Francis Viscuso, born in Catania in November of 1980, lives and works in Rome. Graduated Art Institute of Catania and graduated in Art Criticism at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with a thesis entitled “Joseph Cornell: journal of the ephemeral”, has been pursuing for years, his artistic research , began by painting, ranging from the field of ready-made to the installation (including sound) and video. However, photography is his main means of expression. The main themes of his work are Time, Memory and Trauma and the drama in his work mixes social criticism in a study that explores the question increasingly inward looking in its relationship with the being-there. The photograph – and more generally the image itself – is not for him the possibility of contact with an alleged external reality, but rather “the light of the mind, terribly upset.”
While admiring the work of photographers like Jan Saudek, Miroslav Tichý, Masao Yamamoto, Nan Goldin, Roger Ballen, Robert & Shana Parkeharrison, is painting (by Hieronymus Bosch and Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio by up to Dino Valls) its main source stimulus, along with the atmosphere evoked by the work of Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp. Other important stimuli are of great thinkers: Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, by poets Paul Celan, Rainer Maria Rilke, Étienne Stéphane Mallarmé, Arthur Rimbaud, Trakl, Edoardo Sanguineti, from cinema: Peter Greenaway, Lars von Trier, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky.