Rui Toscano, Messier 5 (NGC 5904), 2009-2010, acrylic on canvas, 250 x 400 cm.
According to the Big Bang theory, the Universe started as "singularity", about 13.7 billion years ago.
Singularities are zones that challenge today's knowledge of physics. It is thought that exists inside the nuclei of Black Holes, in which gravitational pressure may be so intense that finite matter is compressed into infinite density. These zones of infinite density are called "singularities". This does not mean that the Big Bang is like a Black Hole; indeed, it is seen as something completely different, as a singularity extending through all space at a single instant, while a Black Hole is seen as a singularity extending through all time at a single point.
Our Universe is supposed to have started from something infinitely small, infinitely hot and infinitely dense - as a singularity.
Following on from research into landscape and perception of the space within the field of cosmology that he had started in The Great Curve (Espaço Chiado 8, Lisbon, 2009), where he presented works in sculpture, video and installation, in Out Of A Singularity the focus of Rui Toscano's work is centred on drawing and painting.
RUI TOSCANO (1970) was born in Lisbon, where he lives and works. He studied Painting and Sculpture at AR.CO (Centre for Art and Communication) and at the FBAUL (University of Lisbon - School of Fine Arts). He has presented his work in galleries, museums and alternative spaces since 1993, in exhibitions such as Take Off, Galerie Krinzinger, Benger Fabrik, Bregenz, Austria (1997), 1, MACS (Serralves Contemporary Art Museum), Oporto, Portugal (2002) and Metaflux, 9. International Architecture Biennial, Arsenale, Venice, Italy (2004).
His work i s represented in several public collections as Fundação de Serralves, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, FLAD (Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento), António Cachola, Madeira Corporate Services, PLMJ, Portugal Telecom, Fundación ARCO (Spain) Fundación Coca-Cola (Spain), MEIAC (Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporneo, Spain) and also in numerous private collections between Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Austria, Switzerland and USA.