It really is true that the best things come to those who wait. We’ve been sitting outside the gallery for some weeks waiting for Ruben to drop off some works and finally he delivered!


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in his own words (and one of the best bios i’ve ever read):

I’m Ruben Sanchez. Born and raised in Madrid, Spain (1979)
In 1993 I was kidnapped while I was drawing on my text books at home. The two kidnappers left this note:

“We take your kid.
Mr. Skateboarding and Mrs. Graffiti”

These two never asked for a ransom from my family, so they gave me up for lost.
I would never be an astronaut or that guy hanging onto a garbage truck that I was aiming for when I was kid.
The consequences of this kidnapping were bad in a way: troubles in school, shitty jobs, disappointments, fines, injuries… but the good consequences made it worthy: friends, travels, fun, survival, and the most important: freedom.
The 90’s skateboarding and graffiti movement was pretty unique and I think it marked deeply the lives of those who were involved in it, in the same way the emotional strength and freedom from tribal art marked the lives of Matisse, Picasso or Giacometti.

This experience has also given me a curious vision of the environment: The b-side of things.

You don’t learn this in school… or maybe, I don’t know, I quit school pretty soon, but where people don’t see anything special when they look at a bench or at a dirty wall for example, we the kidnapped people see spots, either for skate or paint.
With this in mind I’m interested in reviving old spaces, in resurrecting stuff, mixing textures and color palettes in order to make my artworks interact with dead scenarios, normally through surreal characters in everyday situations that we normally don’t pay attention to.
I basically turn ideas into geometric colored shapes that play with each other, flirting with abstract art, forcing the viewer’s brain to decipher the work.
If you dissect today some of my artworks you might find mediterranean life, graphic design, flamenco, arab influences, graffiti, cubism, tribal art, skateboarding, mythology, surrealism, nature… or something completely unrelated to that.

My grandma says my art is ‘chocante’ (shocking).

Born and raised in Madrid, adopted by Barcelona in the early 2000 and recently living in Dubai.


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Ruseifa, Jordan. 2015

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City Blindness. Madrid 2016

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Mi Casa es tu Casa. Za’atari Village, Syrian border of Jordan. 2014

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Hunter S. Thompson. Las Vegas 2015

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Rooftop skatepark. Barcelona 2016

Great to finally have him at Base Elements. Check out the store and hold tight for works coming soon!

Ruben Sanchez works on paper.

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