FraGMento’s playfully bold and graphically arresting photo collages command attention.
In his large scale compositions images of architecture, figures, garbage and light fill a void of white space, his photographs tiled and overlapping like scales in a fractal mosaic. FraGMento creates a dazzlingly modern and fractured vision of the world which toys with reality, communicating at a deeper level in the language of pop culture. He opens a door to the soul, inviting us to enter and pursue his visions, and encouraging us to discover the secret “joke” hidden in the meaning of his arrangements. He draws inspiration from those throughout history who pushed the creative boundaries of their time, including figures such as M. C. Escher, Hockney, the Fluxus and Dada movements and the works of Roland Barthes.
Born Francis George Mento in Florence, Tuscany of Latvian descent, the artist has exhibited under the name FraGMento over the course of his professional career. It was while working as a studio assistant that the artist discovered his passion for photography, which he has made the focus of his life.