BIOGRAPHY

 
 
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Born in Paris, I graduated in Science, then moved to a secluded hamlet in the Alps mountains where I converted a barn into a studio. I stayed there for 8 years, also traveling extensively to developing countries.

I started modeling slabs of plaster, engraved with imaginary signs, a work induced by ruins of early civilizations I had crossed. Much closer to my studio, the Art Brut Museum in Lausanne, would also stir a lasting interest. Ancient glyphs, enigmatic signs of disabled artists compelled me in a similar way, by blending a sense of beauty and mystery.

I subsequently moved to California to join part of my family. There I started blowing up on large canvases my early experiments on plaster, using heavy acrylic paste. In 1992 I moved to New York and explored more literary concepts, starting with a series based on Gertrude Stein. This body of work led favorably to the Pollock-Krasner award (1994) and critical notice (New York Times,1995). Then came "Alphabets" (Artnews, 2002), and "Subtracted Word" (Art in America, 2004). In 2003 I received the Elizabeth Foundation award for a series based on imaginary alphabets.

Exhibitions in public venues include: Los Angeles County Museum of Art , the Joslyn Center of the Arts , Torrance, CA (solo show), Musee Dauphinois (Grenoble, France), Artist Space, New York, Drawing Center, NY, Espace Malraux, Maison de la Culture, Chambery, France (solo show), Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY, Denver University (solo show), Dortmunder Kunstverein, Germany, Irvine Fine Arts Center, CA, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO.