Formica’s works are refined, complex and desecrating.
shapes, slightly sketched, with huge eyes appear transparent due to
the brightness of their bodies, unreal presences proceeding from a
parallel world, supported by complex and metallic structures, which
remind of atmospheres borrowed from science fiction.
artist employs several materials, he works wood with different
tempera colors, natural pastes and earth tones, draws with pastels
and gathers objects and mechanical pieces.
constituent structures seem to come from the workshop of an
alchemist, who skillfully shapes the elements in order to reveal
finally an alien world.
works are disturbing and stimulating at the same time, critical of
the contemporary society through their strange way of assimilating
man and machinery, through the harmony of an evolutionary process
perceived as a threatening and dark destiny.
is precisely the intimate poetry which Mario Formica’s work
remains faithful to. The artist, being the leading actor of his own
paintings, satisfies the urgent intention to succeed in expressing
the will of sensitization through these works. He employs recycled
materials with a vigor suggested by the artistic desire of creating
something of his own, in order to go beyond the restricted borders
of his native region and then fly away from the nest without regrets.
The work transmits his environmentalist nature which contributes to
create concrete messages thanks to an orographic and aesthetic
mental journey, with the full awareness that, only by taking part in
the improvement and widening of one’s own language, art can
acquire a universal and totalizing idiom and participation. And that
is precisely what artists around us, mainly responsible, ought to.
technological waste emerges lost fragments of shipwrecks of long
ago, small figures on gold bases and ghosts of the oniric Middle
Ages recalled to mind and proposed in a very personal re-elaborated
plurimaterial structures are inhabited by androgynous
transparent characters, strange figures plunged into timeless
atmospheres, in a suspended space. These asexual inhabitants who
sometimes have traits of infantile physiognomy, and at other times
not even the slightest hint, live in intervening spaces of reality
where they seem to look upon us with the detachment of a Byzantine
the evocative contrast between electronic material and the populated
tables of slender ghosts, from the two contrasting elements of
aesthetic and matter, is born the suspended expressive equilibrium
out of time, the arcane fascination and entailment of these
sculptures.” (P. Salvetti – Art Critic)
Formica, graduated in Scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts of
Urbino, put on shows such as “Cats”, “The Phantom of the
Opera”, and so on.
a scenographer, he put on also several paintings and photos
2004 he began to produce works using technological waste,
maintaining, at the same time, his love and study for the Italian
Art of the XIV and XV centuries, and entitled this production:
DIFFERENTIATED DRY WASTE.
exhibiting his works in Cattolica, Rimini and Riccione, he reached
the Françoise Calcagno Art Studio in Venice and, afterwards,
the Burgassi Art Gallery in Florence.
2007 he made exhibitions in Florence, Sansepolcro, Genoa and
2008 he made an exhibition in Rome, in the Bramante rooms.
works have been purchased by the M.J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery of San
Diego and five pictures for “ Alice in Wonderland” are at the
Katri Johansson Gallery of Malmo.
2007, beside DIFFERENTIATED DRY WASTE, he exhibited a new production
in Rimini: “THE TAROTS”, the 22 Major Arcana, considered in a
surreal and ironical context.