Born in 1964 - France
Ama was born in saint-etienne ,France in 1964 , his parents are italian and moved here in the Early sixties .
This stephanois, former student from Saint Louis and Sevigné , has never read anything on painting , nor has he taken any painting or drawing courses in school , he's a self taught. Where he’s from,Artistic performances are put aside.
Nevertheless ,from an Early age he is attracted to colors ,blue most of all. Shapes and forms are less attractive.
His « encounter » with Michael angelo will change him . Van gogh’s colors will fascinate him. He refuses to be influenced though… « I’m not looking to be soaked in by other’s work , I don’t like to be compared »
« I started to paint rather late in my life… a friend’s work seduce me…blue…we talk about it . He encouraged me and then I started. «
Between 2005 and 2009,he participates in a few exhibitions : Gallerie rue des artistes ; Couleur Baroque ; La Belle Histoire ; la galerie Echauguette à rochetaillée ; Atelier culturelle de l’Union Fraternelle du soleil…
Then for a few years there’s nothing.no time to paint, everyday issues … He even cancels exhibitions programmed in other cities ,other countries … even invitations in Italy or Dubaï .
« being extremely shy has also been a major obstacle for me. During the London olympics , I Was invited to participate in an exhibition that would travel in multiple galeries .. I never found the courage to go. »
AMA , who suprised a critic once by his very personnal way of expression , thinks he’s been through three stages : in the beginning , his style was more figurative , all blue. Then he got tired of it , he turned into a more abstract style,a period he considers being a series of « Enfantillages « (childishness ) , a painting which amuses him. He now even wants to recreat one of his old paintings in a big format : « les canailles »
As of today , he mixes figurative and abstract , « the neo-figurative » he calls it.
AMA confesses he’s evolving towards a simpler style : « I’m going to the more simple … the paint stroke »
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