and tattoo communities.
Out of this friendship circle, (which also counts Toño Camunñas and the mexican tatoo artist Dr. Lakra among its members), I like Ramon’s paintings the best. Working in pencil and watercolor on canvas, his nudes have more in common with contemporary photo portraiture than the sometimes cartoonishly symbolic work of his peers. He also paints a great tit.
Anyways, here’s a chat we had with him in the bowels of Dr. Acula’s old dental practice (that joke doesn’t work in Spanish, so please enjoy it for what it’s worth).