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Michel Castaignet

Born in 1971 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Michel Castaignet was born in 1971 and today he lives and works between Paris and Chaumont. He studied in London at the University of Middlesex and he holds a Master's Degree in Aesthetics and Art Theory (2001).

Michel Castaignet creates series of paintings that interrogate the memory and the fragmentation of the world. His figurative paintings find their source in a collection amateur photos. The images are used as a raw, polysemic material capable of constituting or illustrating subjects that are often melancholic, behind their apparent playfulness.

His style places him apart from the French narrative figuration of the '70s but his artistic education in London explains the bad painting influences in his works. There was a stage in his work close to a ironic fairyland in a Dubossarsky / Vinogradov style, that evolved recently toward a more simple and poetic universe. He has represented France at the Biennale of Vienna in 2006.

"I tried to get to the point more directly, I seek an aporia, I do not seek an effect or tricks; I see the image as a memory which of which we only recall the situation and some details. The banality of the photographs I uses gives a universal character to the characters that I present." Michel Castaignet

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2012
Transit - Maksla XO Galerija, Riga (Lv)
Sous vos Yeux – IUFM de Chaumont (FR)

2011
Mythomanies – Galerie Nivet-Carzon (FR)
In Memoriam Eiropa – Maksla XO Galerija, Riga (Lv)

2009
Kigo - Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris (Fr)

2008
Qui a besoin d’un Nouveau Monde? – Chamalot Résidence d’artistes, Corrèze (Fr)
Life on Heels – Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris (Fr)

2007
Projections Passées – Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris (Fr)

2006
Family Affair - Reg’art Confrontation, Rouen (Fr)

GROUP SHOWS

2012
Ultramémoire IV – PAlais de l’Indépendance, Astana (Kk)

2011
Ultramémoire – 12e Biennale d’Istanbul - Institut Français, Istanbul (Tr)
Kabinets « Litogr?fi » – Maksla XO Galerija, Riga (Lv)
???????????? - Galerie Krachnaia Most, Vologda (Ru)
Ultramémoire III/ Ultraatmintis – Titanikas, Vilnius (Lt)

2010
Ultramémoire II / ???????????? II – RuArts Gallery, Moscou (RU)
Ultramémoire / ???????????? – ROSPHOTO (Russian National Center for Photography), St-Petersburg (RU)
L’Exposition Continue (écho) - CNEAI, Chatou (Fr)

2009
1,2,3 Hypnos – Galerie Defrost, Paris (Fr)
Pol/A – Commissariat du Label Hypothèse, Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris (Fr)
Nous Ne Vieillirons Pas Ensemble – Commissariat du Label Hypothèse, La Générale en Manufacture, Sèvres (Fr)
Lithographer VII Makslaxo Galerija – Riga, (Lt)

2008
Les Malheurs de Sophie – Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris (Fr)
Vendange de Printemps – Chamalot Résidence d’artistes, Corrèze (Fr)

2007
Agathe(…) – Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris (Fr)
Group Show - Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris (Fr)
Séries et Multiples – Espace d’art contemporain Eugène Beaudouin, Antony (Fr)

2006
Human Nature #2 – Galerie Yukiko Kawase, Paris (Fr)
Générique – Galerie 14, Paris (Fr)
Biennale de Vienne – Kunstbüro, Vienne (Au)
51e Salon d’Art Contemporain – Montrouge (Fr)

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