Hypothesizing on the foundation that Francisco Segismundo’s work is a manifestation of his emotion, strong conviction, character, soul, and emotive myriad of intangibles animated through brush strokes, colors, and composition that bring the viewer to a state of ambiguity.
Bobit, his nickname, is inspired by his multi-colored gamut of famous characters. He quips his subject with playful satirical genial works that give subliminal images. You will usually see an adage of platitude groupings of seemingly unrelated objects and visual allusions with a blast of dramatic elements splattered all over the canvas.
His art is surrealist in nature that subjects his canvas with floating elements to parodies, and visualizes in a rhetorical manner. He injects conventional atheistic and cultural values by producing marks with nothing but nonsense and charades of our time and era gone.
Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected connections, and a statement that is not connected in a logical or clear way; however, many surrealist artists such as Bobit regard their works as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artifact.
“As one HK writer once said, my works are like a “who’s who and Finding Willy” in one who delivers the honesty of the subject. It is Baroque somehow. This is how I can describe my works. Somewhat culled in forms of pop Dadaist images, I sauced pop punned notable para parodies (beyond parody) contextualized in a socio politico cultural inherence. My art has ideological philosophical assemblages materializing into surrealism.”
He is an artist who remains steadfast and loyal to his train of thought and style with “gusto.” Modesty aside, due to controversies and negative interpretations of his works may have paved his invitation to the 2011 version of Florence Art Biennale in Italy and Karin Weber Gallery who brought his works in Battersea Affordable Art Fair in London.
His attitude of letting things take their own course without interfering in doing his art, having the heart to love what he is doing, and never crossing any line to hurt others with their design works which made him a master of his own style.
Francisco Segismundo is a product of University of Santo Tomas who majored in Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) majoring Advertising Arts. Bobbit, now retired, who has spent most of his art career in Hong Kong, will be having his first Philippine art solo exhibit this coming July (16-29).
All images provided by the artist.