Louis Fratino draws upon memory, art history, and an amalgamation of visual cues from the canon of Western art to create familiar scenes of coalescing figures in domestic spaces. The works draw their viewer into a rich interior world, where the male figure is presented in a state of casual languidness traditionally reserved for the female nude. Fratino’s emotionally charged, atmospheric paintings explore queer identity with a contemplative tenderness.

Fratino received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD (US) in 2015. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in 2015 and a Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship in 2014. The artist’s first institutional solo exhibition, curated by Jared Ledesma, will open at the Des Moines Art Center, IA (US) in November 2021.


Louis Fratino participates in the exhibition Equal AffectionsJuly 23 - August 28, 2021. Courtesy of Edwin Oostmeijer.