Fattovich calls his style Abstract Punk. He deliberately rejects traditional techniques in lieu of brut art strategies. Painting with a mixture of oils, acrylics and other mediums on large-scale canvases, he uses his hands and other tools, like plaster trowels and forks, adding rough textures and dimensions to his surfaces. “I use whatever I can use to make that mark,” he says. “It’s not even a brush stroke.” His compositions evolve according to a subliminal process in which he responds viscerally to the colors, layers, lines and shapes, coaxing each composition along until it reveals itself to him as being finished.
This, he says, is the most rewarding part of the artistic process: discovering the moment when the work has become “what is was meant to be” then connecting with a viewer who responds to the work. Tommaso Fattovich describes his early life in Milan, Italy, as his first significant education in the fine arts. His family moved to the US when Fattovich was in his teens. He continues to draw inspiration from both places, as well as the deep contrasts between them.
A self-taught painter, he has always valued self determination above all else, and spends his studio time alienating himself from the pull of the outside world in order to create from the most authentic inner source. Fattovich’s powerful compositions, eloquent and raw in their palette and gesture, draw the viewer in to sense the often overlooked, and at times overwhelming, energy all around them in the world.