I started abstract
painting at the age of 15, just by experimenting with inks and pencils.
One day, I took a sheet of paper and some gouache and I made my first
picture. Then I used oils and larger sized paper (like 3’ 5’’ long by
2’ 7’’ or so), and I would paint during school vacation, until I left
it, at 17, a need of freedom...
Since the age of 16 or
17, I've been very inspired by some painters like Georges Mathieu,
Pierre Soulages, Marfaing and then Zao Wou-ki, Olivier Debré,
Ishigooka, Miyamoto Musashi... It is still the case, but nature too is
so inspiring, like to see trees, light and water, and shoal of fishes
and coral reef, anything.
Around the age of 20,
I started to paint on canvas, and I started photography, abstract way
too, with the old reflex camera of my parents. I just would try to
obtain pictures that this medium allowed, but the purpose was the same,
just pictures, abstraction world, graphic language... But actually, I
don't make the distinction really between abstract and figurative, I
think everything is abstract as soon as we don't stay stuck by the
practical side of the things, as we forget the name of what we see:
everyone is able to admire a picture of a sky, and if we remove the
name "sky" to describe it, only the abstract beauty remains, the
vibration of the space... I would say that my artworks are in a very
close relation with earth, the nature, come from here and are an
attempt to participate in that, or maybe is it a perpetual wish to pay
tribute to it, to the infinite beauty of the world...
At 26, I
started to create pictures on computer, digital paintings, photos
manipulated etc... very interesting possibilities to create images, it
was even astonishing at first... But, between all these possibilities
for me to create pictures, I feel more intimate with traditional
painting, oils, it is more fulfilling, it's the most human rhythm...
Photography is fun, but quick and violent somehow, and computer
creations are a little bit distant, and small. I just wish I will be an
oil painting old man...