Gianluca Traina is an Italian artist that re-imagines the notion of portraiture by combining 2D and 3D elements in his portrait 360 series. He attended the art school of his hometown, where he graduated in 2002.
The project was the outcome of exploring the impact of fusing flat, static surfaces, such as paper with the familiar contours of the human body. This effect creates and articulates Traina’s idea of being without identity as he composes an unrecognizable face distorted through experimentation. His pieces are characterized by a deliberate mosaic-like skin, obscurely arranged to depict the photograph of a face contorting and curling around the form of a skull, confusing both gender and identity.
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In parallel with the studies, Gianluca begins to develop interests and projects, that would soon lead him to live an extraordinary popularity and rapid and intended career in the artistic world. His research is focused in painting and sculpture, overlapping unusual and contemporary materials such as PVC and paper, through which develops forms, signs and places taken from a personal memory and the suggestions from different cultures and historical periods typical of his Mediterranean identity.
360 series of portraits of people through the synthesis between image digital and craftsmanship will make him obtain a great success in 96 countries of the world.
In December 2012 he exhibited for the first time Portrait 360 ° in Miami during the Art Basel with ROBERT FONTAINE GALLERY. Since then he established a partnership with this American gallery that continues today and that allows him to be present, year after year, in the most important art fairs in America.
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