Traditionally avoiding being literal, Virtosu turns the personage into the dense and energetic flux of colors. And only some nuances provide us with the clue for reading it and reconstructing the author’s idea.
Multiple elements and faces are embeded into the canvas inviting the viewer to a puzzle exercise giving opportunity to a multitude of interpretaions.
Unlike most of the artist’s paintings, this one has a horizontal format as an homage to the Japanese woodblock printing. At the same time, the abstract painting contains a conscious or unconscious reference to the European tradition: the vertical borders.
The capacity of the abstract language enables Virtosu to avoid the cultural appropriation: the oil painting isn’t a straightforward replica of the massively popular character in the context, which is completely detached from the original environment.
The artist shows all respect to the Japanese heritage, creating an elaborated portrayal, which is as multilayered, as the dress of geisha.