The mysterious shadows of Rembrandt and the opalescent flesh of Vermeer combine in Enrique Toribio’s portraits of pain and loneliness played out on the naked male body.
“In the pictures of ‘Knots’ the bodies intertwine while asking for help or simply protecting themselves from the shadows. The ‘Knots’ are an aesthetic exercise to bare the almost physical pain caused by loneliness, rejection and neglect. They are a naked plea, anonymous in most cases (i.e., faceless), to escape the shadow or vacuum which wraps the individual.” —Enrique Toribio
Since the mid-‘80s, Toribio's experience in design and haute couture patterns led him to projects as a costume designer for theatrical productions, cabaret, and dance shows — both classical and Spanish, and film productions.
He entered the field of photography in 2003 and since then has focused his work as a portrait and figure photographer. He has participated in international photography exhibitions in the United States. His work appears regularly in magazines, and he published a book, Turnon Tattoos, with Bruno Gmünder Photobooks in Berlin.