Artist Tomaso Albertini was born in Milan, Italy (1984) where he attended the La Scuola del
His first professional work of large format paintings concentrated on a serious investigation of color. Here he broke free from the confines of illustration, the subject emphasized in his academic
After this initial period, there was a big change. Albertini began to experiment with new materials. He wanted the work to be more physical - more direct. He introduced the use of burned, melted plastic into the paintings. He has described the process as a defacement of the figure in an effort to dig into the life of the human form. One senses the physical presence of form conveyed by a willful act of transference.
Albertini than started to create three-dimensional art using cardboard. It allowed him to accomplish the figure as if it were a sculpture and paint on it as if it were a canvas. This technique introduced dynamics approaching sculpture. It is, in fact, a hybrid manifestation.
When I was 13 years old I became aware of graffiti. It had become popular in Italy.
I was fascinated by the writings, the use of color, and the movement that was behind it all. Then too, I had a passion for comics and, more specifically, for the figure of the hero. I looked up to great illustrators such as Sergio Toppi.
The deformation and strength in the work of Francis Bacon totally fascinated me. But, I think my daily inspirations came from cinema and the comic world.
In my cardboard art pieces I see similarities with the Futurist artists such as Balla and Boccioni. I say this because of the fragmentation of specular imaging and for the use of color. My figures, however, are static like a photo instead of moving.
My use of cardboard as a medium is a social metaphor. Cardboard is used as a packaging tool for consumer products. It becomes the skin of my figures which in itself enclose the complexities and contradictions of the human heart.
I think that art today has an important role. It deals, not only with the artist himself, but addresses social and cultural issues. The art can and must change the world.?