My First Love - The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino
Original size: 48cm x 28cm x 22cm
Story:When I saw its sensual curves, I immediately fell in love. The elegant air and incomparable way of moving made me lose by mind. It was love at first sight. This small beauty is and will always be my favorite car. The only problem is that when the whole family goes shopping we are a little cramped when we come home. The other day, coming back from grocery shopping, I had to ask the neighbor to help my wife getting out of the car because she was stuck between the cans of tomatoes and the washing powder. And don't forget the mouth to mouth method we had to give my son and to his sister as well, who had a jar of whipped cream on her head, we had to handle the spatula with care to lose as little as possible. Me, I didn't have any trouble, without really noticing I had sat on a stick of butter and just slipped out of the car with no problem.
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.