Gérard Rancinan

Born in 1953 - France


Gerard Rancinan is a French artist born in 1953.

Through his "Trilogy of the Modern", he gives himself the role of an observer of his contemporaries. This particular gaze drives him to do “field work” or to work on sets that are veritable simulacra of our world.

Internationally famous, Gerard Rancinan’s work is exhibited today in the most prestigious international galleries and museums and is part of major collections of contemporary art.
With the occasion of an auction for the “Etude Million” at Drouot (2008), Gerard Rancinan became one of the best rated French photographers. He has also been named Chevalier of Arts and Letters by the French Government.

Gerard Rancinan’s work is unique. It holds a special place in the world of the photography; photography is a discipline that became for Rancinan his life, his means of expression and his lifelong commitment. But his art doesn’t come from a reflex. It is an instrument of thought, a gaze on our times, a body of work recognized by the contemporary art world. This way, Rancinan is taking his distance from conventional photography and takes a unique direction, though he is not the only artist to take it.

If these photographs are inspired by the reality of our world, they are not mere representations, they are poetic invitations, fragments of an enlightened vision of our time. He has classical sources of inspiration - from Velasquez to Géricault- combined with the influence of meeting artists such as Bob Rauschenberg or Paul Mc Carthy; all these gave birth to some kind of premeditated photographic acts of which Rancinan holds the secret.

Entering this surprising universe means accepting to take risks, to discover something else, to look elsewhere when the whole world is looking in the same direction. Each of Rancinan’s photographs is like a gunshot, escaping any effect of style. Each of his shows is a troubling experience, from which we never get out never unscathed, but always stronger.

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“Wonderful World”, The Future Tense, Londres, (UK)
“La Trilogie des Modernes”, Triennale di Milano, Milan, (Italy)
Galerie Valérie Bach, Bruxelles, (Belgium)
“Rancinan in Singapore”, Opera Gallery, Singapour, (Singapour)
“Rancinan in Hong Kong”, Opera Gallery, Hong Kong, (China)

Reflex Miniature Museum Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, La Haye, (Netherlands) “Hypothèses » Chapelle Saint-Sauveur, Paris/Issy les Moulineaux, (France)
MTV Re:define Project, Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas, (USA)
“Rancinan in London”, Opera Gallery, Londres, (UK)
“Rancinan”, Opera Gallery, Paris, (France)

“Métamorphoses”, Librairie du Musée du Louvre, Paris, (France)
“Decadence Now”, Galerie Rudolfinum, Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Prague, (Poland)
“Rancinan – Origines”, Opera Gallery, Genève, (Switzerland)
“150 artistes pour l’Angelus”, Ville de Barbizon, (France)
“Metamorphoses & Artists portraits”, Galerie Valérie Bach, Bruxelles, (Belgium)
Hong Kong Art Fair 2010, Galerie Paris-Beijing, Hong Kong, (China)
Proyecto Genero 3, Espace Cultural Ample, Fondation pour le développement de l’art contemporain, Barcelone, (Spain)
Art Paris 2010, Galerie Valérie Bach, (Paris)
“Love or sex”, Galerie Brugier Rigail, Paris, (France)

“Métamorphoses”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (France)
“Specimens #”, Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris, (France)
Shanghai Contemporary Art 2009, Galerie Albert Benamou (Paris), Shanghai, (China)
Art Moscow 2009, Galerie Albert Benamou, Moscou, (Russia)
“Le Photographe”, Palazzio delle Esposizioni, Rome, (Italy)
Art Paris 2009, Galerie Christophe Gaillard, Paris, (France)
“Sacré Sauvage”, Château du Grand Jardin, Joinville, (France)
“Cardinaux”, Galerie Lillebonne, Nancy, (France)

“Le Photographe”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (France)
“La Trilogie du Sacré Sauvage”, Triennale Bovisa, Milan, (Italy)
“China, Le Défi”, Galerie 208, Paris, (France)
“Portraits de Nathalie”, Galerie Léo Scheer, Paris, (France)
Art Paris 2008, Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris, (France)

FIAC 2007, Solo show Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris, (France)
“Nathalie Scene IV”, MACBA, Barcelone, (Spain)
“Trans fashion lab”, Espace Cultural Ample, Barcelone, (Spain)

“Faits divers”, Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris, (France)
“Hibakusha” Festival de Perpignan, (France)
“Urban Jungle”, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, (France)

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