Role models of greatness.

Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Ignacio Goitia

Artist Ignacio Goitia ((b. 1968 Bilbao, Spain) is a surrealist painter who embellishes images of imposing buildings and grand, palatial interiors with startling, incongruent extras, such as nude or semi-nude men in leather fetish garb, giving his work an over-the-top homoerotic bent. Sometimes he includes images of himself, as in a painting in which he is seated on a motorcycle taking notes while admiring museum sculptures. As well, Goitia (shown above) has completed dozens of paintings featuring monumental giraffes.

Passion for Canaletto (2005):

Until last week his work was being exhibited at a gallery in Spain under the title “The Grand Tour,” capturing the spirit of visitors to Europe’s great cities and museums during the 18th and 19th centuries. This show has traveled from Brussels to Munich to Rome and will settle into the important modern art scene of Miami, FL, later this year.

Ignacio studied in Florence, London and Paris, eventually devoting himself exclusively to drawing and painting. Although Goitia divides his time between Bilbao and Miami, he has mainly exhibited his art in Paris, Miami, Madrid, Rome, Bordeaux and various other European venues. Goitia’s personal appearance evokes the cultured high-society travelers depicted in his paintings – that of an adventurous, well-bred Bohemian.

Mr. Goitia presents himself as quite the dandy:

1 comment:

  1. These are simply spectacular--and so distinct even if also related, that some attract far more than others (for me, at least.) There are three I couldn't believe: The one with the young boy in briefs on the blue sofa, head in the suited man's crotch, and not possible to be sure what else may be happening. Also, that Royal Bedroom full of Hunks, third from left with legs spread and groping his own crotch--man, that is such fabulous lewdness in the midst of all that (other) luxury. Also, the museum one, where the men often become sculptures themselves. Very original, never saw anything like it, in fact. Will be looking at his gallery schedule, and hope some of them will be in New York soon.