Thomas Canto (1979) lives and works in France. The artist transposes his personal vision of his environment on canvas; proposing an abstract and duplicate vision to the disorganized entanglement of the mixtures of his urban life. On one hand, the city in sections of walls or blue prints, on the other humanity and its individuality.
For his painting, he draws his inspiration from his memories and his meetings with the city and its inhabitants adding to it his own style, with the greatest accuracy and attention to detail. From walls covered with graffiti and posters to the surreal architectures of his futuristic cities, from the absence of any trace of mankind to his highly meticulous portraits, the artist is all about detail. Fond of precision work and keen on pure aesthetics, technique holds a prominent place in his production. His gestures, as well as the materials and tools he uses evolve together with his art, and his work continues to gain clarity through experience and time. The patience and meticulousness displayed give an almost industrial aspect to his treatment of modern architecture; the drips and splashes that are specific to graffiti, are organized in a falsely random equilibrium that shapes the faces he portrays.
He has exhibited in important institutions such as the Palais de Tokyo in Paris a projection of the light painting short film ‘All senses’ in 2012, and created installations for the Nuit Blanche in Paris (2014), the Outdoor Urban Art Festival in Rome (2014), the Urban Art Biennale in Volklingen, Germany, (2015) and the Mohammed VI Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Rabat, Morocco, (2015). He also created an installation for the K11 Art Foundation in Hong Kong, that was exhibited at the Wuhan Art Museum, China, in 2016 2015. The artist has also exhibited in ‘Illusory perspectives’ at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (France) in 2016.