穿著華麗，充滿珠光寶氣的氣勢吸引了眾人的目光，女皇駕臨，凌駕一切，世人膜拜瞻仰，整個宇宙為她而開啟，從而掌握了生命。Reydel ESPINOSA 2020年的作品「The Queen女皇」在21世紀的當代社會，將我們的想像拋在現實之外，重探天地伊始。
Dressed in a glamorous, bejeweled style that captures everyone’s attention, the Queen arrives, towering over all. The world worships and admires her, and the entire universe lays open for her, giving her control over life. Espinosa's 2020 artwork, The Queen, takes audiences from 21st century contemporary society, and thrusts our imaginations outside of the realm of reality to revisit the beginning of the heavens and the earth.
Unlike the male-dominated world, this is the world of heaven and earth, where all the holy spirits are equal, there are no moral shackles, and even the strange and bizarre are taken for granted. Everything is alive, no distinction is made between man and beast, all beings are different but at ease. The universe creates its own order, full of fluctuation and balance. We are always filled with the suspicion of extreme unfamiliarity—from the place where the artist comes from to the non-existent world he creates, what exactly does he want to express? In the world of art, Espinosa’s paintings impact our overly rational and necessary skepticism.
Reydel ESPINOSA從小在古巴東部鄉下長大，因此孩童時期大自然的體驗對他的創作影響深遠。牛，是Reydel ESPINOSA孩提時期，經常遊走在鄉村景色裡出現的動物。對他而言，牠代表著力量。這幅以兩隻跳著騷莎舞的母牛為主要意象的超現實藝術創作，便是受到他童年回憶加上古巴文化的啟發。
Reydel ESPINOSA特別在這幅畫中呈現許多孩子般的俏皮、天真無邪以及無所限制的想像力。創作過程中，容許自己回到兒童般的初心，以好玩的心情，賦予他腦海中奇幻生物最大的自由。 比如，其中一隻母牛抱怨著因為一隻正在吸奶的小猩猩，讓她沒辦法好好跳舞比賽，而被裁判扣分變成九分。在左上方有一隻猩猩正拿著玫瑰要獻給牠愛上的猴子，卻不知道它是被奇幻物種操弄的玩偶而已。玩偶旁邊有一個異種生物詩人，手拿著一本有幼稚塗鴉的詩集。造成一種成熟與幼稚的反差。而右上方有一群動物和不同的生物們玩著大人們小時候都會玩的跳繩遊戲。這些調皮的或是有趣的小故事都是讓Reydel ESPINOSA自己、也讓觀畫者重溫孩童時的肆無忌憚和已被遺忘的好玩態度。因此，他刻意讓整幅畫充滿慶典般的豐富色彩和活潑的氛圍，甚至帶有孩子氣的幽默感。最終，如同古巴女歌手Celia Cruz 所唱“La vida es un carnaval”，“生命如同一場嘉年華”。
The artist grew up in the countryside of Eastern Cuba. He wandered around in the rural fields a lot and often saw cows. He was inspired by the combination of his youth memories and the Cuban culture to paint the central imagery of two cows dancing salsa. For him, it is an animal representing strength.
In this painting, the artist deliberately manifests unrestricted imaginations with characteristics of childishness and innocence as if he were back in his childhood embracing his inborn freedom, being driven by the pure thought of doing something fun. For example, one of the dancing cows is complaining that the little orangutan who is sucking her milk makes her dance badly and lose a point from 10 to 9. On the upper left side, an orangutan falls in love with a monkey, not knowing it is just a marionette manipulated by a group of unknown creatures. Right beside the marionette sits an animal poet who holds a poem with a childish doodle. This creates an ironic contrast between maturity and infancy. Meanwhile, a mixed group of animals and unknown creatures are playing rope jumping on the other side. All these interesting or naughty anecdotes are intended to remind the viewers, including the artist himself, of the fearless and fun-driven life attitudes as kids. Therefore, a festive ambiance and vivid mood with a sense of childish humor can be felt in this painting. After all, as the Cuban singer, Celia Cruz sang “La Vida es un Carnaval” (Life is a Carnival).
This painting depicts Eva returning to her primitive essence to take her modern role. It reminds the viewer of her prominence in the past. This time she doesn’t return with the prohibited fruit but with the energy of two tornados and flashes of lightning, bringing metamorphosis wherever she goes. It represents women in our society emerging with the strength of transforming and coping with all kinds of life situations. She is multi-talented and capable of taking on whichever role. The capricious transformation happens many times until a smile adds beauty and illuminates the surroundings.
While a surrealist creature is painting, a kiss comes out of his artwork magically. All of a sudden, he realizes that love is all there is and the only thing that truly matters. Somehow, the artist is reflecting himself subconsciously in this painting, about his relationship to his artwork as well as to his personal life. When we are passionate about what we do or our relationships to people, we receive love in return.
As a Cuban, the artist also likes to smoke cigars. However, smoking cigars is only an occasional luxury for ordinary Cubans. Therefore, he represents the satisfaction of smoking cigars as a simple happiness and a small blessing in life. The pipe in the painting has been depicted in a surreal and imaginative way. The artist often wants to outline the "non-existent" universe he imagines, inhabited by a group of intelligent animals and species with their own civilization. Just like humans enjoying life, there are also highly intelligent species with emotions, pastimes, thoughts, etc. This painting presents a small moment of lifestyle in this universe. Invisibility does not mean non-existence. For the artist, the world he visualizes is the world that exists in his inner universe. Once he paints them out, this invisible world is brought to light.
This is a scene where a frog queen is born of the artist's rich imagination. The queen is using a magic wand to cast magic on everything she observes with a magnifying glass. At this very moment, the queen is observing the DNA of a fish who is about to be devoured by another surreal bird creature. Although this only happens in an imaginary world, the artist features the frog queen as the protagonist and the evidence of the existence of this possible universe.
The award-winning Spanish 2022 Honorable Mentions for the Contemporary Expressions Award/has been collected by a German collector. This artwork was created during the COVID-19 pandemic with survival as its main theme. Therefore, there is an image of a character sucking on mother's milk and other animals eating, symbolizing the theme of survival. During this extraordinary time, the most basic needs are food and assistance. For example, in the painting, there is a monkey attempting to rescue another monkey drowning, reflecting the issue of survival. Many other animals undergoing transformations represent the changes happening in the artist's life and how people are adapting and altering their lives due to the pandemic. In one scene, monkeys playing chess metaphorically depict life as a competition, where each move is aimed at securing the necessary resources for survival. The artwork reflects how many artists interpret everything that the global population is going through during the creation process, drawing from their subconscious. This interpretation is like a dream, but it is a dream that is so real, happening within reality.