Francesco Tortorella is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer. His creative talent extends from elaborate music videos to a wildly popular poster series called “Weird Love.” These bright and jarring renditions convey both the joy and agony of romantic relationships. For Tortorella, relationships, love, and sex are a lot like bargaining chips. He uses seductive imagery that turns love into something strategic, demonstrating that games in relationships can be fun and painful all at the same time.

Francesco Tortorella

Francesco Tortorella

The Mind of Francesco Tortorella

According to Tortorella, “love can be a blackmailing weapon.” It’s like having a bargaining chip at your disposal. Through his series, he exposes the alluring dangers involving romantic relationships. Both his male and female figures are somewhat obscured and most of the work appearing incomplete. However, what is strikingly obvious is how people in relationships enjoy playing games. There are consistent dynamics at play where situations are delightfully torturous and terribly pleasurable.

Francesco Tortorella

Francesco Tortorella

Francesco Tortorella

 

Stimulating the Imagination

Francesco Tortorella is effective in letting viewers establish their own conclusions. Rather making everything abruptly detailed, his work is leading us to a peephole. We are peering into a world containing his intimate musings about love. The details of his work are thrilling and dangerous.

Francesco Tortorella

Francesco Tortorella

Francesco Tortorella

 

 

What is Love, Really?

Some will say there is a fine line between love and hate. And passionate relationships make it hard in discerning the difference. Francesco Tortorella highlights an artificial idea of perfect love using visual satire. His work implies that there are side effects to loving someone. He illustrates both the sweet part of love and the bitter.

Francesco Tortorella

Francesco Tortorella

Francesco Tortorella

Francesco Tortorella

 

Visit Francesco Tortorella and see more work here.

 

 

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