Undone Beauty: Emotional Portraits by Cristina Troufa from Lisbon
Cristina Troufa‘s paintings are spiritual, emotional, and psychological self-portraits. She uses simple lines and negative space in her compositions of a woman playing, fighting, questioning herself. Deliberately unrendered backgrounds contrast with the intricate details scattered here and there. The audience starts to ask questions to fill in the blanks: “What is she thinking about?” and “What is the moment that we’ve caught them in?”. In her pictures of women, there is no gorgeous hair, doll eyes or saccharine effects as she tries to capture “real life”. In this way her portraits are of every contemporary woman, capturing the nuances of frustration, elation, contemplation and all the emotional complexities in being human.
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