Animal exposes the relation between animality and humanity. We see the sun and the moon, the horse and the rider, we see the tiger in the Zoo and the dog that is slowly disappearing into someone’s stomach. The colours are plain: pink, yellow, green and orange. Made under the pseudonym R.I.S., the possibility of new forms appear to be linked to the loss of sense itself; “I chose the pseudonym to be more free, to provide a new form for some images that have kept haunting my imagination since I was a child. R.I.S. means nothing.”
As a son of Spanish immigrants in the Basque Country, Javier Triviño Murillo (32) felt especially susceptible to the graffiti that he encountered growing up in Arrasate, an important backdrop of the Basque terrorist organization ETA. The political revolt and terror had its own urban aesthetics that emerged as an intimidating but powerful presence in his early years. Thus the relation between art and politics as well as the dichotomy of animality and humanity are recurrent themes in his work. He received his degree in Graphic Design from ESDIR School of Art and Design, Logroño, Spain (2011). His work has been presented at a solo exhibition in Logroño, Spain (2017), and at several group exhibitions in northern Spain. Triviño is currently living and working in Berlin.