Furio Torracchi trained as a painter but has now also taken up photography. He deeply questions both categories and keeps exploring the possibilities of both mediums. Hybridity is a characteristic of his artistic labour informed by academic instruction. The artist’s formal subversion is found in the way he poses contemporary questions as to the lack of purity in the fields of art. Torracchi’s paintings are informed by a wealth of visual elements from popular culture. In his landscape or his urban scenes, the faceless characters are reminiscent of cartoons and advertisements that the artist has reworked and reinvented. The paintings retain a simplification without ever succumbing to established clichés, and also exude a subtle Latin temperament in humour and attitude. His work aims to portray the sense of isolation of the human condition within the anonymity of modern life. One of his paintings is a collage where a human form appears to jump out of the Cartesian limits of the canvas’ flatness, daring to question the work of art’s support and its limits. This metaphoric jump represents the artist’s emancipation from just making paintings.
..from Claudio Mello critic