José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros
is a Mexican artist that specializes in putting famous Disney characters in unorthodox situations, at least for said characters.He tries to measure his viewers tolerance levels by showing beloved characters in dark, sometimes gritty and realistic situations, giving his works real shock value, and exploring the general theme of “loss of innocence”.
Starting his career in 1998 as a self-taught artist, José’s first solo show was in 2001, and since then he has been getting steady work. His formal education in art began in 2002, when he began attending various workshops, as well as starting his Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design at Itesus.
He loves being an artist, and in an interview for Gozamos.com, he stated: “The best thing is that I can be free in every sense and this allows me to communicate my ideas to many others. Art is my greatest motivation to enjoy life.”
One theme that he frequently explores is the adding of various pop-culture icons or characters into familiar scenes from Disney. This creates a sometimes-humorous, sometimes-disturbing effect, as the characters he places in said scenes are sometimes rather dark.
Its clear to see how the artist is, in a way, the sum of all the other artists that influence him, either in style or in thought. From visual artists, such as Andy Warhol and Banksy, to writers like the Marquis de Sade, Lewis Carroll and Anthony Burgess, it is not hard to see how these people influenced Ontiveros’ art. The mixing of fairytales and debauchery, all illustrated in a subversive manner, reminiscent of Banksy and Warhol.
We’ve mentioned earlier that José’s works assess our society’s tolerance. One really cool way he does it, we think, is by questioning beauty norms. We fell head-over-heals in love with the next image we are about to show you, which is a reinterpretation of the cute and helpful fairy from Peter Pan.
Everybody remembers Tinkerbell, with her short dress and her conventionally beautiful physique. Here she is reimagined as being more curvacious and also sporting a tattoo, but she is still undeniably beautiful.
Movies are an integral part of modern pop-culture. We love to see movies, we love to talk about movies, and we definitely love to think about blending movies together to create an entirely new one. The artist does this with Disney characters, drawing them into situations or narratives from movies like Kill Bill or Grindhouse.
Other times, Ontiveros just puts them into situations where they interact with other characters from cult classics, such as Edward Scissorhands and A Clockwork Orange.