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Red and Black as Stendhal says. There is something very Asian, very Eastern about Western figurines that are so tied to the continental way of life of Old Europe. The aesthetic of the 1920s, of the years after the World War, has almost to do with the connection with Fritz Lang's Fury and the excessive stylization of the kibuki and kaiku. The contrasted lady is beautiful. Which, by the way, has something of a snake or dragon when he left his fairs and embraced creation. It has something of a dislocated Valkyrie mixing colors and textures. She has much of a woman and according to her contemporaries “nothing” of her gender. Francisca Serrano, a rare roommate, like everything "fabulous" in her life. Gallery owner, woman, budding artist, artist at the same time proven, mother, friend. Our days are an exquisite sculptural secret that you are going to be lucky enough to enjoy, like everything else in your life, in a torrential way. Like his dogs and his ladies, like his desk and his library.

Like everything.

Like nothing.

As always.

As never before.

As if imagining her to paint, or amalgamating feelings from her nineteenth-century house, you can also enjoy two of its parts united and presenting on this occasion the prolongation of her existence in the "pubescent" work of Francisco Serrano, son and pupil.

Enjoy, feel and navigate this world of lights, colors and shapes. This beautiful world, in a world not quite beautiful. An oasis, a loophole, an island where you can cling to color and life.

Higinio Morote




Francisco Martínez Serrano (Cieza, 1976) found his first creative references in the Mesones 37 and Efe Serrano galleries in his hometown, where he rubbed shoulders with painters
 from within and outside the Region of Murcia, each of whom contributed to the stimulation that fueled his interest in art. He is encouraged by an unshakeable faith in his own vision of art, as well as a solid understanding of techniques. Since its inception
 In the academy of the teacher Juan Solano, he learned voraciously and drew with charcoal at a dizzying pace. From his awakening as an artist to his last years in which he has conceived his first work, he always seemed destined to be linked with
 the art.

After some time in Miami, Martínez returned to settle in the family home in Cieza, where he continues to spend a good part of his time doing what he did as a child: carefully observing his parents' trade. The difference is that now he creates his own works which allows him to frame them and expose them to the public for the first time. His first exhibition entitled ‘Ayer. Today. Tomorrow ’he wanted to present his first artistic work conceived in the last two years. He did it through some thirty works in charcoal and three acrylics last December 2020 in Abarán (Murcia). His second chance came from the Los Baños Archaeological Museum, in Alhama de Murcia, with the exhibition ‘Living sculptures in your hands’ which, together with his mother Francisca Serrano, took place last June.

“I owe everything I am to my connection to art through the Efe Serrano gallery, where I have traveled with my mother to prestigious fairs and exhibitions such as the Salon d'Automne in Paris, the III International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Florence, the International Art Fair 'Lineart' in Ghent or the International Art Miami Fair 2002 ”, assures the painter. These are perfect first works of color and balance.

 His themes and style, inspired by his boundless imagination and by other artists such as Dalí, are constantly evolving. They are images that appear before your eyes
Once a painting is finished, it continues to change according to the mood of the viewer. And that is where Martínez's artistic talent appears in an astonishing way, in the way he gives movement in two strokes to distorted bodies that are reminiscent of surrealist elements. Or in that masterful transition that makes his charcoals incorporate color. In his words, “it looks like ink when I draw in charcoal. However, I need to continue researching with color, shapes and supports. For me it is very important to draw figurative, surrealism, expressionism and abstract. My references are Antoni Tàpies, Clavé, Picasso, Julio Ponzoa, José María Lisón and Pepe Lucas ”.

Pascual Gómez Yuste