fattovichworks.com Tommaso Fattovich


“It’s a struggle, finding the right moment when the painting is finished. Each painting is a story of the
struggle of what you had to go through to get there. This is why I paint. Because it’s hard to put into
words things that are visual and full of emotion.”

– T. Fattovich

Tommaso Fattovich is an abstract painter who deploys the Surrealist strategy of automatism to create
raw, layered, emotive works that convey feelings of desolation and decay.


Fattovich describes his early life growing up in Milan, Italy, as his first education in the arts. Self-taught
as a painter, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Science in International
Business from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.


Fattovich calls his style Abstract Punk. He deliberately rejects traditional techniques in lieu of brut art
strategies. Painting with a mixture of 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.


Fattovich is motivated by a deep inner need to express energy and spontaneity. The imagery in his
work is a reflection of what he calls “destroyed surreal environments.” The rust and rabble of the
decaying urban environment, both in his hometown of Milan and his adopted home in Florida, finds its
way into his compositions. Fragments of the modern world seem to appear and then disappear in the
work. The key to his inspiration, he says, is the search for a sensory response to life, which will result in
an emotional connection that can be “continually redefined by the viewer.”