Conrad Ruiz: The World's Largest Watercolor
At their normal scale, Conrad Ruiz's paintings are epic, dazzlingly detailed and savagely visceral. Laser-beaming minotaurs, nut-crushing wrestlers and Super Saiyan pop stars burn with adrenaline-drenched zeal and hyperbolic intensity inspired by “the pleasure and pain of the male orgasm.” Twenty years from now, the unshakable imprint of these images will linger in your brain, whether you like it or not.
In this video, Ruiz excitedly embarks on the painstaking painting of his– and possibly our entire planet’s– largest watercolor ever. I tracked down the San Francisco-themed “disasterpiece” this week in Fontana, where it was discretely strapped to the backside of a two-story home on a severely suburban cul de sac.