Whoever knows me well, knows that there are few things I love more than science fiction and fantasy. I’ve been a hobby artist and writer for about as long as I can remember and my favourite themes were almost invariably futurism, space, or rather mythical fantasy. Somehow, for me, my passion for Latin-American culture has been kindof a separate thing from all this. But imagine how mindblowing it would be to bring these worlds together…
That is exactly what Raúl Cruz Figueroa, a.k.a. RACRUFI, does. I found out about him when preparing for my 3ball post, featured by one of his works. More than time to give this amazing visual artist from Mexico City the full credits he deserves!
“Partly cyberpunk, partly epic-fantasty and always inspired by Mexico’s prehispanic culture and aesthetics,” that would be a most appropriate description of his style. Many of his breathtaking works, strongly reminiscent of the amazing art adorning my all-time favourite cardgame Magic the Gathering, depict a fascinating, post-apocalyptic world inhabited by mechanical and ‘cyborganic’ descendants of a resurrected prehispanic empire.
As a kid, Raúl developed an early passion for both art and science fiction which has stayed with him ever since. He has always wanted to develope a sci-fi/fantasy style that is distinctly Mexican. His wildly creative and innovative works have featured in many important international fantasy magazines and blogs. As a freelancer, the lack of a full-blown sci-fi or fantasy industry in Mexico has been a struggle sometimes. Yet, over the years, he has built an impressive personal portfolio, culminating in a book that came out last year.
Generation Bass made this mouthwatering selection:
‘Recuperación arqueológica’ (2008)
‘Esperando la batalla’ (2005)
‘Neo maya’ (2009)
‘Rey maya’ (2010)
‘La última jugada’ (2008)
‘Guardián del Sol’ (2005)