Francesco Farolfi artist making his artworks

I am Francesco Farolfi, a florentine artist owner of Farolfi Arte. I deal with making paintings, artistic painting decoration and murals. I do also restoration of ancient paintings and frescoes. From over 30 years I work on commission for clients from all over the world, doing entirely handmade artworks


(March 2021)

Francesco Farolfi while makes an poil painting on a wooden panel

Portrait of a child.
(Oil on canvas)

Portrait of a child. Oil on canvas, commissioned, from a digital photo - 2020

Fake door
(acrylic on the wall)

Fake door, painted by Francesco Farolfi, identical to the real doors on the same wall. Acrylics on the wall - 2020

Classic style decoration
(tempera on the wall)

Francesxco Farolfi making decorations for a frieze in a period villa - 2020
Detail of a trompe l'oeil painting

"Deceptive Walls"

Murals with visual
trick (trompe l’oeil)

go to the gallery

Detail of a painting on a ceiling

Classical paintings

Brand-new paintings and murals
Inspired to the style of
old masterspieces

go to the gallery

Deceiving the eye with illusionistic architectures

From the origins, wall painting wants to suggest the optical illusion of an opening towards the outside, as we can see, for example, in the Pompeian frescoes. This is also achieved by inserting architectural elements, drawn giving them an illusionistic effect, called trompe l’oeil, from the French: "deception of the eye", in which the perspective takes into account the observer's point of view.

Francesco	Farolfi next to his newly finished trompe l'oeil mural on the wall of a bathroom.

Francesco Farolfi next to his newly finished mural on the wall of a bathroom. Florence, 1995

Images of a wall before and after the creation of a trompe l'oeil mural by Francesco Farolfi
Images of the same wall before and after the making of a trompe l’oeil painting by Francesco Farolfi. Pisa, 2014

If you want to see the video where I "tell about" some of my trompe l'oeil artworks, click the image below. The video is on my Youtube channel (duration 4 min.)

video Trompe l'oeil murals

The video

Evocative power of the Trompe l’Oeil painting

By involving the viewer with visual trick, trompe l'oeil wall paintings evoke with particular effectiveness the presence and the memory of places, people or animals beloved by the client.
In the picture alongside, for example, you can see a wall painting in which client wanted the portrait of the dog that belonged to her when she lived abroad

Painting by Francesco Farolfi on a wooden panel applied to the wall, with a trompe l'oeil  balustrade and a portrait of a dog. Acrylic on wood
Acrylic painting on wooden panel, applied on the wall of a staircase (Florence 1991)

Trompe L’Oeil of decorative architectural elements

The visual deception (or trompe l’ oeil ) in mural decoration is not only used to create faux openings to the outside, but also to add decorative architectural elements three-dimensional-looking and realistic, like faux frames, rosettes, pillars or boiserie, that simulate stucco or elements in stone, marble or wood
Detail of a trompe l'oeil painting on the ceiling depicting a trompe l'oeil of a stone rose window and molded frames, made by Francesco Farolfi
Detail of pictorial decoration on a ceiling, with faux rose window and frames. Francesco and Pierluigi Farolfi. Florence - Basilica of Saint Lawrence. 2016

Trompe L’Oeil like fun

The pictorial decoration, playing with visual tricks, can also become a way to amaze and to make the viewer having fun, as in this small wardrobe painted with oil colors.
(Francesco Farolfi - oil on wood - 2010)
Wooden wardrobe painted in trompe l'oeil, as if it had transparent doors, with a portrait of an undressed girl hidden among men's clothes

Not only Trompe L’Oeil

One more kind of wall painting decoration envisage the use of stylized and geometrized natural elements, harmoniously arranged with repeated and symmetrical motifs, as in the detail below

Detail of painted decoration on the ceiling with floral motifs inspired by the Liberty style, made by Francesco Farolfi

Detail of a ceiling decoration inspired by the Art Nouveau style, to match the time of construction of the building. Francesco Farolfi, Florence 2019


Francesco Farolfi makes also commissioned oil or acrylic paintings on canvas, including portraits of people and animals.
On request he also makes copies of old masterpieces

Oil on canvas copy of Caravaggio's painting 'The lute player', made by Francesco Farolfi in 2005
Francesco Farolfi - Oil on canvas copy of Caravaggio's painting 'The lute player' - 2005


More images in the galleries you access from the header menu