Studi di fisiognomica amorale

Studi di fisiognomica amorale (studies on amoral physiognomics). A series of paintings portraying more or less animal-like individuals, as a comment on the traditional connotations of zoomorphic characters in our imagery: humans with animal features have always been depicted as evil monsters, supernatural idols or instinct-driven primitives. The widespread tendency of considering hybrid iconography in moralized terms can even be observed in scientific theory: Cesare Lombroso (1835 – 1909), one of the best known experts of physiognomics, claimed to detect inclination to crime in human subjects with zoomorphic facial features.
I’d like to define a different concept of zoomorphism, beyond moral connotations: diversity as a normal, necessary and beautiful component of our biological and social landscape.

lichtena

Lichtena, 2015, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Courtesy Traffic Gallery, Bergamo.

veclam

Veclam, 2015, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Courtesy Traffic Gallery, Bergamo.

roden

Roden, 2014, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Courtesy Traffic Gallery, Bergamo.

nicoterkanzi

Nicoter Kanzi (inspired by Rosalba Carriera, ritratto del console Le Blond, 1727), 2013, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Private collection.

kelvin

Kelvin, 2013, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Courtesy Traffic Gallery, Bergamo.

prontinal

Prontinal, 2013, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Private collection.

050341_narhinel

Narhinel, 2010, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Courtesy Traffic Gallery, Bergamo.

070596_rakne

Rakne, 2012, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Private collection.

070595_twog

Twog, 2012, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Courtesy Traffic Gallery, Bergamo.

070594_advantan

Advantan, 2012, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Courtesy Galleria Marconi, Cupramarittima.

070601_daktarin

Daktarin, 2012, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Courtesy Galleria Marconi, Cupramarittima.

070606_mobic

Mobic, 2012, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Courtesy Traffic Galllery, Bergamo.

050354_sibelius

Sibelius, 2012, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Private collection.

serenase

Serenase, 2013, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Courtesy Traffic Gallery, Bergamo.

xanax

Xanax, 2013, acrylic on canvas, cm 20 x 20. Courtesy Traffic Gallery, Bergamo.

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