laovejabala is a project by Enrique Martín and Raúl San Cristóbal that, in 2013 and motivated by our artistic concerns (Enrique, graphic design, Raúl interior design and plastic arts), we started this adventure. Coming from La Rioja, one of the best wine regions in the world, we started using aging barrels as support for our works. Deeply linked to our land and with its characteristic and peculiar shape, the barrel is a special surface on which to materialise our designs. In our first collection, FILM BARRELS (2013-¿?), we unite two worlds as rooted to the occidental culture as film and wine. It has been so far our most traveling and media. Presented to the public for first time at Bodega Contador, this collection has been present in Bodega Viña Real de CVNE, at the International Film Festival of San Sebastián or the Seminci de Valladolid in Spain. In Italy it has been able to visit at Tenuta del Buonamico (Lucca, Tuscany) and Marriot Renaissance Hotel Mediterraneo on the occasion of Wine & TheCity 2016 in Naples).
In HEROES (2016) , we decided to take our ideas to another surface, inspired by american comic superheroes and combining different materials like steel, concrete, stone, wood and LED lighting with the painting itself. Also traveler, it was presented at Tenuta del Buonamico (Lucca, Italy) on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Lucca Comics & Games (2016). With our latest work, DECONSTRUCCIÓN (2017), we return to the rounded forms of the barrel, in this case separating their staves and reassembling them into a curved canvas, creating a total of eleven works inspired by famous artists of the music world, in an interesting exercise of combination of techniques such as collage, image transfer and painting. Inaugurated in 2017 at Tenuta del Buonamico, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Lucca Summer Festival. Always in constant creative evolution, we study the appropriate combination between support and technique, creating original and different works in each case.