An Italian-born Swiss citizen, Roberto Greco is a horticulturist by profession. He also studied photography and visual communication. His photographic work is part professional and part research and the way he builds his subjects shows diligence and meticulousness.

Whether he shoots a portrait or a still life, Roberto Greco's view of the real world is filled with wonder, which translates into metaphors and flamboyant dream-like effects. He uses light to paint a particular detail on his subject and stops time at an exact moment to give us something to contemplate.

His images are often much more complex than they appear at first glance and suggest a tremendous iconographic savoir-faire, namely as it relates to painting.Roberto Greco does not scrimp on humorous or even cynical details that help distance his work from stereotypes and artistic references.Text by Marco Costantini - Art historian and curator at the MUDAC