Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is pleased to announce representation of Louis Fratino.
Drawing inspiration from personal experience and, more recently, photographic source material, Fratino makes paintings and drawings of the male body. His work includes portraits, nudes, and intimate scenes of male couples engaged in activities ranging from the mundane to the graphically sexual. The result is a body of work that is a loving and honest expression of the contemporary gay experience. With great attention to surface and color, features such as an earlobe, belly button, body hair, or the curves and planes of the body are accentuated and stylized in Fratino's work, complimenting the sensual appeal of his subject.
Born in 1993, in Annapolis, MD, Fratino received his BFA in Painting with concentration in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2015. Recent exhibitions include O Youth and Beauty!, MAN Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Nuoro, 2018 (group); Matisse + Fratino, Cabinet Printemps, Düsseldorf, 2018 (group); So I've got you, Thierry Goldberg, New York, 2017 (solo); Own, Only, Monya Rowe Gallery, Saint-Augustine, 2017 (solo); Practice in Leisure, Galería Mascota, Mexico DF, 2017 (group); Embodiment, D.C. Moore Gallery, New York, 2017 (group); Life's Rich Pageant, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, 2017 (solo); and Reasons, Platform Gallery, Baltimore, 2016 (solo). He is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Painting, Berlin (2015-16) and a Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship, Norfolk, CT in 2014. Fratino lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
The gallery will present a solo exhibition of Fratino’s work in the spring of 2019.