Matadero Madrid center for contemporary creation



The vision he wants to create is the interaction of Western knowledge and the knowledge of indigenous peoples, especially my ethnicity: Murui and Bora
The vision I want to create is the interaction of Western knowledge and the knowledge of indigenous peoples, especially my ethnicity: Murui and Bora, because my search is the balance between the two worlds, challenging the paradigm of the cultural barrier, because I am a spokesman for my people and through my art I create a new atmosphere for reflection, where everyday life and spirituality is reflected.

For several years my goal has been to capture various aesthetics of urban culture where it interacted with ancestral celebrations of the Murui and Bora people of the Peruvian Amazon.

Then I will represent the magnificent monumental and historical architecture of Spain with personalities from the artistic, social and political environment, with the mythological beings and rituals of the wise men who emanate from the portal of nature. Moreover, I shall visit various museums and art galleries to draw inspiration from some elements of classical nature with the Amazon.
On the other hand, I am going to express the resistance of the Murui and Bora people to the barbarism that was embodied in the times of rubber, thus showing the world that uncertainty and strength of the people sustained by the tree of production. I will use natural materials such as llanchamba (the bark of the Oje tree), which in the past was used as clothing and for household utensils. Today this is used as a painting medium, like a canvas, and is still part of history. Finally, I want to reflect on the arrival of the Amazon as a party for seeking fruit and to welcome the tree of abundance, so I will show my songs and dances to make them sing and dance and at the end give a presentation on what I learned in the residency.

About Brus Rubio

A member of the Murui and Bora peoples, Brus was born in the community of Pucaurquillo, in the Ampiyacu river basin, Loreto, in the Peruvian Amazon.
According to Brus, at the age of 13 he found to his surprise he was to take part in the Concurso Nacional de Dibujo y Pintura Campesina (National Contest of Peasant Drawing and Painting), organized by various institutions and the Radio La Voz de la Selva. At the same time, he became interested in the wisdom of his homeland and its traditions. In 2002, he met the anthropologist Jorge Gashé, who led a project aimed at rescuing and valuing his culture, focused above all on the knowledge of the elders and wise men of his people. During that time, he discovered his passion for painting as a form of expression of the mythology, history and culture of the Murui and he began painting on llanchama (tree bark) using natural dyes. Acting as promoter, Gashé organised the collective exhibition of indigenous painting "Nacimiento de un arte Huitoto - Bora" (Birth of a Huitoto-Bora art) (2005), held in the gallery of the Continental Bank of Iquitos. Later, thanks to the motivation of film-maker Renzo Zanelli, Brus built a house-studio on the banks of the Ampiyacu River (2009) and gave painting classes to the village children, with the aim of rescuing the community's traditional knowledge. He organised the First “Encuentro de cruzada de jóvenes tanto en la salud, identidad y revalorización de conocimientos de los saberes de curaciones”.(Young people's crusade for health, identity and revaluation of knowledge of the wisdom for curing). In 2010 he had an exhibition called La selva invisible (The Invisible Jungle) in the gallery of visual arts at the Ricardo Palma University. In 2011 the self-taught artist won second place in the XIV Concurso Nacional Pasaporte (15th National Passport Competition) in which an artist was sent to France, where he held an exhibition in an Edifor de Jean Briance gallery. In 2013 he took part in a Colectiva Mira, an international exhibition in Brazil. In 2015 Lima Art Museum decided to purchase two works for a permanent exhibition. In addition, he participated in the Pachamama of the forty-ninth Smithsonian Folk Traditions Festival at a group exhibition in Washington D.C. In 2016 he took part in an international ArtLima fair, represented by the Bufeo gallery. That same year he participated in the silent exhibition: las Nuevas Pieles de las Amazonas (the New Skins of the Amazons) organized by the Peruvian Embassy in Havana, organized by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of Cuba. Organized by Bufeo Amazonía + Arte. Carmen Montilla Gallery - Cuba. Throughout his career he has concentrated on the wisdom of his homeland and traditions, his work has consolidated him as one of the most important contemporary Amazonian indigenous artists of his generation. He is currently director of the Galería Selva Invisible (Invisible Jungle Gallery) as part of the Fugaz project at the Monumental Callao.

Organize: CRA, Matadero Madrid y AECID