‘Archangel at the Gates of Pleroma’ by Raúl Sisniega
Artist: Raúl Sisniega
Title: ‘Archangel at the Gates of Pleroma’
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Dimensions: 25″ x 19″
Year of Creation: 2019
About the Artwork:
“Archangel at the Gates of Pleroma, is my most recent canvas artwork. It marks the beginning of a new stage in my artistic development, in which I am now experimenting with new ways of constructing characters in order to create new scenarios that can depict the visions and information assimilated during my psychedelic experiences.
In this scene, a divine being is depicted while he is guarding the entrance to an upper dimension, named Pleroma by the Greek philosopher Plato. This image is a new proposal that mixes an Aztec snake head with video games and pixels, as an attempt to provide an alternative and contemporary image to how angels are usually depicted in traditional western religion.
It is an image created out of ancient Mexican tradition and 20th and 21st century globalization.” – Raúl Sisniega
About the Artist:
RAÚL SISNIEGA (México, 1980)
Former student of graphic design at the National School of Fine Arts (UNAM) in Mexico. Sisniega has also been active in metal etching and ceramic workshops at the Crafts and Design School (INBA) in Mexico City, as well in oil painting workshops at Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City.
His mural and canvas artwork can be found in Sidney, London and Manchester, as well as all over Mexico, where he has been an active member of the street art movement since 2010, participating in, private, governmental and non-profit projects. Sisniega ´s street interventions have been published in two different books that document art in public spaces: “Make your mark: The new urban artists” printed by Thames and Hudson in the United Kingdom, and “Muros somos: los nuevos muralistas mexicanos( We are walls: the new mexican muralists)”, in Mexico.
He has collaborated with different international brands such as Sony, Kleenex, Mercedes Benz, Perrier, Converse, Wahaca, Vans and Phillips.
His work is a combination of geometry and psychedelia. Through the use of simple geometric forms he creates a wide range of characters that inhabit a micro universe filled with atmospheres full of rhythm, color shades and optical illusions.
Dealing with scientific concepts like Gnosticism, quantum particles, fragmentation, infinity and cell reproduction, he provides a portal for the beholder to enter a mystical world full of math and questions about the nature of matter, spirit and our own existence.