Our times are no longer that kingdom of innocence we used to believe. The evil witches have taken over, and Mickey Mouse, Snow White and all the other princesses, could only succumb to this nefarious new order of things. This is the Disasterland told by José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros, from Mexico, through his ironic and irreverent painting. The desperate cry of a child who became aware of the striking contrast between our ideals and our realities, and seeks to highlight it.
“I think it’s time to stop being afraid and to speak without hesitation about certain taboo subjects.”
But, as opposed as it might seem, Rodolfo has utmost respect for the artistry of Disney cartoons, since served as his first visual school: “It was very stimulating. The colorful landscapes, the stylization of the characters and the amazing animation inspired me”. Disasterland — from a past exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles — is first of all his tribute to pop culture, fashion, animation, horror films and the undeniable attraction of celebrity.