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Swizz

Born in: 1983

France

Biography
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In the beginning was the letter... Based on lines, surface and colour, following a clear geometrical principle, the work of SWIZ taps into the same vein of artists who, since the early twentieth century, have explored the ins and outs of geometrical abstraction, and more specifically, of Concrete art. Although today SWIZ is moving away from lettering — the distinctive foundation of his first geometrical pieces — from its gradual deconstruction to its virtual disappearance, there remains a memory of lines, of structure. Paintings by SWIZ are an intricate arrangement of basic geometrical shapes that lead to the emergence of a purely pictorial architecture. Commencing with a preliminary sketch, the artist seizes the opportunities springing from the creative process to reach a perfectly balanced composition, with its interplay of forms and colours. Onto a deep black monochrome background, SWIZ superimposes colour in successive, meticulous stages. In his subtle colourful work, emphasised by vivid shades and halftones, the painter applies transparency and glazing effects, thus creating a composition, which chromatic finish is as intricate as its forms are rigorous. With his striking technical sophistication, SWIZ delivers an exquisite and profuse body of work. Belonging to the Graffuturist movement, he took part in the American group show "A major minority", curated by the artist Poesia, which brings together the avant-garde of contemporary Urban art: a generation of Graffiti artists, now emancipated from its codes and techniques, who advocate the emergence of prolific yet unsung artists with their unlimited aspirations.
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