Francis Offman is among the latest artists to enter the RETROFUTURE section, the collection of works by young Italian artists which grows organically with time.
Francis Offman’s works are abstract representations that incorporate the history of his identity and his past connected with Africa, more specifically with Rwanda. His compositions, which are not placed on stretchers, take form in a free dialogue through various materials, all donated or discovered in the artist’s everyday life.
The piece Untitled stands out for the organic wholeness of the painter’s gesture as it moves in an almost square format, with the aim of creating an uneven landscape. Full of cuts and holes, the surface prompts our gaze to see the political overtones related to memory. The use of coffee grounds and Bolognese plaster, a choice which evoke a dual sense of belonging and origin, suggests overlapping identities that continue to co-exist in the artist’s experience.
FRANCIS OFFMAN (Butare, Rw, 1987) lives and works in Bologna. His works are currently on view in the exhibitions Cross Collection, Collezioni a confronto, Raccolta Lercaro, Bologna (2022); Espressioni. L’Epilogo, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli (2022); Le 3 ecologie, MACTE, Termoli (2022). His most recent solo exhibitions include: Herald St | Museum St, London (2021); You might know, Museo MAGA, Gallarate (2021).
Among the most recent group shows he has participated in: Gettare il Sasso e Nascondere la Mano, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Parigi, (2022); Les Filons Géologiques: Transafrique, BHMF & BHMB, Palazzo d’Accursio, Bologna (2021); Mediterranea 19, Young Artists Biennale, School of Waters, Repubblica di San Marino (2021); Painting Stone, Villa Lontana, Roma (2021).