Ramon Maiden is an artist who creates work that not only looks aesthetically pleasing, but also delivers an underlying message and purpose to its viewer. Each photograph or image Maiden collects is transformed for a reason. From the famous Vargas pin-ups, vintage postcards and calendars, to holy Saints and religious characters. Sometimes his reasoning has social, political or religious influence, yet at other times it is solely to reference Maiden’s own opinions of society drawn from his childhood. Ramon Maiden updates and modernises historical figures, tattooing them on paper in order to give them relevance in todays ever-changing society.
Maiden was born and raised in Roquetas – the Bronx of Barcelona – a working class neighbourhood located on the edge of the city’s limits. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s it was known for it’s high levels of crime and nonconformity. Even as the Olympics were catalysing the resurgence of Spain’s wealth, the economic situation at the time was far from optimal here, and heroin did a lot of damage. It was considered to be both the birthplace and the breeding ground of the Barcelona junkies (‘kinki’s’); the authentic junkies, the ones that truly had nothing to live for. They were the scruffy, tracksuit-clad, women-watchers. They were the Spanish ‘Robin Hoods’ – but they took from the rich and gave to themselves. The neighbourhood thugs had very particular laws of camaraderie, the main being that there would be no stealing to occur in their own neighbourhood; they were the true dandies.
In ‘Turbo faith, Ladies Of The Night & Dandy Delinquents’ Maiden will be exhibiting a new body of framed drawings, his collectable hand painted wooden artist hands as well as a selection of his products.
On show at StolenSpace Gallery from 16 April.