- Selected Works
Talking about the Ramones, is talking about ArturoVega, also called "The Fifth Ramone". Vega is the man behind the well known logo of the famous punk rock band. Ever since their first concert back in 1976 he toured with the band and was responsible for their "look".
Besides his unique life story as the marketeer behind the Ramones (who doesn't remember the famous T-shirts?), he happens to be an extremely talented painter of iconic images. Images you will never forget once you have seen them. From his pop art paintings to his windmill series - which show a direct link to the Dutch landscape and Mondriaan - the bravado and originality of his impressive body of work is as powerful as it is beautiful.
Arturo Vega is a living example of my conviction that one doesn't need to go to art school to become a painter and that one doesn't need to be 25 years of age in order to get "discovered". I feel there is a "click" between Vega and me, on an artistic as well as a personal level. These days, we need independent souls like Vega to show us the importance of audacity, authenticity and progression. Instead of cherishing these qualities, the art world, and in particular the art market, seem to ignore them.
Arturo Vega is a vital monument, a symbol of a crucial period in the 20th Century history of Pop art. Even if his role in the history of Pop music may be a fait accompli, the art world is still waiting for this man. I am extremely proud and happy Vega has trusted me to contribute in his career as an artist. I will definitely do so in the spirit of his own words: “I will do the best I can and will never give up”.