Ruben Pang

Ruben Pang

Not all artists are tortured, even when the art they produce seems to express a dark and ethereal sensibility. For 26-year-old Ruben Pang, who has had several sell-out solo exhibitions, hyper-self-consciousness is a crutch. “We’re all very well-trained in being critical and I think that’s necessary for developing ourselves, but we also start seeing very little value in just observing without judgement,” he shares. To soothe the anxiety he sometimes battles with, he turns to memories of his friend’s cat, whose presence helped calm his emotions when he was doing an art residency in Australia. His next project will take him to the Museo di Santa Giulia in Brescia, Italy later this year, where he will do a futuristic triptych for an exhibition that is part of a series that brings contemporary art to various historical or archaeological sites such as castles and churches.

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