Cristina Troufa’s paintings use negative space to deal with identity and self

Cristina Troufa‘s paintings have a common theme, one that has been grappled by artists for millennia, identity and self. So yes, Troufa treads along a well worn path but she has also managed to find her own space by approaching the composition of her paintings in a new way. By utilizing negative space she gives her subjects room to explore and us, the viewer, the opportunity to create a narrative through which we can question ourselves, look into our own selves. What’s more her technique is accomplished; her use of extreme perspective, a clean line and a soft colour palette being the perfect counterpoint to her rendering of intimate moments, often unseen and private. Here’s what Troufa has to say about her own work:

The theme of my work is about my life, about myself and my beliefs. I explore in my work the self-representation in the looking for my inner self, my self-portrait.

The well known novelist Richard Zimler had this to say about her technical prowess:

On viewing Cristina’s paintings, it became clear to me that she was highly skilled at depicting the complex emotions and feelings that human beings exhibit and which Darwin wished to explore. This is a very difficult thing to do – indeed, painting the human face accurately and insightfully has confounded otherwise excellent artists for centuries. In a sense, we shouldn’t be surprised; it requires great technical skill and observational powers to depict a mixed emotion such as fearful doubt, for example. Or controlled panic. Or to paint an emotion as subtle as reticence