Proof of Life
American Art Collector|September 2020
Proof of Life
Prior to the pandemic, California painter Francis DiFronzo was already occupying a certain kind of space—one without people, where the earth was slowly reclaiming remnants of forgotten societies, where artifacts of past lives stood as monuments to mankind’s fleeting presence.

And then it was March, and the world started to feel like one of his paintings.

“It’s funny because I was already thinking about the end of the world, about these massive changes in our society and existence because of global warming. Maybe 100 years from now with no human life on the planet. I never planned on a pandemic, but then it happened,” DiFronzo says. “My work is an examination of the things we leave behind, these abandoned places that are desolate and empty. And everything I was working on seemed to really speak to what was happening.”


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September 2020