Roberta Marrero (born 2 March 1972) is a Spanish artist, singer, and actress.
|Born||2 March 1972|
Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
|Occupation||Artist, singer, actress|
In her works as an illustrator, Roberta Marrero mixes and decontextualizes popular images, giving rise to new meanings, and using the technique of artistic appropriation. For example, in her first published book, Dictadores (2015), she transforms several photographs of icons of totalitarianism with images related to the pop world. She thus shows Mao Zedong surrounded by characters whose faces have been covered by Hello Kitty heads, and presents a portrait of Francisco Franco made up with a lightning bolt on his face, in the style of David Bowie on the cover of Aladdin Sane. With this publication, the artist stated that her intention was to "Vandalize a fascist message and turn it into another one of freedom."
In her 2016 book El bebé verde: infancia, transexualidad y héroes del pop, a graphic novel with a prologue by the writer Virginie Despentes, Marrero collects memories of her childhood and her transsexuality, explaining how the worldview of various artists from pop music, literature, and cinema inspired her, especially Boy George. The main themes in her work are power, death, fame, love, and politics.
In addition to exhibiting in Spanish galleries such as "La Fiambrera" in Madrid, some of her works have been included in exhibitions such as David Bowie Is, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and Piaf, at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Joe Dallesandro, model, actor and star of Andy Warhol's The Factory, chose one of her illustrations for limited edition t-shirts. Precisely, the author points to Warhol as her main influence. In addition, she samples from the Fauvist movement, expressionism, surrealism, Catholic religious painting, classical Hollywood, and punk.
In 2016 Marrero denounced British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood on social media, claiming that one of her works had been plagiarized on a shirt sold through Westwood's website. The designer and her husband Andreas Kronthaler responded that the image had been copied without knowledge that it was a work by a contemporary artist.
- Dictadores (2015), Ediciones Hidroavión, ISBN 9788494414312
- El bebé verde: infancia, transexualidad y héroes del pop (2016), Lunwerg Editores, ISBN 9788416489930
- We Can Be Heroes. Una celebración de la cultura LGTBQ+ (2018), Lunwerg Editores, ISBN 9788416890743
- A la vanguardia del peligro (2005)
- Claroscuro (2007)
- Cervera, Rafa (12 June 2015). "El dictador como fetiche pop" [The Dictator as Pop Fetish]. El País (in Spanish). Valencia. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- Martínez, Jaime (25 July 2016). "Roberta Marrero: 'No soy una artista pop'" [Roberta Marrero: 'I am Not a Pop Artist']. Vein (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- "Bowie Cinema". David Bowie Is. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
- García, Mariángeles (31 May 2016). "Roberta Marrero: 'Warhol es la madre del punk'" [Roberta Marrero: 'Warhol is the Mother of Punk']. Yorokobu (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 May 2019.
- Sisí Sánchez, Alberto (26 October 2016). "Vivienne Westwood copia un 'collage' de la artista española Roberta Marrero" [Vivienne Westwood Copies a 'Collage' from the Spanish Artist Roberta Marrero]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- Cervera, Rafa (25 December 2016). "Roberta Marrero y el bebé que adoraría Tim Burton" [Roberta Marrero and the Baby Who Would Love Tim Burton]. Valencia Plaza (in Spanish). Valencia. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- Legido, Rosi (29 November 2007). "Entrevista a Roberta Marrero, cantante y actriz" [Interview with Roberta Marrero, Singer and Actress]. Universo Gay (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 May 2019.