A Fabulously Baroque Reptile by Saturno In Wynwood

Miguel Ángel Sánchez AKA SATURNO is an artist from a small town near Barcelona in Spain. A self-taught painter and illustrator, he’s become a recognized name in the European graffiti scene since he began in 1995, biting off a bigger piece of fame with each project.

SATURNO. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Since 2012 he’s developed his own, unmistakable style that frightens and thrills in equal measure, and he has been painting his fantastical creations on walls big and small across Europe. With an illustration style that boasts ultra-real monsters and characters of exaggerated proportions and serious high gloss, he’s led and collaborated on many commercial projects and brands in the last few years with fire-breathing success.

SATURNO. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The 2019 edition of Art Basel/Wynwood this past December allowed him to showcase his imagination and skills in quite remarkable ways on a couple of murals in Wynwood, Miami. One, in particular, is this astoundingly baroque beast dressed in the finest regal threads, dripping jewels, and saliva with bulging eyes and a voracious appetite for consumption.

SATURNO. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Fans say Saturno examines the subconscious and darker aspects of people and behaviors with his work – which may lead one to conclude that this epic character is a thinly veiled metaphor for opportunist alligators whom you may meet here who are trolling flamboyantly through this rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, regaling themselves with so many shiny baubles. Certainly this reptilian socialite is audacious and confidently showy, and Saturno has hit gold with a likeness that is both repulsive and compelling.

SATURNO. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SATURNO. Wynwood, Miami. December 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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This is the second wall I painted for Art Basel 2019. I’ve had a spectacular first time visiting Miami and participating in Art Basel. I was able to do what I like most in life, and that is to paint, specifically with sprays, in the street on a large wall. It has been a hard month without rest, but it was worth the final result. Thanks to the people of @superchiefgallery for thinking of me for Art Basel this year, and to the people of @manacontemporary and @manawynwood for giving me the opportunity and an incredible spot in the huge Mana Convention Center. Finally, thanks to my friend @drone_exelbierd for the incredible images he took with his drone, the work and connection and no doubt a great work-team brother #thanks 🙏✨ soundtrack by Jamie xx – Gosh 🎧 #artbaselmiami #saturnoart

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