Based in: Italy
Francesca Borgo (b 1970) is an Italian abstract painter whose work revolves around ethereality, texture, atmosphere, and a contemporary investigation of the abstract landscape. Her multivalent studio practice incorporates a range of different aesthetic positions and methods. Her textured paintings are painstakingly built layer by layer, as Borgo rubs in paints, gesso and resins mixed with sand. Within the layers, a variety of finishes, from radiantly shiny to matte, create a vigorous interplay between shadow and light. In her more ethereal paintings, soft layers of acrylics stain the canvas, pulling the eye into cloudy, otherworldly depths. Her abstract landscapes feature distinctive horizon lines, going beyond notions of reality, examining less concrete notions of what is being represented in the liminal space where worlds come together. Borgo also experiments with new media, blending traditional drawing with computer manipulation to create unique digital prints. Her works have been exhibited extensively throughout Italy, as well as in Spain and the UK, and are represented in private collections in the USA, Europe, and Asia.
2020 - START Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery - London, UK
2020 - Art Marbella - Malaga, Spain
2019 Oct - THE OTHER ART FAIR - London, UK
2019 Jul - THE OTHER ART FAIR - London, UK
2019 Mar - THE OTHER ART FAIR - London, UK
2018 - Art Shopping Paris, 21st ed. at Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
2018 - Art Innsbruck, 22nd ed., Innsbruck, Austria
2017 - Art Shopping Paris, 20th ed. at Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
2018 - 1st Biennale d'arte contemporanea della Brianza (at Monastero del Lavello, Lecco, Italy).
Francesca Borgo In The Studio
Identity, change, and gracefulness are at the core of my personal search and dialogue with the viewer.
More About Francesca Borgo
What inspires you?
Daily outdoor walks are my main source of inspiration: I find balance and freedom in retracing my steps, enjoying the lights, diving into the smallest details of the scene. Also, when I touch the bark of old trees I feel connected to earth and my perception of time expands, allowing calm feelings and a sense of perspective.
Describe your creative process.
I love to add textural effects, using acrylic colours, gesso, binders mixed to sand. I like to use both dense and diluted colours – preferably earthy natural tones – to shape nuanced effects, while with metallic pigments I create light reflections. This allows me to bring depth and tension to the painting, generating contrasts – smooth-grainy, fine-coarse, matte-shiny – that I try to combine into a global feeling of gracefulness and balance. This is my way to invite the viewer to embrace visual, tactile and temporal dimensions into their experience, to ‘play’ with the painting and, perhaps, to imagine what is not even there.
What are 3 words that best describe your work?
Ethereal, Textured, Merging
Who are some artists that have influenced your work?
I deem my works are mainly influenced by modern and contemporary artists. In particular I’m drawn by abstract expressionists such as M. Rothko, J. Pollock; neo-expressionists like A. Kiefer; abstract artists such as Zao Wou-Ki. I love the works of masters such as J.M.W. Turner and C. Monet.
What is the most important tool when creating your work?
Sand, metallic pigments, acrylic colors, water spray, my hands, old brushes and music!
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
Have the courage to be true to yourself
Where do you go for inspiration?
I often walk in the woods and in the mountains close to where I live. I also love to look at all forms of water: rivers, little streams, the sea, or the laguna in Venice. All hours of the day are good, but the early morning is the one I prefer the most.
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