With a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Fine Arts in Seville, Socatoba’s work, specialized in painting, drawing, and photography, is reflected on years of successful exhibitions and dialogue, presenting/confronting her works along artists such as Pilar Albaracin Anna Soler.. .
Sonia Carballo (1979, Badajoz, Spain), whose artist name is SOCATOBA, lives and works in Barcelona. She’s the putative daughter of Spanish modernism and ‘daughet’ of Francisco de Goya, in her intimate manner of exposing how humans discover and acknowledge and discover its own atrocities. Atrocities that she bears in her own body, a canvas and witness to suffering and history. In Socatoba’s work beauty and pain dance an ascending copulative waltz. The ascension towards an esthetic and linguistic objective: showing the deep human condition in a universal and timeless manner.
Nothing universal can be always full of beauty, on the contrary. In her work, Socatoba doesn’t wish to separate ugliness from beauty, pleasure from suffering. She obsesses, she makes an ongoing tribute to the forgotten and the excluded by the ultra-industrialized society where ‘the civilized’ compulsively lies about themselves. Socatoba doesn’t lie, Socatoba doesn’t hide; she’s an artist who points a finger through beautiful and balanced drawings; beautiful, yet full of tension and contradiction, on issuessuch as prostitution, violence against children, mental or physical illness, etc. These characters become true ‘saints’ of our civilization, martyrs of our hypocrisy: martyrs of our chronic disinterest.
Is she pessimistic, is she a symbolist? We’d rather consider her oeuvre in terms of baroque and cheerful ‘dramatism’. Socatoba’s not an artist of a surrealist pop-trend, perhaps haunted by visions of a desolate world. She sometimes feels for absurdity with such intensity that it transforms into a combination of visceral honesty and pure anger. A sense of wonder within her, however, remains intact, even when she cripples her characters, and shows them diseased or malformed. In the process of destroying, she yearns for a cure.
Socatoba’s deserves attention though her colorist and deeply existentialist discourse. She’s one of few artists working with the weapons of expressionism and real issues. She brings us news of a real world that we deserve, not with a Judeo-Christian sense of guilt, but embracing, without taboos and prejudices, portraits of a great family we call Humans.
"There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark."
Delphine Delas, artist & art historian