'Dario Puggioni was born in Brunei and attained his artistic training in Rome. Currently, he lives and works in Berlin. In his art, Puggioni experiments with the material character of surfaces by combining classical figure drawing with a more modern antagonist mood. His works are meticulously constructed and consist of various reactive materials – enamel, ink, acetic acid and oil on aluminum and copper. Where the layers of material constitute a surface on the ‘skin’ of the work, a process of peeling, decay and movement appears. The paint is forced to function as the surface of the canvas as well as the living ‘skin’ of the portrayed bodies. The blithe but tormented figures hint at a modern symbol of ancient martyrs in that they often seem immobile, tied or embryonic.'