Francesca Bifulco was born in Paestum, Southern Italy in 1986. She holds a BFA in Visual and Performing Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. In 2008, she started working in set design, special make-up effects and costume design. She started producing her first painting project “In The Crowd” in July 2011. Since January 2012 she lives and works in the United States, based in Los Angeles, California. She is represented by Jna Gallery, Los Angeles and Waas Gallery, Dallas.
Once I choose the subject, which up to this point has been some human element, I choose the color, I choose the brush, I sketch the subject a little bit and then I start painting intercrossing lines that form shapes.I use to take pictures of people around me. I am mostly interested in facial expression and body language.My work is figurative, but only by way of the subject. Beyond that, I don’t have much reverence for traditional form. My stroke is the essence of this. An eye will never be a realistic eye, a mouth will never be a real mouth, but two, three, four, ten strokes that cross in different directions. It is the idea of an eye or any other body shape.I call my style Extractionism not only because some of my works are extracted from others. But also because I try to pull stark geometric shape from my subjects with the brushstrokes that comprise them. The main subjects of my work are crowds. I have a bit of an obsession with people coming together and crossing paths, forming a single entity. They move as one, breathe as one, think as one. Together they become a beast. I try to convey this through my paintings; putting people face to face with the beast. This was the concept I started with. For a while, I strayed from the crowd, focusing on the individual. But recently, I find myself back in it because that’s what the crowd demands.
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