LIONEL MORATEUR

 

Lionel Morateur is a French artist born in 1961, living and working near Périgueux.

After having studied architecture, he turns towards communication in printing and Web. For a few years now, Lionel Morateur has been developing an artistic work related to digital art.

Firmly Baroque, the work of Lionel Morateur, revisits the great ancient or religious themes, between myths and proverbs.

He stages a Dionysian universe where the outrageousness and excess leave the door open to multiple interpretations or levels of reading.

Master in the art of mise-en-abîme, Lionel Morateur sends us back to this eternal part of ourselves escaping all reason or morality.

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RICHARD SAINT-AMANS

 

Richard Guillaume, also known as "Richard Saint-Amans", is a French artist born in 1949 in Béziers. He lives and works near Versailles. His artistic debut as a teenager took him to photography, which he turned aside to create hybrid prints, the preconceptions of his current work already being felt.

His taste for American hyperrealism, the Flemish primitives, his background as a photographer naturally takes him to a hyperrealist figuration. He then works on the issue of transparency and glazing in a demanding technical exploration. He ends up feeling cramped in this approach and the concomitant discovery of Japan confirms the abandonment of this path. By freeing himself from the constraints of the technique, he focuses on the line, with a focus on the gestures in a quasi-calligraphic approach.

Inspired by Hans Hartung, he is interested in signs, traces and other bits of memory left on the walls. He comes to superimpose signs, substrates of an almost forgotten writing, producing abstract compositions, stripping, and purifying his line, to get closer to the essence of the gesture, thus composing a calligraphy trough painting in some way.

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MICHEL HOSSZU

 

With Michel Hosszù, it is a part of the history of art of the 20th century that opens in front of us, especially Pop Art. After studying at the Estienne school, he left for the United States. During this American period, where he hangs out at the FACTORY, alongside the avant-garde of his time, he discovers the use of screen printing and photography.

On his return to France in 1966, in addition to a painful passage under the flag, the society is not, as far as artistic production is concerned, as progressed as it is across the Atlantic and hence nobody was waiting for him.

Not very concerned about his career, but supported by two great collectors, multiplying collaborations and group exhibitions under the influence of his numerous artist friends, he will continue his career as an artist off the beaten path.

There is a “mise en abîme” of the human destiny in Michel Hosszù,  by the "grotesque" at work of the human tragedy.

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OLIVIER BIAREZ

 

Olivier Biarez was born in 1966, he lives in the west of France, in Vendée.

After studying at the Beaux-Arts in Nantes and Rennes, Olivier Biarez was divided between painting and crafts, restoration of works (castles, churches, individuals ...), shows, events and then the interior design.

 

In recent years, the artist has chosen to devote himself entirely to his work. It is the abstract paintings that constitute the bottom of the work of the artist. From his “Petits papiers” (little papers) to large triptychs, Olivier Biarez explores textures, shapes, coulures and polysemy of colors in a falsely monochrome or two-colored look.

 

The pictorial universe of Olivier Biarez is dense. He intensely and coherently explores color and material in resolutely contemporary work.

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VINCENT SABATIER

 

Vincent Sabatier is a French artist born in 1971, living and working in the Lyon area. A graduate of the Beaux-Arts, he begins his career with design and communication, turns to education in 2009 and devotes himself to his work.

 

He develops a hybrid work combining screen printing and resin in an original process of overlays, which he will patent. His mastery of liquid resins and silkscreens and the play with surprising insertions make each work a colorful piece of art and full of unforeseen.

Describing his approach as a Neo-Pop Art, he emerges his works between sculpture and paintings, full of effects of matter and light, playing on the contrasts between transparency and opacity.

 

The themes are anchored in our contemporary cultural references. Vincent Sabatier thus declines the iconic figures of his generation, thus developing a polysemic work that follows his inspirations.

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JEAN FRANCOIS BOTTOLLIER

 

Jean-François Bottollier is a French artist born in 1957 in Grenoble. He lives and works in the Lyon area. Painting has always accompanied him. He has devoted himself entirely to it for a decade, although he has been exhibiting for over 20 years.

Jean-François Bottollier is an enlightened self-taught man. His influences are numerous, with a particular attachment to the Middle Ages, Flemish primitives, Bosch at the lead, as well as the sacred art, and his inclinations for a certain Rabelaisian excessiveness.

