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Nicolaï

France Born in: 1955

Nicolaï (Nicolas Bigo) was born in Lille in 1955. After studying graphic arts at the Institut Saint-Luc in Tournai, he became interested in photography and then began to paint in 1977.

His works are present in the collections of the Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Ostende, the National Fund of Contemporary Art in Paris, the LaM, Lille Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Art and Outsider Art, the Cities of Sallaumines and Lille, Banque Populaire du Val de France in Tours ... They have been presented in multiple group exhibitions, notably at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture in Paris in 1980, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille (Le Stade) in 1983, at the Hessenhuis in Antwerp, at the Europe Prize exhibition of the City of Ostend in 1986; in Lille, Lens and Tournai as part of the “Hommage à Tintin” exhibition; at the Museum of Natural History in Paris ... Among his many personal exhibitions, we can mention those organized at the Galerie Storme in Lille, the Casino d'Ostende, the Cultural Centers of Cambrai, Garches and Raismes. In 1999, winner of the Wicar Foundation, he spent six months in Rome and was invited to exhibit his Italian work at the Palais Rihour as part of Lille 2004, European Capital of Culture.

His painting is situated in the field of a narrative type figuration. Beyond a Pop realism which tends towards an apparent hyperrealism, it is a matter of fiction where the linking of recurring themes (architecture, furniture, animals, plants) induces a strange and timeless atmosphere. These surprising encounters allow us to question the boundaries, those porous between man and animal, those drawn up between the I, the you and the on in which they threaten to merge. The disturbing strangeness of the images of Nicolai poses the question of Man in his urban and contemporary solitude.

François-Xavier Lavenne, Center for Research on the Imaginary, University of Louvain

Main personal exhibitions:

2019: The Old Stables, Roncq.

2018: La Chapelle des Dominicaines art center, Carcassonne.

2012: Lille Art Fair, Galerie Collégiale, Lille.

2009: Gallery 37, La Chapelle d'Armentières.

2008: Westminster Hotel, Le Touquet.

2005: “Seaside paintings, blue period”, Ernst & Young company, Lille.

2004: Galerie Kfé 37, Villeneuve d'ascq.

2004: “Roman Fragments”, Palais Rihour, Lille.

2003: “Jungles et Envols”, Wasquehal Town Hall.

2002: “Roman Fragments”, Espace Pignon, Lille.

2001: “Villégiatures and other places”, Espace Prisme, Lille.

1998: Cultural Center of Garches.

1997: Géry Spriet Gallery, Bondues.

1997: Louis Aragon Cultural Center, Raismes.

1996: Gallery 31, Lille.

1993: Jean Effel Cultural Center, Carvin.

1992: Galerie du Touquet, Le Touquet.

1989: Jacqueline Storme Gallery, Lille.

1987: Town Hall of Sallaumines.

1987: Jacqueline Storme Gallery, Lille.

1986: Cultural Center "Les archers", Cambrai.

1984: Jacqueline Storme Gallery, Lille.

1981: Samarcande Gallery, Le Touquet.

1977: Casino-Kursaal, Ostend.

Main group exhibitions:

2019: Sculptour, Beukenhof-Phoenix Gallery, Kluisbergen.

2018: Le Parvis, Arras.

2014: Art in the street, Cité Nature, Arras.

2010: “Tempo di vita”, Italian Consulate, Lille.

2010: Salon Contrastes, Ensait, Roubaix

2004: “9 visual artists at the Grand Bleu”, Théâtre du Grand Bleu, Lille.

2003: “Histoires Naturelles”, Museum of Natural History, Paris.

2003: “Natural Histories”, Exotic Botanical Garden Val Rameh, Menton.

2003: “Natural Histories”, Parc de Clères.

2001: “Voyage à Rome”, Hospice Comtesse Museum, Lille.

1994: Gallery 31, Lille.

1990: Platine Gallery, Paris.

1988: House of Culture of Tournai.

1986: European Prize for Painting from the City of Ostend.

1985: “Homage to Tintin”, Museum of Contemporary Art of Dunkirk.

1983: "Le Stade", Museum of Fine Arts of Lille.

1983: “Grown and Young People of Today”, Grand Palais, Paris.

1982: “32 proposals for a warmer belfry”, Palais Rihour, Lille.

1982: “November in Vitry”, Municipal Gallery of Vitry-sur-Seine.

1981: House of Culture of Créteil.

1981: Jacqueline Storme Gallery, Lille.

1981: Galerie Pierre Lescot, Paris.

1980: Salon de Montrouge.

Residential homes :

1999: Laureate of the Wicar Foundation, 6 months stay in Rome.

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Nicolaï, Jeux de plage, Painting

Nicolaï

Jeux de plage, 2019
19.7 x 28.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,122

Nicolaï, Pool scene, Painting

Nicolaï

Pool scene, 2021
21.3 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,122

Nicolaï, Autoportrait Marrakchi, Painting

Nicolaï

Autoportrait Marrakchi, 2021
18.1 x 15 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,415

Nicolaï, Le bain, Painting

Nicolaï

Le bain, 2019
19.7 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,122

Nicolaï, Jeux d'eau, Painting

Nicolaï

Jeux d'eau, 2019
18.1 x 25.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,886

Nicolaï, Sous bois, Painting

Nicolaï

Sous bois, 2019
23.6 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,122

Nicolaï, Etude de jungle, Painting

Nicolaï

Etude de jungle, 2019
21.3 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,122

Nicolaï, Pauline à la plage, Painting

Nicolaï

Pauline à la plage, 2017
19.7 x 28.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,004

Nicolaï, Ariane abandonnée, Painting

Nicolaï

Ariane abandonnée, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,886

Nicolaï, Summer in Mallorca, Painting

Nicolaï

Summer in Mallorca, 2019
51.2 x 38.2 inch
Painting

$5,895

Nicolaï, Run through the jungle, Painting

Nicolaï

Run through the jungle, 2021
28.7 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,537

Nicolaï, Intérieur, Painting

Nicolaï

Intérieur, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,480

Nicolaï, Flowers, Painting

Nicolaï

Flowers, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,480

Nicolaï, Via Margutta, Painting

Nicolaï

Via Margutta, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,480

Nicolaï, Baigneuses, Painting

Nicolaï

Baigneuses, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,480

Nicolaï, Bathers, Painting

Nicolaï

Bathers, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,480

Nicolaï, Lost Paradise, Painting

Nicolaï

Lost Paradise, 2017
31.9 x 45.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,126

Nicolaï, Primavera, Painting

Nicolaï

Primavera, 2019
25.6 x 31.9 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,594

Nicolaï, Composition à la commode, Painting

Nicolaï

Composition à la commode, 2014
38.2 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,716

Nicolaï, Baigneuse, Painting

Nicolaï

Baigneuse, 2014
38.2 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,716

Nicolaï, 37°2 l'après-midi, Painting

Nicolaï

37°2 l'après-midi, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,480

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