Maurizio Anzeri is known for his series of eerie portraits or photo-sculptures, a term used by himself to describe his portraits, Maurizio’s work will be presented this month at the Baltic (25 June – 11 October 2011) and will mark his first solo show in a major UK institution.

Maurizio’s Mediterranean temperament and warm nature was evident in the way he talked about his work, an element that deeply engaged me to our conversation. You could see on his face that the passionate relationship he develops with his art and the different characters of his portraits create narratives, which intertwine in unexpected ways.

His portraits maintain the quality of a photograph but then start to become three-dimensional something that prompted him to invent the term: ”photo-sculpture”. It is this three-dimensional element, achieved through embroidery and the form of intervention it brings that transforms the portraits into photo-sculptures.