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One of our most dark artists, Francesco Paolicchi is a young and very talented artist, whose amazing acrylic on canvas works act like a punch in the stomach.
Francesco Paolicchi was born in Viareggio in 1988 and currently lives and work in Camaiore. Heavily influenced by rock music since preadolescence, his youth consisted of David Bowie, Joy Division, Marilyn Manson and Lydia Lunch. With a fascination with the occult and surrealism, Francesco finds common ground with Kenneth Anger’s avant-garde cinematography, Roland Topor’s animation movies, David Lynch’s surreal and experimental short films and John Waters’ grotesque dark comedies.
With these cross-medium influences, Francesco started his painting career in 2009. In the beginning, his style encompassed fluorescent colours and fluid strokes with recognisable beings such as: Cyclops, aliens, astrological symbols and robots bringing Francesco closer to his own surrealist vision. Since 2013, Francesco’s style has morphed and is heavily influence by the occult and dark art; more human figures emerge in his paintings but are entranced in gothic scenes. Slender and contorted bodies are often depicted in watercolour but often left with unfinished limbs creating a sense of inner psychological discomfort in the viewer drawing similarities to the works of Egon Schiele and Marilyn Manson.
Francesco Paolicchi’s series of eight acrylic on canvas and acrylic on paper paintings, Emotional Regurgitations, bare a sense of heavy anguish and are full of inner conflict in his scenes of androgynous figures haunted by dripping demons baring sharp teeth and glowing orbs that approach from behind. The figures carry a sense of burden with forlorn faces, although, indistinct with gaping mouths and ghoulish eyes.