The Businessman - The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino
Size: 21cm x 21cm x 43cm
The story behind the sculpture:
Chris was a happy man, without the least doubt, a winner. ''Fortune smiles at the courageous'' he had the habit of saying. His schedule was always overbooked. When he wasn't on a business trip he was at his office giving orders, talking on the mobile phone, sending messages and emails or buying and selling shares. A hyperactive. When he traveled by plane, it was always in business class and taking advantage of his VIP status. He wore only custom-made Italian shoes, English tailored suits and best quality shirts. He slept but 4 hours a night, dreaming of financial markets and stock options. He saw himself as future president of the company, until one day, a huge wave of stress and a terrible nervous breakdown led him to re-think his life. He bought a mountain cabin, a hammock for two and from time to time went butterfly hunting. Chris is really a happy guy.
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.