Adrian Tranquilli lives and works in Rome.
Modern heroes from comic strips, television cinema and literature, they are not like those of the popular imagination, which today appear in the guise of Batman, Robin, and Superman: They are icons of childhood fantasy and first readings, stereotypes that are still alive and present in our culture. These are cultural models laden with symbolic meanings, and inevitably affected by the relativity of their age and by its supersession. These heroes are sometimes in pain, shot through, defeated, and overcome by their own human destiny, which prevails over the strength and courage of their heroic courage of their heroic gestures. The dilemma of Tranquilli’s characters thus resides in the Michelangelesque struggle between an explosion of might, a state of abandonment and overcoming. Unhinged from their legendary function, Tranquilli’s heroes find refuge in the imaginary world they come from –“a reality that is other, an un-reality, a sort of “alternative”, one might say, a response”- with a destiny similar to that of the great heroes of the past, his immortal gestures have survived to this day in the stories, legends and myths of antiquity.