The Catastrophes

This series of drawings depict a number of surreal catastrophic events. The general idea and several images came to me back in the first half of 2016, before the world went crazy. I suppose there was an undertow of instability sloshing around under the apparent calm, and I guess I tapped into that. I have to say: my concept of catastrophe goes beyond natural disasters and includes more abstract phenomena, such as radical political polarization, the rise of post-truth, the culture of surveillance, technologies such as AI and robotization, all which might end up being harmless enough but could just as well produce dystopian results. Drawing this images has been a way for me to think about this things, of confronting and, as often as possible, poking fun at them.

About the Artist

Mateo Pizarro is a Colombian Artist who lives and Works in Mexico City. Although he graduasted from the electronic and conceptual art program in Los Andes University, most of his work is anchored in traditional drawing. He is represented by Heart Ego Contemporary Art gallery in Monterrey, Mexico. His works have been featured in group and solo shows and art fairs in Madrid, Paris, Houston, Mexico City, Monterrey, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Santiago de Chile and Miami, among other places. He has won a number of awards and grants including a CIFO commissions grant, and a first place in the Colsanitas Young Artists Salon. His work has also been featured in several publications including The Guardian, Malibu Mag, Juxtapoz, Thisiscolossal, Booooooooom, el Tiempo, el Espectador, etc.

More of Mateo’s work can be seen on Behance and on Instagram

IllustrationRyan Berg