Artist Louis Fratino will be in conversation with artist and writer Louis Block. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Youna Kwak.
Louis Fratino makes paintings and drawings from specific memory and art historical references. He synthesizes visual languages sampled from antiquity to modernism to describe the contemporary body, landscape, and interior spaces. Fratino’s work explores the queerness in the gestures of everyday life.
Born in 1993, in Annapolis, MD, Louis Fratino received his BFA in Painting with concentration in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2015. He is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Painting, Berlin (2015-16) and a Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship, Norfolk, CT in 2014. Fratino lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The artist’s first institutional solo exhibition, curated by Jared Ledesma, will open at the Des Moines Art Center in November 2021.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Youna Kwak reading.