Born in 1955 - France
I am a mathematician by training, a discipline that I chose for its infinitely dreamlike
dimension and that I taught for years at the university level. Parallely, I attended the famous
studio "La Grande Chaumière" in the Montparnasse area in Paris for a number of years. The
painter René ARTOZOUL was my teacher there. I also studied anthropology.
As far as I can remember, I have always painted humans, often only one at a time and only
the face, simplifying their representations to the extreme - in the drawing as well as in the
choice and application of the colors - so that one can imagine their current emotion through
their expression, whether it be implied or merely suggested.
What interests me fundamentally is not to show the context or the environment of this
emotion, what created it, or those who witnessed it, but to enter the depths of this emotion
and allow one to imagine both its genesis and its evolution, limiting the register of pathos as
much as possible.
This was true for my paintings on canvas of women and young girls faced with violent
situations, and it is also true now for my digital paintings, which I create on an iPad,
using my fingertips, without a stylus, and with the technological support of the software
SketchBook Pro. In parenthesis, this very tactile technic is very helpful in allowing me to give
birth to the emotions that I want to suggest. Not to mention the pleasure of being able to
create and "un-create" a piece as it is being born under your fingertips, as you see fit,
without ever having to kill the previous version to find the new state of equilibrium of the
painting being created - unlike what happens with physical mediums.
My themes have changed, now they focus on the fighting and bloodshed that humans
perpetrate (women are still present, but so are men, in numbers), their pulsions, the
universe of insanity, imprisonment, religions, and in particular the members of the Holy
Family, the "of Nazareths", especially Mary and Jesus, during the "terrestrial" part of their
existences, which is the only one I am interested in for my paintings. And, here too, I
attempt to paint what I imagine their emotions were.
There probably is a form of militancy in my paintings, in the sense that oppression by others
is often present. In this respect, the French art critic and curator Christian Noorbergen did
me the honor of writing that “[My] art is “charged” as a timeless talisman might be."
And there is also perhaps a certain touch inherited from arts seen as "primitive". These
arts, now called "primary", are for me, magnificent and universal imprints of a form of
eternity that deeply moves me.
Another aspect of my work, on a more technical note: My digital images are printed on
Epson Hahnemuble Photorag 305g paper with a Diasec® Plexi/Plexi 3+3mm finishing that
offers a color guarantee of at least 100 years (Museum Quality). They are available to print in
various formats, most often homothetic to the A format, which is the one used for most of
my images. (Many of my paintings were printed at the A format, i.e. 119x84cm.)
The result is an exact copy of my initial creations, both in the colors as well as in the
material effects that I introduce. I mention this because the crossing over of my paintings
from a digital to a physical state is essential, of course. It took me a longtime to choose my
printer, but the one I found (in Brussels) is excellent. My paintings are available in three
limited editions (all formats).
OpenArtCode Venise 2016, international exhibit at the Palazzo Franchetti in Venice
(curated by Studio Abba)
8ème Zoom, exhibit of 3 artists at the Galerie L'Arrivage in Troyes
Salon d'Automne Japan 2016 at The National Art Center in Tokyo
That’s the Big Apple, exposition à la Atlantic Gallery à New York (avec la Galerie Bruno
Love Art Fair, à Toronto (avec la Galerie Bruno Massa)
BIM Banca Intermobiliare, exposition au Palazzo Bembo à Venise (avec Studio Abba)
Once Upon a Time in Kansai !, exposition à la Shibatacho Gallery à Osaka (avec la
Galerie Bruno Massa)
Affordable Art Fair New York», in NYC (curated by the Galerie Bruno Massa)
Art3F Paris, exhibit at the Paris Event Center in Paris
Festiv'Aralya 2015, online exhibit (in 3D) on the website www.aralya.fr
Salon d'Automne 2015, Paris
Art Kaohsiung, Taipei, Taiwan (curated by the Galerie Bruno Massa)
Salon des Beaux Arts 2015, Paris
Salon d’Automne Israël 2014, Tel Aviv
WorldArtVision Party Madrid 2014, international exhibit during the Art Week in
Chianti Star Festival 2014, international exhibit organized with the University of
Florence, which brings together science, art, and cinema, in San Donato in Poggio in Tuscany
OpenArtCode Paris 2014 with « Art en Capital, Grand Palais, Paris
Hey sister you gonna win!, solo exhibit, Galerie TEODORA, rue de Penthièvre in Paris
Chianti Star Festival, international exhibit organized with the University of Florence,
which brings together science, art, and cinema, in San Donato in Poggio in Tuscany
From Giants to Mutants», solo exhibit, Eciffice Business Center, avenue des Champs
Elysées in Paris
OpenArtCode Paris 2013 with « Art en Capital, Grand Palais, Paris
Scope Art Fair 2013, « BASEL in Miami
What the Giants think, solo exhibition, Mairie du 13ème arrondissement, Paris
WorldArtVision Party 2012 international exhibition during the Art Week in Madrid
OpenArtCode Shanghaï 2012», one year exhibition in China (Shanghaï, Beijin, and
other major Chinese cities)
Salon d’Automne Israël 2012, Tel Aviv
Inside the Giants' eyes», solo exhibit, Médiathèque Jean Macé Château-Thierry,
Aisne. (As part of a series of cultural events organized for International Day Against Domestic
Violence on November 25th)
OpenArtCode Paris 2011 with « Art en Capital Grand Palais, Paris
OpenArtCode Monaco 2011 at the Auditorium Rainier III in Monte-Carlo
WorldArtVision Barcelona 2011 at Real Circulo Artistico in Barcelona
09 April, 2011, exhibition at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris
Art en Capital Grand Palais in Paris
solo exhibition at the Galerie Mona-Lisa, rue de Varenne in Paris
exhibition of paintings and sculptures from the Académie Boitiat at the ’Espace
Culturel Marc Jacquet' in Barbizon
exhibition ARTOZOUL et ses amis peintres de la Grande Chaumière at the Galerie du
Montparnasse in Paris.
13 March, 2010, exhibition at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris
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