Born in 1981 in Mexico City, Mexico, the world-renowned Mexican street artist, illustrator and graphic designer Edgar Flores, known as Saner, creates a distinctive vision of the world. Part of the Mexican graffiti art scene since 1990, which directed him to earn a degree in graphic design from the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Saner now works on different surfaces that include walls, canvases, paper and found objects, combining a strong social interpretation with a surreal mood and a veil of mystery.
His work is deeply influenced by Mexican and worldwide folklorist heritage and pop culture and has been exhibited in galleries worldwide, from Mexico City and New York to Berlin, London and Barcelona. His great admiration for artists such as Frida Khalo and Gonzales Camarena and the exposure to the Western pop art led him to freely wander between graffiti, graphic design, painting and drawing. Connecting illustration manners, expressionism, naïve art and surrealism with street art techniques, Saner succeeds in giving a characteristic urban look to all of his pieces.
Throughout his numerous international project, Saner has developed a new approach towards his street art, by integrating the local communities’ views and opinions into his public works. His surrealist murals, depicting animals and masked characters, poetically address themes and issues of urban and environmental development, hunger, violence and the eternal struggle for survival that characterise modern society.
Saner questions modern society encouraging the viewer towards a mindset of oneness, as opposed to otherness. Aiming to rediscover the respect for the natural world and all living beings, the artist explores how ancient people had a more sophisticated and natural relationship with their surroundings and with each other. In his drawings, the contrast of light-shadows and light-darkness reveals the eternal battle of man in his absurd struggle for survival.
Establishing paradoxical forms in his work, like tradition and innovation, violence and tenderness, simplicity and complexity, his images are pervaded with personal introspection. Saner uses everyday motifs to create mysterious beings with aesthetics of pre-Hispanic traditions, specifically through the use of Nahuale masks, which according to mythology have the power to transform humans into animals.
Just like Diego Rivera’s and David Alfaro Siqueiros’, Saner’s message is very political and depicts the struggle of a country that is slowly falling apart. His works encourage people to look at the past and learn from it and are a celebration of the history and culture he originates from.
Saner aims at changing people’s point of view, shaking the status quo, and democratising art. For Saner, art is not about luxury or pure aesthetics, rather it becomes an essential part of society. Saner opens the eyes of his spectators and shows them the crudeness and beauty of life.