With more than 40 years of songs to his credit, there is another side to the Spanish singer-songwriter that is not so well known: a pictorial world that has accompanied him throughout his musical career, concealed far away from the stage.
(1949) Although recognized for his musical talent, his artistic career began as a poet. He created a middle ground between the two by becoming a poet with a guitar, a global artist who still today continues to evolve while exploring different artistic corners of his own being. At the age of 14, he had his first contact with drawing, a passion that he has maintained and developed through the years. This secret talent has led him to fill numerous notebooks with sketches full of life and joy, influenced by Picasso, which play with many shapes and colours.
After the stage lights have dimmed and the last note has died away, Joaquín Sabina takes refuge in his notebooks and his marker pens, which have produced hundreds of drawings in bright, luminous colours, filled with princesses, myths and muses… Garagatos reveals to us this world of shapes and colours, a numbered, limited edition of 4,998 copies, all signed by the artist.
40 years of song also means 40 years of sketches, anecdotes and secrets that ARTIKA has collected behind the door of the singer-songwriter’s room, which Sabina himself painted, a case-sculpture that encloses two volumes.
The Art Book contains 66 drawings, selected by the artist, which portray the great themes of his musical work accompanied by verses, comments and lines from his songs. It also contains a pull-out poster almost three metres long and featuring 74 portraits.
The Study Book, Garagatos, is a journey described by some top-class writers, who know Sabina’s life and work perfectly well, namely Luis García Montero, Felipe Benítez Reyes, Miguel Ángel Aguilar, Benjamín Prado, Javier Rioyo and Nativel Preciado. Meanwhile, Guillermo Solana, the artistic director of the Thyssen Museum, reveals to us the characters, the influences, the archetypes and the clichés that inhabit the artist’s drawings.