It’s what you don’t get to see and what Portugal-based artist, Cristina Troufa forces you to focus on that makes her work so intense…it’s her ability to draw you in on the perspectives of her subjects. The way she borders them off – choosing to leave certain areas devoid of color seems to harnesses all the emotion of the piece into the features and flesh of her portraits, making them truly live.
"Life is not lived in some distant, imagined land of someday where everything is perfect. It is lived here and now, with the reality of the way things are. Yes, by all means you can work toward an idealized tomorrow. Yet to do so, you must successfully deal with the world as it is today."