SANER – PRIMITIVO

Edgar Flores, aka Saner (*1981), grew up in Mexico City, where he still resides. He started in the late 90´s doing graffiti under the name Spic, but changed it to Saner because of his interest in the relation between the notions of „sane“ and „crazy“. Since 2004 Saner has a degree in graphic design from Universidad Autónoma de México.

Saner’s works are informed by Mexican folklore and customs, incorporating symbolic and iconographic elements from the traditions of his country and he follows a long tradition of social and political muralism in Mexico.
Some of his characters wear ancient indigenous Nahuale masks, (Nahuales are demons that animals made a pact with so they could look like normal people in the day and transform into animals at night to cause calamity).
Although the imagery is Mexican in origin, Saner believes that the idea of the primitive and conceal behind masks, whether out of discomfort or malice, is universal.

“It’s called ‘Primitivo’ because in this ‘sophisticated’ world we live in, we believe that we’re people who have achieved so much,, we behave a lot like primitive people. If we look at a number of situations around the world, it seems that we’re more primitive than ever. We have no problem flattening other people in our own pursuit of what we want.” (Saner)

His works have a sad topicality since during the preparation of his exhibition the tragic and devious incident of Ayotzinapa took place.

SANER – PRIMITIVO

Jonathan Levine Gallery. 529 West 20th Street, 9th floor.New York, NY 10011
Till February 7th. Tuesday – Saturday, 11-18 h