A good portrait is more than a likeness. It is a treasure that captures an instant forever. It is a point of union between generations that celebrate the importance of descent.
Merello’s particular way of working, be it large-format oil paintings, elaborate colored pencil compositions or watery watercolors, is clearly a form of attraction. All this introduces into his work the effect that one individual can have on another, either through his art or his public personality or the simple luxury of his daily proximity.
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Like many painters of his generation, Francisco Merello takes the relationship between painting and photography for granted, so instead of ignoring our saturated media culture, he integrates it into his work. His portraits, although they are sometimes the result of sessions with live models, tend to be derived more frequently from photographs.