Florin Kompatscher Works

Klaus Thomann

This elegant, large-format catalog of the fascinating paintings of Italian-born artist Florin Kompatscher focuses on his work from 2005-2010. In stunning color reproductions and black-and-white installation photos, the reader can see the remarkable balance between surreal metaphor and special depth of field in his oil paintings Kompatschers paintings are dream-like, referring to antecedents like Dali, Magritte, Tanguy and even Caspar David Friedrich, yet totally individual to the artist. It is possible to glimpse mountainous landscapes and underwater worlds, exploding volcanoes, and cosmic configurations in these paintings, writes art historian Noemi Smolik. At the same time, they elude the real. Hard to describe, indeed, but nonetheless beautiful.