 

His lyrical "mannerism" crosses themes that he digs in a bulimic, almost obsessional way, pretexts for a singular form of introspection. His strange characters, disproportionate and twisted bodies, rough, primitive faces, only differentiated by their sexual attributes, are archetypes and symbols.

 

They are the expression of our part of animalism and monstrosity as much as of our beauty.

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MARC DANTAN

 

Self-taught photographer, Marc Dantan decides to fully devote himself to photography in 1998.

He has been passionate about it since his adolescence years, he has understood that the progress requires full devotion.

He discovers Edward Weston, Irving Pen and American colorists like Eggleston and Sternfeld, through books, and they became his models.

He begins working for the press and after that, he produces books for Hoebeke editions.

After the fire in Deyrolle in late 2008, he completes his first major series, The Immortals.

"It was a defining experience that drove me to continue my research on the animal world and to begin my series of images called "Xray Company."

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JEAN-MICHEL ZAZZI

 

Born in Nice in 1958, Jean-Michel Zazzi works as a roughman, illustrator and art director in the world of communication agencies. He produces and directs documentaries dedicated to the art world and organizes workshops for the national education or local authorities.

 

In parallel with these different activities, he strives to deploy a personal work, for which he creates video diaries that he posts on the internet.

The work of Jean-Michel Zazzi is willingly part of the street art movement or 16 mm, although it is mostly a visual artist work because Jean-Michel Zazzi is a global artist.

 

Cut-out paper, engraved wood, "Saint Godasse", enfleurage in frames, paper pebbles, masks ... the world of Jean-Michel Zazzi is colorful and not lacking humor.

 

He also has more classic works; paintings and stencils in mind, made of emblematic figures of our modern, contemporary history. Polysemic and unclassifiable, the work of Jean-Michel Zazzi remains very singular and abundant.

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MICHEL TABANOU

 

Born in 1953 in Antananarivo, Michel Tabanou lives and works in the Paris region. An architect by degree, currently the president of the Immanence Art Center in Paris, curator and collector of artists' books, a Robert Filliou specialist and a multimedia artist, Michel Tabanou is not reducible to any category.

 

It can be said, however, that he fits into the long line of classic artists, who deploy their art in different spaces.

Michel Tabanou multiplies the supports: Paintings, collages, assemblages, photo-compositions, objects. From the materials collected during his walks to digital work, he is no longer confined to a single technique.

His work has been enriched, over time, by his curiosity and his travels. From his childhood in Madagascar to the American desert, he creates and recreates intimate dreamlike landscapes, invents places devoid of human figures but strangely inhabited.

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JULIEN DELAFENESTRE

 

Julien Delafenestre, aka DENZA, is a French artist born in 1989, living and working near Rouen.

Self-taught, he begins his artistic career in the underground 90s, expressing himself on walls.

After his classical studies, which have little to do with his artistic aspirations, he finally finds a compromise and starts working as a stone engraver.

At the birth of his son, a little over a year ago, he decides to devote himself to painting and working in the studio.

His universe and his references come from the street and the media environment that has seen him grow up. The results are some very colorful and vivid paintings, where the figures are directly inspired by the cartoons of his childhood, in a very "Old school" style.

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RAYMOND ATTANASIO

Raymond Attanasio is a French artist living and working in Frontignan in the south of France.

For many years, Raymond Attanasio has been balancing a professional career and personal work.

He exhibits a lot and shares with the public the general artistic approach and the abstraction in particular which constitutes the major part of his work.

Raymond Attanasio is therefore turned towards abstract painting, in almost Buddhist research for the full expression of his inner self.

Raymond Attanasio works mainly with oil painting, on which he has high demands.

There is a certain form of serenity proceeding from his painting, leading to a permanent association of balance and harmony.

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PHILIPPE GRIMAUD

Philippe Grimaud is a French artist who lives and works in Nantes.

After having studied at the Beaux-Arts and a rich career as a draftsman and designer in the Paris region in some of the largest advertising agencies, Philippe Grimaud chose to leave business and life in the capital by moving to Nantes and returning to his first passion by devoting himself to more personal works.

 

Philippe Grimaud sublimates the techniques used previously in his profession and develops a universe that mixes pop references, nods to the B series and pseudo vintage works, combined with a very contemporary and graphic aesthetic.

Faithful to his pop art culture, Philippe Grimaud offers a demanding and very graphic work, which is vivid, colorful and affordable to a great number of people.

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MAUDE OVIZE

Born in 1980, Maude Ovize is a French artist, living and working in Lyon.

