The Cook - The Comic Art of Guillermo Forchino
Size: 19cm x 18cm x 41cm
Story:''A Milanese Napolitaine, one, for table five!'' yelled the waiter in the direction of the kitchen where the famous chef, Rodolfo Monti, was tasting his world famous recipe known as ''Spaghetti Putanesca with stinging nettle sauce''. ''Mmmh questo e eccellente, straordinario, splendido, incomparabile !'' the chef exclaimed in ecstasy as a long strand of ''spaghetti al dente'' disappeared noisily, swallowed up in his mouth. ''Two lasagnas a la bolognaise, two, for the seven!'' shouted again the head waiter with a new order. ''Wait un po, I'm not una machina!'' steamed the ''maestro'' while he tasted his sixth spaghetti dripping with sauce. ''Humm, it's ''incommensurabile'', exquisite, exceptional, ''favolosi''! the chef couldn't stop from repeating himself with his mouth full, while dunking a hunk of bread in the sublime sauce and wiping his mustache with his sleeve.
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.