Julian Trigo is an Argentinian Postwar & Contemporary painter who was born in 1965.
Julian Trigo’s painting has a unique power to thrust us back into childhood, summoning physical memories of self-discovery. His distortion of children’s bodies, swiveling the lower half of a torso from back to front, inflating a foot, bending limbs like rubber tubing, has a profoundly phenomenological effect. Picasso-like, Trigo paints the human body from the inside out. We experience the unlikely postures and gestures of his subjects from within our own physical imagination. His manipulation of anatomy is highly knowing, and yet the effects are carried out with harmony and playfulness. The subject of his characters’ activities is enigmatic, recalling the secret games, private rituals, and dreamy reveries of backyards and nurseries. The scenes developed in his canvases are acted out according to the logic of playing doctor, in naive self-examination, sometimes approaching auto-molestation. Julian Trigo’s painterly investigation of the secret and solitary cults of childplay provides a stirring model for the activity of the painter at the end of the 20th century. He has deprived his child-figures of their toys, isolating them with their own bodies and psychology, and forcing their eyes open.