Born in 1963 - France
Pierre Riollet is graduated from the Auguste Renoir School of Art, Paris in 1983. After 20 years spent in Advertising, first as a Graphic Artist and finally as an Artistic Director, he decided to dedicate himself exclusively to painting in 2003. The artwork of the illustrator Norman Rockwell led him take an interest in the American Realist movement. The artists, Edward Hopper and in particular, Robert Cottingham, influenced him at this time.
Following a trip to the United States in 1987, Pierre Riollet began a body of large scale works, featuring American facades and their projected shadows. Two years later, in 1989, he presented these paintings in his first one man exhibition. Parallel to his facade paintings, he worked on other subjects, still lives and landscapes, with various techniques (watercolor, ink-wash and drawings) and published a book illustrating a favourite fetish of his: "flipflops"!
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