MARK RYDEN

Blending themes of pop culture with techniques reminiscent of the old masters, Mark Ryden has created a singular style that blurs the traditional boundaries between high and low art. His work first garnered attention in the 1990s when he ushered in a new genre of painting, “Pop Surrealism,” dragging a host of followers in his wake. Ryden has trumped the initial surrealist strategies by choosing subject matter loaded with cultural connotation.

Ryden’s vocabulary ranges from cryptic to cute, treading a fine line between nostalgic cliché and unsettling archetype. Seduced by his infinitely detailed and meticulously glazed surfaces, the viewer is confronted with the juxtaposition of the childhood innocence and the mysterious recesses of the soul. A subtle disquiet inhabits his paintings; the work is achingly beautiful as it hints at darker psychic stuff beneath the surface of cultural kitsch. In Ryden’s world cherubic girls rub elbows with strange and mysterious figures. Ornately carved frames lend the paintings a baroque exuberance that adds gravity to their enigmatic themes.

The artist stated: “The original painting has been in Lio Malca’s collection in New York since 2005 and thanks to his continuous support, it has been included in some of the most important exhibitions of my work to date. Lio has been a great supporter of my work and it was a pleasure to think of a way to, somehow, include this work in Casa Malca. Due to security challenges and weather conditions it was best way to install an oversize print to be displayed in Tulum. I then, authorized and gifted this paint to Lio”.