Le Playboy - The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino
Original sculpture: 74cm x 31cm x 24cm
Calolo Oviedo had always been a dandy. Je adored the company of young women with long legs and voluptuous shapes. The day he met Delma, he fell in love immediately, love at first sight. And when the ravishing Delma learned that Mister Oviedo owned many oil wells, she also fell madly in love. An afternoon of wild passion, Calolo was at the point of sinking his yacht. You should have seen him running, with little hops, from the bow to the stern, in his bathing trunks, with a bottle of champagne in the hand, chasing the woman of his heart What passion! Even if Calolo had to stand on a little bench to kiss his beloved and take bills to maintain his vigour, the fervour of his love was rising like his shares on the stock market. Up until the moment when he passed out and his doctor advised him to calm his love lust.
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.