MACHO IS DEAD.
It’s one of the reasons I’m here.
We all know the stale stereotype of the IBERIAN MALE. The strong man, hard, determined, powerful, sexual, a little bit bull, a little bit pig. In Spain, men are educated in this way, to be insensitive beasts that can work twelve hours, earn nine hundred euros, carry a family with many children, copulate when asked and close their mouths to any personal problem. If there is any sorrow, they should go to the bar to drink and watch football.
I have grown up in a society (using the term society as WE, and not THE OTHERS) that has imposed values on me without considering their weight. I am expected to be strong, masculine, not afraid, not to have complaints. I have to protect others, lead the group, be the alpha male everyone expects, raise a family, pull everything forward and never waver.
I have no choice but to refuse.
The feminist movements that resurface, by fortune and necessity, at the end of this decade as well as the discourses of gender liberation and sexual identity reveal the new scenario in which the man finds himself, perhaps mistreated by all these currents.
It is a reality that there is a consciousness of NEW MASCULINITIES, where a man can be a man, and that means, if you want to, be sensitive, be afraid, be fragile, need help… or be whatever you want to be as a man, as if that means being what we think a woman should be.
My discourse is this, as is my work. Free men, strong or not. Whatever they choose to be.
WHO AM I
Illustration, painting and design
By choice, my name is Bran Sólo. I was born in Murcia, Spain, in 1985. I am a good person, drawer, painter, designer and photographer, as well as many other things I never wanted to be. For me, there is no contrast between black and white, light changes the shape of things, emptiness can be full and I have never seen the full moon as you probably do.
I dedicate myself to painting and illustration since 2014, having had the opportunity to exhibit original work or signed edition at the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga, at the ESTAMPA fair in Madrid, at the NB7 gallery of the FLECHA fair in the same city, as well as in other spaces such as Échale Guindas Galería, Matraca Gallery, VillaPuchero Factory, Factoría de Arte y Desarrollo, Swinton & Grant, The Folio Club, Nigredo Espacio, El Gallinero or Vergel Espacio. In addition, I collaborate with the publishers of 180 hilos exhibiting work in serial edition at MACBA and CCCB in Barcelona, CAIXA Forum Madrid and the Centre Pompidou in Malaga, as well as at the ARCO 2018 Art Fair (Laie Bookstore Booth).
In this website you can consult my portfolio, a book with all my work and the most recent works, the calendar of transfer workshops I teach in Madrid and other cities in Spain, as well as going to the online store where you can buy my works.
BUY ART ONLINE
At www.bransolo.com you can buy original paintings and printed editions (lithographs and reproductions) directly from the artist.
Browse through the catalogue of Original Work, where you will find painting on canvas, paper and wood in acrylic and mixed technique, or discover the printed editions (“Prints“) on paper of high durability and signed.