Exodus 20:17

Rómulo Santa Rita
Angola

€5.384,33

Mixed Media on Recycled paper

Size: 120 W x 140 H cm / 47 W x 55 H in

Ships in a case

About The Artwork

BIZANGOL, BETWEEN DEVOTION AND GREED BY RÓMULO SANTA
RITA

The intersection between religion and greed is a fascinating topic that dates back to the dawn of human history. Over the centuries, religious practices have moulded the beliefs and values of societies, influencing both spirituality and the quest for material wealth. This exhibition closely explores this complex and often contradictory relationship between religious devotion and the quest to accumulate material goods.

Byzantine iconography makes you feel as if you are in front of the sacred, the way the figures are portrayed, in timeless poses and penetrating gazes creates a direct
connection with the divine. The aim of the works is to capture this sense of transcendence, which invites the viewer to rise above everyday life and explore the deeper dimensions of existence.

Angola's oil wealth has fuelled bad governance and corruption. The concentration of economic power in the hands of a few has been the main denominator of social divisions and has created a vicious cycle of exploitation, where resources intended for
development are diverted to private interests. This undermines trust in government institutions and creates an environment of political instability.

The relationship between religion and greed is a multifaceted territory where spiritual values and material desires often intertwine. BIzangol invites visitors to reflect on the human motivations behind this complex interaction. As we explore this connection, we are challenged to consider how the pursuit of wealth influences our beliefs, behaviours and society at large.

REFERENCE
The mosaic is the ultimate expression of Byzantine art and is not only used to decorate
walls and vaults, but also as a source of instruction and spiritual guidance for the faithful, showing them scenes from the life of Christ, the prophets and the various emperors. The way Byzantine mosaics are made follows conventions that also govern frescoes. In them, for example, people are represented head-on and verticalised to create a certain notion of spirituality; perspective and volume are ignored, and gold is used in abundance, due to its association with one of the greatest material goods, such as gold.

Originally created: 2023
Subject: Social, Religious
Materials: Recycled Paper
Medium: Acrylic, Gouache, newspaper, gold leaf
Styles: Documentary, Conceptual, Realism, Portraiture, Pop Art

Details & Dimensions

Painting: Acrylic, Gouache, newspaper on Paper
Original: One-of-a-kind Artwork
Size: 70 W x 80 H cm
Frame: Not Framed
Ready to Hang: Not applicable
Packaging: Ships in a box

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The intersection between religion and greed is a fascinating topic that dates back to the dawn of human history. Over the centuries, religious practices have moulded the beliefs and values of societies, influencing both spirituality and the quest for material wealth. This exhibition closely explores this complex and often contradictory relationship between
religious devotion and the quest to accumulate material goods.


Rómulo Santa Rita

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Rómulo Santa Rita

As an autodidact, he moved to Luanda in 2011, where he found the inspiration that helped define his urban interventions as visual expressions of life and thought. These are then materialized through compositions based on alternative materials such as cardboard, books with stains of acrylic paint and gouache, and pieces of magazines and papers, which he carefully selects in accordance with the specific political, social, and cultural topics addressed.

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