Born in 1946 - France


Born in 1946 in Cannes, Max Charvolen was a member of the group INterVENTION (1968-1973) and, afterwards, took part in the activities of the École de Nice.
He was also a co-founder of the group 70 (1970), he studied art and architecture, and has worked for Oscar Niemeyer, in Rio.

"His work has three main directions: the elements of the painting, the space, the representation. To his works from the '60s and '70s concentrating on the canvas and its various modifications through cuts, folds, sewing, colorations and using the format of the painting as a model, are added, after 1979, his works based on constructions and objects.

After this point, he cuts the canvas into piece and then recomposes it on objects or built spaces that he folds flat. Color becomes a means to differentiate and highlight the elements of the work: the process, the volume, the perimeter, its limits and edges. A part of his work is centered around the variations of the possible projections of a volume with the help of calculations and digital drawing.

Jean Petitot has analyzed his practice, qalifying it as a reversal of conventional perspective: while painting was seeking to give, in two dimensions, the illusion of depth, Max Charvolen shows, in scale 1, in the reality of the two dimensions, the memory of the three dimensions. In doing so, he "deals with representation without going through figuration" and gives new formats and new reasons to our symbolic spaces."

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Galerie AL/MA, Montpellier, (France)
La cave Littéraire 2003, “Dialogue autour de l’œuvre”, Michel Butor et Raphaël Monticelli, Villefontaine, (France)

Américan Gallerie, Christmas Art Fair, Marseille, (France)
Galerie l’Espace du dedans, Lille, (France)

Musée Fernand Léger, Biot, (France)
American Gallery, Marseille, (France)

C.I.A.C. Château de Carros, (France)

Max Charvolen, Cloître Saint Louis, Avignon, (France)

Maison Salvant-art et science, Labège, (France)
Galerie l'Espace du dedans, Lille, (France)

Le Trésor des marseillais, Delphes, musée d’histoire de Marseille, (France)
Galerie d’art contemporain, Université Toulouse-Le-Mirail, (France)
Galerie AL/MA, Montpellier, (France)

Galerie Darthéa-Speyer, Paris
Galerie AL/MA, Montpellier
“Le Trésor des marseillais”, Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, (France)

Galerie Fernand Léger, Crédac, (France)
Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry-sur-Seine, (France)
Galerie Joël Scholtes, Nice, (France)
“L’art dans les chapelles”, Chapelle Saint-Fiacre, Melran, (France)


“La mise en doute du tableau”, la collection du M.A.M.A.C. (Alocco, Cane, Chacallis, Charvolen, Dezeuze, Dolla, Hantaï, Isnard, Jaccard, Maccaferri, Miguel, Pages, Saytour, Valensi, Viallat), Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice, (France)

“La peinture autrement (volet 1)”, L’art contemporain et la Côte d’Azur - Un territoire pour l’expérimentation, 1951-2011, Musée national Fernand Léger, Biot , (France)
“Le Groupe 70” - Chacallis, Charvolen, Isnard, Maccaferri, Miguel - exposition rétrospective, Galerie Sapone, Nice, (France)
“La couleur en avant”, Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain, Nice, (France)
“Envers l’endroit, l’espace urbain à l’épreuve de l’art”, Musée urbain Tony Garnier, Lyon, (France)

Connecting, The Record of Urban Experience, Incheon Art Platform, (South Korea)
“50 ans de l'École de Nice 1960-2010”, Musée Rétif, Vence, (France)
“Rendez-vous à Shanghai”, SPSI museum, Shanghai, (China)

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