Raul Sisniega

Raul Sisniega

MISTICA SALVAJE

Inspired by one of the most beautiful precolumbian codexes (codex Borgia), Mistica Salvaje is a series of images that aim to to illustrate a science fiction narrative that describes a super natural trip of connection with nature and ancient intelligences.

The artworks are presented as if they were loose pages of an ancient document, painted a long time ago by an anonymous artist.

The story begins when a humanoid character accesses a supernatural enclosure by using a mystical ingredient found in the carpel of a strange flower known as Demetria. Once the mysterious spice is ingested, the voyage starts. Throughout this experience the protagonist gets in touch with symbols of life, death, movement, renovation and eternity. All of this create a feeling of profound connection with the environment and help to become aware of the spiritual realm, where visions of ancient deities appear as
teachers of the one and only truth, we are all one big spirit and there is only one rule: love.

All these experiences are portrayed in a series of 9 acrylic ink paintings that aim to create a contemporary mix of precolumbian aestethic with videogames and cartoons.

The intention is to invite the observer to reflect on deep philosophical subjects like creation of humankind, spirituality and our relationship to planet Earth.

As part of the show, I include a series of six small mixed media drawings that are very important since they were the first step taken during the journey of creation of this series. Each drawing depicts a god like creature inspired by the nahuatl concept of Teteo Nan ( God mother). For the mexicas, Teteo Nan were the intelligences that created the material universe. I guess you can call them gods if you wish to use a
more european and colonial approach. I prefer to call them ancient alien intelligence or Spiritual Weaving Machines.

Finally,I included a couple of silkscreen prints that were used to make street art interventions in Mexico City during the first half o year 2022, where two of the Spiritual Weaving Machine designs were used to create a mosaique pattern.

Hope you enjoy watching this series as much as I enjoyed creating it!

- Raul Sisniega

Artist Bio:
Raúl Sisniega.
Born 1980, Mexico City, Mexico.
Lives and works in Mexico City.
biosisniega@gmail.com
Instagram: @raul_sisniega

I am interested in exploring the deep levels of connection between technology, biology, religious philosophy and consciousness. At the center of my plastic practice there is an intellectual need to express the nature of reality through images that arise from the reflections that happen in my search to find meaning in human experience.

Through the fusion of repetition patterns, ancient symbols and geometric characters, I construct scenes
that aspire to transport the viewer on a psychedelic, spiritual and hypnotic journey.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021 “Malkuth” Pilsen Arts & Community House / Gallery19, Chicago.
2020 “La duración de las cosas esternas” We Are Todos Galería, Mexico City.
2017 “Ad nauseam” Universidad de la Comunicación, Mexico City.

G R OUP EXHIBITIONS
2021 “L’éclaireur” Calaveras Gallery, Brussels.
2018 “Tránsito” GAMA Galería, Mexico City.
2016 “Ausencia presente” GAMA Galería, Mexico City.
2015 “Nuevo muralismo mexicano” Arte Hoy Galería, Mexico City.
2015 “4 igual a 1” Celaya Brothers Gallery, Mexico City.
2015 “Colores, olores y sabores...” Museo del Tequila y mezcal, Mexico City.
2014 “Crossroads” Univeridad de Palermo, Buenos Aires.
2013 “Sagrada dualidad” ARCA Galería, Mexico City.

PRINTED PUBLICATIONS
2017 Muros Somos: los nuevos muralista mexicanos. Cynthia Arvide, La Cifra Editorial, Mexico.
2016 Make your mark: The NEW urban artists. Tristan Manco, Thames and Hudson, United Kingdom.

VIDEOS AND PRESS
Gobierno de México: https://cutt.ly/9jc99bu
Secretaría de Cultura: https://cutt.ly/Ejc95Ul
Vice: https://cutt.ly/ljc96Cg
Voyage MIA: https://cutt.ly/Vjc80Rm
All City Canvas: https://cutt.ly/pjc83hT
Wahaca Manchester: https://cutt.ly/Ljc3qSL
Social Design Magazine: https://bit.ly/2CMsAzj
Tristan Manco: https://cutt.ly/zjc3wMn
Fubiz.NET: https://cutt.ly/Bjc4qZ2
Phillips: https://cutt.ly/ajc3tVL
Arte Hoy Gallery: https://cutt.ly/ejc3y8I
Mural Central: https://cutt.ly/1jc3iXb
Domestika: https://goo.gl/WAaS94
GQ México: https://goo.gl/7YunRM

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