Eugenio Merino has made a name for himself with his exquisitely crafted hyper-realistic sculptures that often undertake ambiguous and controversial standpoints on relevant topics in politics, religion and society. The artist's latest installation is inspired by a pioneer in pop-art — Andy Warhol. Titled 'Here Died Warhol' and exhibited at the UNIX Gallery in New York City, the piece from Eugenio Merino is a hyper-realistic sculpture of the renowned 20th-century artist.
The piece is intended to be a critique of the tourism industry and it showcases how creatives are dehumanized by it. In the spirit of his concept and inspiration, Eugenio Merino invites visitors to take selfies with the hyper-realistic sculpture. Thus, the artist indirectly incorporates the tourist within the artistic narrative of his work.