She has graduated in the fine arts school of Saint Etienne.

She moved to Lyon in 2005 and since has worked on the matter of the pattern in painting.

She is part of a group of artists working in a workshop on the slopes of the Red Cross, the Mecca of the creation in Lyon.

In her journey around the pattern matter, Maude Ovize is working on a series devoted to water, of which she explores all aspects: sensation, matter, light, color.

Her work is sensitive and delicate, almost sensual and comes to find in us what would be related to body memory.

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LEVON VARDANYAN

 

Levon Vardanyan was born in the Armenian capital of Yerevan in 1973.

 

Classically educated, Levon becomes a mathematician and experiences painting as a passion. He landed in Marseille in 2005 and since then has devoted himself mainly to painting.

The paintings of Levon Vardanyan are crossed by multiple influences claimed by the artist, from mathematicians such as Lobatchevski, Minkowski to painters like Ervand Kotchar.

His work is his image, mixing poetic sensitivity and mathematical constructions. He intends to show and demonstrate in his painting that there are universal laws that organize the universe and allow the artist to create harmonious compositions.

Levon Vardanyan's painting is both sensitive and eminently cerebral. The interactions, the repetitions both chant and organize his paintings. The living, the organic side mingles with the almost mechanical organization of the canvas.

 

Human figures come to to the elementary forms in a subtle game of overlays and transparencies.

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MICKAËL BERERICHE

Mickaël Bereriche, aka "KESMO" was born in 1985 in Annecy. From an early age, he was passionate about drawing. Cartoons, cinema, hip-hop, and music are his natural sources of inspiration.

 

In 2004, still being a high school student, he discovered graffiti and it was a revelation. Soon, he started searching for abandoned buildings to make his graffiti and planned his nocturnal journeys to find the most visible spots to leave his mark.

 

What better way to express a passion for drawing for a teenager. A tremendous sense of freedom mixed with transgressions came to him. It is through these first experiences that he discovers his taste for art and decides to become a visual artist. He participated in various events, such as JAMs, frescoes, and performances for companies or individuals, he strives to bring the graffiti inside the walls.

 

For the past two years, he has been working in his studio and has made his first exhibition in 2018 at the Poulpik Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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JOSE SALES ALBELLA

José Sales Albella is a Spanish painter born in 1964, living and working in Montpellier in the south of France.

Self-taught and painting in a very intuitive way, his entry as an assistant to the Beaux-Arts in Montpellier in 1992 disrupts his work to a certain self-questioning.

José Sales Albella proposes a figurative oil painting, which he deploys according to various themes separated in series.

In his paintings can be found some erudite winks to the secular culture in which the artist soaks. His compositions offer almost classic figures that he places in an offbeat environment, mixing eras, strange or even dreamlike, but always colorful and luminous decorations.

The touch of José Sales Albella is expressive, shimmering and always singular, delivering to us, without makeup, the abundant interior universe of the artist.

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CHRISTOPHER LECOUTRE

 

The paintings of Christopher Lecoutre are certainly expressionist.

The artist was born in 1983, he lives and works in the North of France.

 

Coming from a family with a strong cultural and artistic imprint, Christopher developed his creative imagination since childhood. He learned different techniques during his studies of arts in Belgium.

Christopher develops his work in his studio but also in the street or during event partnerships (luxury hotels, large companies), in the outside world, where he presents performances and other "live" pictures.

 

Christopher's universe is colorful, resolutely bright and cheerful. Borrowing from both hip hop culture and its classical training, multiplying the support (paintings, objects, panels, vinyl...) and the techniques.

 

Christopher dares to mix genres to the delight of the spectators of his performances or the enlightened amateurs.

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LAURENT BERGUES

 

Laurent Bergues is a French artist born in 1965 living in Gap in the Southern Alps. After beginning as a fashion illustrator and designer, then heading into a career as a graphic designer and poster artist, Laurent Bergues ended up returning to his first love, abandoning digital photography in favor of painting.

Thus, he has been divided for fifteen years between teaching and artistic production.

The work of Laurent Bergues can be called semi-figurative. It starts from a stain, a trace, a stain, following the weave of the paper, and of the canvas. Then come the lines and gestures that give birth to forms that become bestiaries, portraits, and bodies. Stains and lines interact, intersect and intermingle.

Laurent Bergues is guided by his feelings, his unconscious, allowing the time to do its work, leaving the canvas for a while to come back, playing with the different levels of light of the day.

