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France Mitrofanoff

Born in 1942 - France

BIOGRAPHY

French artist born in 1942, France Mitrofanoff has produced numerous exhibitions and monumental works; Her practice can be placed at the border between the lyrical abstraction (in a frenzy of painting texture: stains, drippings, splashes... ) on the one hand and and the visual pleasure of perfectly articulated shapes on the other.

Her works from the beginning of her career are in the lineage of the COBRA painters. The strength of the forms and the explosion of contours set the colors free of the constraints imposed by drawing. The colors are fluid and without restraint, and they get carried away and transform into enigmatic shapes that depict moods and feelings rather than objects.

In the 80s, France Mitrofanoff lived on boathouse and this experience transformed his work. Living at the whim of the waves, locked under the light that flows from the ceiling, she began to create shapes that seemed to be frozen inside her floating architecture. There are frames everywhere, skylight above, windowsills behind: the gestures of the body are constantly facing the constraints of architecture. The light helps the artist sketch up this prison impression.

The color returns at the beginning of the 90s. The forms become decorative, as well as the colors. A tropical feel animates his paintings. Palm trees and feathers revive a natural space where, up until then, the city and the industrial settings were prevalent.

Then, huge plantations appear and make the viewer dream of lush forests.
Life returns, as sap running through huge tree trunks.

The artist has received numerous awards:
-bronze medal in the European Paintin Award, Oostende, Belgium.
-Victor Choquet Award Medal, Paris.
-Medal of Le Bourget City.
- Painting Award of the city of Vitry in 1974, 1975 and 197

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EXHIBITIONS

GROUP SHOWS

2015
Galerie Orenda, Paris (France)

2011
Galerie AREA, Paris (France)

1998
"Le livre d´artiste" médiathèque d´Uzès (France)
"Papiers de Noël" Galerie Danièle Duchoze, Rouen (France)

1995
"Spirituel" Galerie Lustman, Paris (France)
"Eloge du Carré" bibliothèque d´Uzès (France)
"Vente d'atelier" Galerie Tankalami, Paris (France)

1994
"3x91" chapelle de la Sorbonne, Paris (France)

1992
"Hommage à Georges Perec", Montreuil-sur-Seine (France)

1991
"Artistes et vestiges" Musée de Saint-Lô (France)

1990
"Art Francfort" Galerie Erval, Paris (France)

1988
"Fragments" Galerie Werle, Strasbourg (France)
"Avant Prague" Centre Culturel Prague (Czech Republic)
Centre Culturel, Bobigny (France)

1988-92
Salon de Mai, Paris (France)

1983
"Le Dessin Français" musée de la Seita, Paris (France)

1981-87
Salon Grands et Jeunes d´aujourd´hui, Paris (France)

1980
FIAC Paris (France)

1979
Assises de la CFDT, Brest (France)
"Lyrisme et Géométrie" maison des jeunes et de la culture de Hauts de Belleville, Paris (France)
"Féminine Dialogue" Unesco, Paris (France)
FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris (France)

1978
"La Baleine" maison de la culture de Chalon-sur-Saône (France)
FIAC Grand Palais, Paris (France)
Galerie Ter Treep, Ostende (Belgium)

1977
Château de Boën-sur-Lignon (France)
Galerie Maya, Bruxelles (Belgium)
Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Vincennes (France)
"Boîte Noire" Galerie le Soleil dans la Tête, Paris (France)
"Les autoportraits" Galerie Le Soleil dans la tête, Paris (France)

1976
Maison de la Culture de Saint Étienne (France)
Salon Comparaisons, Paris (France)

1975
Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris (France)

1974
Galerie Maya, Bruxelles (Belgium)

1972-73
Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Vincennes (France)

1971
Mai de Bagnolet, Bagnolet (France)


SOLO SHOWS

2009
Musée Pierre André Benoit à Alès, Rétrospective
Université de Paris 7, Diderot avec Mireille Cambau, Paris (France)

2008
Chapelle des Jésuites Nîmes. Galerie Paul Riquet Béziers (France)

2006
Musée de Pékin, Pékin (China)

2005
Centre culturel de Chine, Paris (France)

2004
Galerie du Vieux Colombier, Paris (France)

2002
Espace Riquet, Béziers (France)

2001
Galerie Gotham, Londres (England)

2000
Galerie des Remparts, Le Mans (France)

1999
Galerie le Troisième Oeil, Paris (France)

1998
Galerie B&T, Londres (England)

1997
Château de Lussan, Gard (France)

1994
Galerie Lustman, Paris (France)

1992
Galerie Camille Périer, Genève (Switzerland)
Galerie Erval, Paris (France)

1990
Galerie Axe, Le Mans (France)
Galerie Erval, Paris (France)

1988
FIAC Galerie Erval, Paris (France)

1985
Galerie Erval, Paris (France)

1984
Galerie J.J. Thibaud, Montréal (Canada)

1983
Galerie Erval Paris (France)

1981
Galerie Expression, Strasbourg ((France)
"One Man Show" Galerie Erval, Paris (France)

1979
Centre culturel Pablo Neruda, Corbeil Essonne (France)

1978
Château de Boën-sur-Lignon.Galerie Le Soleil dans la Tête, Paris (France)
Maison de la culture d´Amiens (France)

1975
Galerie Le soleil dans la Tête, Paris (France)

1973
Atelier Jacob, Paris (France)

1972
Centre culturel de Bagnolet (France)

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