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Francesca Bifulco is a painter 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 produced 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.
Academy of Fine Arts – Set design, Rome, Italy
Bachelor of Visual and Performing Arts
2009 – 2011
Make Up Carboni Studio – Special make up effects, Rome, Italy
2006 – 2007
Academy of Costume and Fashion Design, Rome, Italy
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.
IN THE CROWD
In The Crowd, is crowded with people. A lot of different lives put together in stand-by as a single mass. It is a sort of obsession, a passion, an attraction towards such intrinsic human blocks. I am deeply interested in all of those feelings that are enlivening body and soul of the crowd: assault, delirium, waiting, compactness, melting pot and the ungovernable. The crowd takes possession and control of the painting space, until choking space itself. It is horror vacui, probably. The crowd moves, acts and unites as of under the control of an abstract leadership. The crowd is self-controlled breeding and bringing into being an inner equilibrium. The crowd is composed by several people that are moving all together, everybody following the same rhytm, becoming one mass individual, emitting a single sound-noise. The project In The Crowd, produces it’s first painting in 2009 but it is in the Summer of 2011 that the project is resumed and developed.