He uses ink, acrylic, chalk, techniques that serve the gesture and the appearance of images. As he likes to recall: "the little thing" in the service of efficiency.

 

The works of Laurent Bergues evokes life and movement. Sensibility and sensuality are at the end of the road.

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RONNIE NEMORIN

Ronnie Némorin is a French artist born in 1969 in Paris, living and working in the Paris region. Self-taught, Ronnie paints his canvases with small touches, with lines and signs that take shape, as walks, according to the artist, where he likes to draw and paint the present moment.

 

His works are situated between figuration and abstraction. On canvas and paper, the artist succinctly sketches hands, feet, breasts, facial expressions, animal heads or sometimes objects, which quickly blend into multicolored chaos.

 

His paintings are spontaneous and direct, gestural and instinctive. Ronnie Némorin produces raw art; pure and devoid of all cultural and figurative mimicry. The material is often rich and tactile, with pastel impasto in places, a thick cast of acrylic in others, and collages of torn paper, cardboard or tinted foam. The painter scrapes, eradicates and sands, then picks up his brushes and freely multiplies the forms, lines, and colors on the canvas.

He leaves without control his plastic daring. The intuitive art of Ronnie Nemorin celebrates a bright and unexpected life.

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YANN COSRUER

 

Yann Cosruer is a French artist born in the suburbs of Lyon in 1975. At the age of 39, he decides to devote himself to artistic expression.

 

Yann Cosruer has kept from his childhood and his experience, values and a certain form of rebellion. On the one hand, he is committed to make his work accessible to as many people as possible and on the other hand, works with pallets that he completely recycles.

He uses everything from the pallet: planks, cubes, nails, and even sawdust. He plays with these raw materials, engraves it, twists it, paints it and makes out objects, halfway between the canvas and the sculpture, incorporating the particularism of this living support. He does not mask the imperfections of the pallet, he enhances it.

 

His works refer to current themes, to other media such as cinema, comics, manga or cartoons. They are tinged with humor and distance, and they speak of our time and address the contemporary people, such as us.

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PHILIPPE SAINTE FAUSTE

 

A man of advertising, born in France and living in Paris, Sainte Fauste is deliberately installed in Urban Art environments, having an original approach.

 

He uses the art of contrast by re-creating icons in their art or history with a graffiti style. He appropriates these images and reinterprets them so that the past enters into the present. He stages them in an urban context where words and gestures take on all the importance. He translates this creative involvement by mixing graphics and writing styles as if several people had intervened on the work by bringing their echo.

 

In his paintings, he translates the universe of his icons with the following idea: "Our icons continue to grow old with us". These icons have a story and an image no matter what happens. They remain present in our daily lives. How do they still interact today with our analysis, our thinking, our values, our behaviors, etc.? How are they living today with us? What could they think about our society, our morals, our actions? And how do we integrate them into our daily lives?

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SEEL

 

Born in the late 70s in the south of Ile-de-France, Sylvain Bousseton, nicknamed Seal, has been painting since 1996. He discovers graphic arts through graffiti. He studies visual communication and then works as a freelancer in this field. He works for the 360 ​​studio with Thibaut de Longeville, as well as several streetwear brands.

 

Since 1996, and along with his professional activities, he organizes and participates in several exhibitions, initially dealing only with graffiti, and then with graphic design and painting. The starting point of his work, the typography, the drawing and the processing of the letters, remains very important and stands at the basis of his creations.

 

He takes the name of SEAL in 2010 and leaves the exhibitions to focus on free creation, almost as protected from the eyes of others ...

His inspiration is very diverse: from JJ Audubon to Aslan through the art of tattooing and the typography of the 70s / 80s.

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ERIC ULLRICH

Eric Ullrich was born in Alsace in 1961. As a child, he touches to different modes of expression. He heads for the photography and offers his first prints at the age of 17.

In 1980 he makes his first impressionist oil paintings. Quickly his work finds his singular personality. He lets himself be carried away by the eclectic influences of his masters Monet, De Stael, Cy Twombly as well as the walls of our cities that bring him to Street Art at the end of the 2000s before he goes back to his research.

Since 1990 he has been alternating solo and group exhibitions, national and international ones. His works are owned by collectors around the world. He is also a writer and the author of several novels and plays.

In 2016 he begins what he called his “poster-distribution campaigns”. He puts his works on the walls of the cities he visits and leaves them at the disposal of passengers.

"I aspire to be a creator of positive or negative emotion, a simple creator of emotion".

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