Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to present May the Earth Rest Lightly on You, an exhibition of new watercolor paintings by Santi Moix. Known for his fantastical abstract oil paintings that use wit and color to tell a story, Moix is now opening his brilliant watercolor diary to narrate his recent travels through his native Barcelona, Morocco, New York and the Ivory Coast.
“To draw is my way to write,” Moix says of the sketchbooks, which are filled with vivid images of faraway people, places and foods. “Watercolor helps me think. Water knows how to put things together like a good soup.” The imagery is both classic and contemporary, bringing to mind a Mediterranean On the Road or Route 66 as seen through the eyes of Isak Dinesen. Although less abstract and bold than his oil paintings, these watercolors maintain a quiet energy, telling distinct stories that are sometimes sad and sometimes humorous, but always exciting and alive.
The imagery in May the Earth Rest Lightly on You is a model of cultural diversity, like Moix himself. His oft-told bio bears repeating, as it contextualizes both his passion and his art. Born into a gypsy tribe in Spain, he was adopted by a wealthy couple after his family was killed in a flood. He was raised in Barcelona, but has lived in New York City for the past 20 years.
Santi Moix’s recent exhibitions include American Contemporary Printing Exhibition at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing; Santi Moix on Don Quixote at Pace Prints in New York; Santi Moix: del fang a l’escultura at the Museu de Ceràmica in Barcelona and Santi Moix at Galeria Carles Tache in Barcelona. In 2011, Galaxia Gutenberg will publish a Spanish-language translation of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn featuring color illustrations by Moix.