José Luis Sánchez Rull
b. 1964, Solothurn, Mexico
Lives and works in Mexico City
The work of José Luis Sánchez Rull blends classical references and historic figuration with contemporary culture, the macabre, sex, drugs and rock and roll. His influences ranges from poets such as William Blake and Charles Bukowski, to the comic strips in MAD Magazine and the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry. His work is both a direct and subversive exploration of the artist’s psyche, unfiltered in terms of visceral, gut-wrenching graphic expression.
Rull was born in 1964 to parents who were exiles of the Spanish Civil War. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Since 1999 he has been a professor at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving (ENPEG), La Esmeralda, where he teaches art history, painting, and drawing.