Just Married - The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino
Original sculpture: 71cm x 30cm x 24cm
Story:Stéphanie always took care of her stylish figure, but since she has been working as a waitress, she suffered horribly when succulent sandwiches, hamburgers, pizzas, fries, ice cream, chocolate mousse passed before her eyes..........dishes she could only look at to satisfy herself One day while working, she heard a strange sound, like a siren. At first she thought it was her new mobile phone and then she realized that the whistling came from her stomach and she felt like crying. At that precise moment a group of young people entered the restaurant. Among them a boy observed her attentively. It was love at first sight. The young man, dumbstruck, mouth wide open, looked into her eyes and drew a ridiculous smile. A little while after, Stéphanie couldn't believe what was happening to her, dressed in a wedding dress with an enormous bouquet of flowers in her hands and seated in a magnificent convertible next to Gilles, the love of her life, who in an impeccable tuxedo, had on his lips, the same ridiculous smile of that famous first day.
From the early 1980’s, Guillermo Forchino experiments with various materials to create works of art in volume. This research began at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Rosario, Argentina and then continued with three years of studies in art restoration and conservation at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. During his studies he discovered and mastered classic techniques and materials.
After completing his studies in Paris, he returned to Argentina where he directed the Juan B. Castagnino atelier of art restoration of the Museum of Beaux-Arts of Rosario. It was during this period that Forchino began creating figures made from wrapped bands of cloth where the visible parts of the body (head and hands) were made from wax and paper maché coloured with natural pigments.
At the end of the 1980’s, Forchino chose poly resins to create figures and scenes that resemble the world of comic strip and cartoon characters. They are typically unusual and humorous subjects such as a family leaving on vacation in an overloaded car with flat tires or a tired, old American pick-up truck from the 1950’s. He has used other modes of transportation such as boats, planes and motorcycles and has even used a bathtub for a military dictator. His characters are always handled with humour and finesse and given a soul.
Guillermo Forchino lives and works in Paris in his workshop two steps away from the Père Lachaise cemetery.