There is a nebulous factor that successful artists and Jorge Mañes Rubio have. This factor is a relentless, yet stylish, drive to accomplish something significant, to make a difference, to fulfill a vision—in a big way. It’s inexorable. Jorge recontextualizes the common and overlooked in our society and reveals it to us in a way that makes us know more about what we thought we already understood. And he does it with a warmth or humor that includes us—not excludes or demeans. There’s a compassionate, shared, embracing energy to his art. It draws us in, makes us more aware and more human.
Jorge Mañes Rubio graduated in Design Products from the Royal College of Art London in 2010, where he confirmed his indefatigable desire to travel beyond the usual scopes of design. In 2015 he was awarded the S&R Foundation Washington Award and in 2018 he became a TED Senior Fellow. He’s currently a member of the Advanced Concepts Team at the European Space Agency. Jorge’s work is regularly exhibited in galleries, museums and art centres worldwide such as National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul, Victoria & Albert Museum London, Royal Academy of Arts London, Design Museum London, Royal Museums Greenwich, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Manchester, National Museum of World Cultures NL, Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam, La Triennale di Milano, Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts Lausanne, The New York Times Art for Tomorrow Doha and Power Station of Art Shanghai.
“My practice is a constant pursuit for a deeper connection with different places and people, a waning presence that I try to emphasize through my work. Such presence comes and goes, but I can definitely feel it occasionally, whether I’m photographing looted churches in the south of Italy, traveling through abandoned cities in western China, dancing with Korean shamans or working with a dispossessed community in India. I want to reinvent the symbolic rituals, artifacts and images that humanity needs to connect on a deeper level. I want to make the invisible visible”