Born in 1975, Madrid, Spain.
Lives and works in Madrid, Spain.
/Since he began his prolific artistic career, the artwork of Eugenio Merino has reflected the concerning situation of contemporary society in relation to war, religion, politics and social issues. Throughout his career, the artist from Madrid has demonstrated his ability to set a transdisciplinary work, able to merge different means such as neorealist sculpture, paintings, drawings or installations. He finds inspiration in a popular imaginary and mass media which he combines with dialectical, metaphorical and metonymical means to assembly his artworks. The opposition of different realities, as well as disparate referents and symbols, also generate different possible ways of reading his artistic production.
Elements coming from 21st century iconography and cultural stereotypes that have shaped Western thought can be found in his artworks with an added sense of acid irony and discursive sarcasm. Merino has described his work in the following manner: 'Art is a critical, emotional and creative way of thinking. It is an aesthetical and conceptual way of questioning fundamental problems. My work hovers between belief and disbelief, paradox and equality, taste and distaste, respect and offense. Humor and tragedy are the ways I find more convincing to express the bitter-sweet taste of life'.