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Santi Moix

(Barcelona, 1960)

Captivation, consistency, clarity. A constant personal voice and, at the same time, developing one's work. The premises Santi Moix refers to as the bases of his work can also be heard from the mouth of a stage director. And, if the truth be told, Moix would in fact, like to stage an opera. Turandot or Tristan and Isolda, for example. He would do it just to get out of his study; to flee from the many hours that an artist spends working completely alone; to have fun. He would probably take great delight in talking both to singers and technicians. He might even tell them that he once met Fellini, another theatre and circus buff. Apparently, they met in Italy, when he was just a teenager with an extraordinary gift for drawing. And even though his painting is abstract, he hasn't stopped drawing. The poster he has created for the XX edition of the Festival Temporada Alta - Festival de Tardor de Catalunya combines these two facets: the abstract and the figurative. He'd been trying to put them together for years, but had never quite found the right moment. Until five years ago, that is, when he was working on a set of pottery in Morrocco, and he came across donkeys carrying all sorts of wares. The result? A surprising series of paintings showing the backside of donkeys as the centrepiece (a detail that great masters like Velázquez enjoyed painting and that showed their expertise, says Moix), pictures full of the shapes characteristic of his style. A little later he did a series of engravings on Quijote. The characters he has created for the Festival poster seem to be inspired on the multitude of characters in these engravings, and on those that inhabit the watercolours he has produced for an edition of Hucklelberry Finn, by Mark Twain. Joan Junceda, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Goya and Delaxroix.......the list of artists that have inspired him is huge. The choice of Santi Moix to produce the poster for the XX edition of Temporada Alta can be interpreted in many ways. His works, like theatre, are simple and yet voluptuous, flamboyant. They are modern, but have travelled far before reaching their destination. The sleeping face he has drawn amongst the other figures in the poster, like forgotten ruins at the bottom of the sea, dreams of works that must still be written and painted.

Antoni Ribas Tur

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