We all move in our own zeitgeists. In Ramon Zulueta's solo exhibition "The Weekend Starts Here," he takes us to his own recollection and interpretations of a subculture: a parade of memories and dreams of the Mod scene. Zulueta's watercolors, drawings, and oil paintings are the product of the Mod Revolution. Short for Modernist, Mod is a global style movement that began with the youths of Britain in the late 1950s. It came to be defined by self-belief, an independence from their stiff upper-lipped elders expressed in an iconic and timeless look of smart haircuts, slim-fitted suits, and even smarter casual wear. To this day, dedicated followers of fashion, in the spirit of the Kinks’ song, still surround themselves with the 60s inspired sleek design, ride customized Italian scooters, and dance to soulful energetic pop tunes -- symphonies for the little kiddies.

A fine-suited fellow on a Lambretta, a fashion model in a space age chair, Ziggy Stardust's jumpsuit, Paul Weller's guitar, Mondrian's grid -- these are just some of the images Zulueta puts on paper or canvas. His selections are precise in their associations and origins. Like a curator of cultural objects, Zulueta carefully sifts through memories and a studio full of photographs and objects, slowly composing, carefully constructing paintings or drawings into frenetic and packed collage-like pictures of the Mod life.

If you examine Zulueta's "Flyer No 7: Faith and Glory", you'll see how the man on the Lambretta scooter is the quintessential ideal Mod, an Ace Face, proudly sporting the perfectly cut suit, exceptionally decked out on a powerful steed of Italian design. And he’s off to the pulse of the young, breaking away from prim and proper values and fuddy aesthetic, the imagery of Ramon Zulueta flickering and coming into focus.

“The Weekend Starts Here” presents complementary pieces for the stylist, the record collector, and the discerning pop culture enthusiast. These pictures, bursting with a rock-and-roll connoisseur’s knowledge, both the thrill of music and the attitude of its subcultures, are not your mother’s paintings.

RULES ARE FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T THINK

Ramon Zulueta

OIL ON CANVAS

25” X 36” | 2017

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MY BUSINESS PARTNER KILLED ME WITH A ROCK

Ramon Zulueta

OIL ON CANVAS

24” X 36” | 2018

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SPECTACULAR SUPER-SIZED EDITION A1

Ramon Zulueta

OIL ON CANVAS

8” X 12” | 2017

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SPECTACULAR SUPER-SIZED EDITION A2

Ramon Zulueta

OIL ON CANVAS

8” X 12” | 2017

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SPECTACULAR SUPER-SIZED EDITION A3

Ramon Zulueta

OIL ON CANVAS

8” X 12” | 2017

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SPECTACULAR SUPER-SIZED EDITION B2

Ramon Zulueta

OIL ON CANVAS

8” X 12” | 2017

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FABRIC I

Ramon Zulueta

OIL ON CANVAS

24” X 20” | 2019

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FABRIC I

Ramon Zulueta

OIL ON CANVAS

24” X 20” | 2019

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FABRIC II

Ramon Zulueta

OIL ON CANVAS

24” X 20” | 2019

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FABRIC III

Ramon Zulueta

OIL ON CANVAS

24” X 20” | 2019

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FLYER NO. 2 INCH WIDE

Ramon Zulueta

PENCIL, WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

12” X 36” | 2015

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FLYER NO. 7 FAITH AND GLORY

Ramon Zulueta

PENCIL, WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

30” X 40” | 2015

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FLYER NO. 8 FISHNET

Ramon Zulueta

PENCIL, WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

21” X 51” | 2015

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LIVE 1 (VERB) 1. REMAIN ALIVE

Ramon Zulueta

MIXED MEDIA

18” X 12” | 2016

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A TEENAGE BLUE

Ramon Zulueta

MIXED MEDIA

19” X 12” | 2016

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TRUE MENTHOL

Ramon Zulueta

PENCIL, WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

40” X 28” | 2015

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HOW LONG DOES A MACHINE HAVE TO LIVE?

Ramon Zulueta

PENCIL, WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

40” X 28” | 2019

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SPOT ON

Ramon Zulueta

WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

50” X 37” | 2019

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For the last decade, Ramon Zulueta has been working surrounded by tropical trees and urban sprawl. His visual style is heavily inspired by a life-long love affair with Mod, a style movement that started with American jazz and European fashion in the Fifties and evolved into a counterculture that influences art, fashion, and music to this day.

His paintings, drawings, collages, and installations are deeply rooted in the Mod movement’s history and rules of style. Each piece pursues the Mod idea of cool and mines its history for icons and mementos: European design, pop cinema, decked-out Vespas, bum freezer jackets, power chords, soul music, and Paul Weller.

Raz uses a collage approach to painting, easily mixing together a jumble of images with the use of pencil, water color, and pastels into complex pictures. Often surrounded by blaring music, toys, plastic detritus, cigarette butts, and photographs, the results of his imagination are always imbued by a unique energy , taking the guise of album covers, instagram posts, rock-n-roll fliers, and scenes from unknown movies.

Ramon Zulueta’s pictures can easily find their place in the collection of the art lover who has an affinity for popular culture, an ear for rock and roll, or simply a love for a picture that never rests.

© THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE: THE ART OF RAZ ZULUETA

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

VINTANA.PH 2020