Like a faint trail in the trash of a humankind ineluctably indifferent to its host planet, the art by Pejac gently appears on the surface of things, a final beauty’s testimony maybe bound to disappear forever.
When talking about Pejac, the key terms are “message” and “adaption”. No matter if he works on paper, canvas or in public, he has tremendous ability to adapt his work in order to pass a clear and powerful message. Whether drawing a map of the world draining into a sewer or painting a chilling take on iconic photograph of Buddhist monk burning himself, his art is provocative and critical, capable of stopping the observer in his tracks. In order to achieve such effect, he is using different visual languages, reaching for unconventional tools, or finding alternative ways to present the finished work.
From miniature window drawings, striking site-specific interventions to elaborate replicas of classic masterpieces, Pejac is rightfully recruiting an army of fans and collectors with every new piece he makes. Taking clever twists on familiar images and skillfully reinventing the public space, Barcelona-based artist is touching sensitive social and environmental issues in a smart and poetic manner. The strength of his work and universal language comes from the right combination of admirable painting skills, original and effective concepts, and vast knowledge of classic art and popular culture.
Though truly skilled and capable of making remakes of classic masterpieces by Claude Monet, Eugène Delacroix, Katsushika Hokusai, or references to Lucio Fontana or Alberto Giacometti, Pejac feels comfortable minimizing his work to bare silhouettes or shadows when needed. The ability to touch different subjects and use vast range of different mediums, techniques, formats or styles, is what makes his works unique. The fact that he keeps his voice recognizable despite diverse variety of styles and concepts, is surely one of his biggest strengths, rarely seen in the art world.
Through his Stay Art Home motto, Pejac has proposed creativity as one of the best therapies to fight anxiety and boredom resulting from quarantine. It can’t rain all the time (social distancing) is the title of one of his home artworks recalling the raining men of René Magritte’s Golconda. It seems to be a message of hope for the world after isolation.