A collage lives thanks to the curious hands that choose specific pieces of paper, card stock, string, photographs, and scraps, and rework them onto a surface to construct a different meaning, a novel identity, a fresh story. Such is the case with the recent body of work by Miami-based artist Roberto Fonfría (Caracas, 1969). Bridging disciplines as wide-ranging as photographic transfers to drawing and writing, Fonfría examines questions of consciousness, identity, happiness, humor, boredom, masculinity, money, and aging, exposing the centrality of time that pertains to each piece.
His work explores human behavior and social rules with a critical eye and humor, touching on personal themes such as dreams, fears, and memories. The images come from old magazines, advertising, and photo albums collected at thrift stores. By extracting them from their natural context, he reconstructs them by adding references to popular culture as well as common phrases and insights that come from his Venezuelan childhood.