Born in Toledo in 1960, Eladio de Mora, dEmo, is one of the most original artists on the Spanish art scene today. He is a multidisciplinary creator who has primarily focused on sculpture, which he conceives above all for display in public places. dEmo has shown his work in more than 50 solo exhibitions and has placed large installations in public places in Spain and abroad. Moreover, he has taken part in more than one hundred group exhibitions. In recent years, his work has virtually become a constant on the outsides of Spanish and international museums and he has received countless awards.
dEmo manages to discover double meanings in everyday objects and transform them into veritable icons that invite the viewer to play. This iconizaton of the domestic, together with his use of vibrant colours are the main distinguishing features of his work. Bears, ducks, divers, clowns, dancers, flowers, rhinos, cats and robots that can take on colossal dimensions all form part of the urban landscape as imagined by dEmo.
dEmo has shown his work at many museums including the IVAM (Valencia, Spain), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Austria, the Fine Arts Museum of Havana (Cuba) and the Macay Museum of Contemporary Art of the Yucatan (Mexico), among others. His works have also been presented at important biennials, fairs and cultural events, including the Venice Biennale, ARCOMadrid, the Night in White in Madrid, the Hot Art Fair in Basel (Switzerland), the Contemporary Art Fair of Mexico and Arte Lisboa. Spaces such as the Hotel Westin Palace Madrid, the IFEMA fairgrounds and the Hotel Banke and Hotel Lotti in Paris all boast pieces by this artist.
dEmo has created a white donkey with pure, simple lines, a delicate look similar to a beautiful porcelain piece, as a tribute to this animal and to everything that it represents: determination, strength, resistance, tenacity… Since ancient times, the donkey has been used as a beast of burden in the service of human beings.
As the artist himself states, in his sculptures he tries to “seduce the viewers with humour, without losing sight of the fact that the sculpture is not an object, but rather an unresolved mystery and a driving force for thought”.
Thanks to the philosophy of this sculpture, which is shared by the Biennial, this piece has been chosen by the organisers as the symbol of the event. Hence, the ideal place for its installation is the Biennial Information Centre, which is located in the heart of Escaldes-Engordany.
The sculptor dEmo, who is known for his colourful works with an unmistakeable pop aesthetic that he has shown in public places and museums around the world, has created a two-metre-tall sculpture made of fibreglass and resins, depicting a Golden Rooster.
The rooster has traditionally been a symbol of value and of resistance in the face of adversity. Since ancient times, it has represented the exaltation of courage, pride and nobility, and in the difficult times of today, the rooster continues to embody those values, which are further enhanced by the golden image offered by dEmo in this piece.
At Carrer Major, the main street in Ordino. This is a pedestrian area in the heart of the old quarters of the Parish.