Soon the artist and friend Ramón Roig left us two years ago. On February 23 will coincide with the last bars of this collective exhibition that wants to be a humble and meaningful tribute to his work and his person. Bringing together forty artists for this purpose has not been a flat work, but having achieved it only serves to demonstrate the validity of Ramón’s painting and that his memory is alive and luminous. For this joint exhibition, which has a title as suggestive as reliable, we were fortunate to be able to gather the first colleagues of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Barcelona in the 80s, companions of their land, the Baix Maestrat, companions of its first exhibitions, companions of his trips and stays in New York or Beijing. Companions and friends artists that come from crossing time and space to meet again with Ramón and with ourselves. To know or recognize us. They are even those who, unfortunately, left before the painter of Vinaròs. And some later, too.
Everything if each one of us has prepared specially for this project a work that, in one way or another, refers to friendship, the wild energy of youth, the love of painting, music, books, cinema , good eating and good drinking, the party, the passion to live. All those things that Ramón inevitably reminds us of, that we learned from him or with him, that we discuss, with heated enthusiasm, or that we share in table-parties, early mornings, museums, taverns or train cars. He worked with La Xina A.R.T. from its beginnings (“10 Mediterranean artists in NY”) to its last days (“Melvilliada”, a tête-à-tête with one of its usual friends, and in the collective “… and the kings will take us coal” , which would be his last public job, one more before he left). He also collaborated, with the absolute intensity with which he did everything, with our magazine “La Conchinchina”, since literature was one of his most passionate loves.
“Rojo”, a resplendent, generous, excessive, grateful and indomitable color, like the Ramón, is, then, a vindication of the painting and the figure of a great friend and creator and, at the same time, an opportunity to see, of new, his work, in one of his paintings or in those of the people who loved him, configuring, all this, the drawing, traced with all possible reds, of a whole generation of artists.
Authors: José Aja, Jaume Amigó, Benxamín Álvarez, Pepe Beas, Luís Cadarso, Montse Camprubí, Gemma Canal, Joanra Canosa, Josep Mª Canyameras, Leo Casamitjana, Raimond Chaves, Andrés Cobo, Joan Colominas, Jordi Encinas, Jesús Etxarte, Kim Fandos , Elena Gastón, Tito Inchaurralde, Matías Krahn, Miriam Lanzaco, Valentín López, Aina Lorente, José Manuel Martín Edo, Xesco Mercé, Enrique Pascó, Mariano Poyatos, Santi Queralt, Esther Ramos, Francisco Roig, Ramón Roig, Gino Rubert, Carles Santos , Anna Solé, Antonio Tartas, José A. Troya, Jorge Usán, Juan Carlos Valen, Venutti, Jordi Vila Llàcer, Eva Vila Pou and Marc Vilallonga.
Space: La Xina A.R.T., Hort de la bomba, 6, 08001 Barcelona
Dates: from January 27 to March 3, 2018
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Concerted visits: 678452653
Inauguration: Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m.