Manuèle Bernardi, was born in 1959 in Saint-Tropez, France. She lives and works in Roussilon, France.
After studies to the Academy Roederer and to Beaux-Arts de Paris, she becomes a decorator and a
wardrobe master then an illustrator, before choosing to express herself by the painting and finally,
This visual artist explores the feminine representation in what it has of links
in its ecosystem. She makes perceptible invisible emotion of two beings which connect,
the alchemy of a group which moves towards a common destination. Her sculptures, Callipygia,
in feet anchored well in the reality, rise unconditionally towards the other one, the waves pass.
In her installations, the fragile material , of paper, plastic, seeds, ..., is strengthened by invisible
threads, Manuèle studies the flora and fauna as the source of an inspiration for a common life
where the link makes rampart, sets up itself as protective shield of a materialistic everyday life.
If the installations of Manuèle Bernardi have a high poetic density, they contain in their heart a
disturbing fragility. Attached to nylon threads, these little things icker happily on themselves,
unaware of their meaning. Individually they are only the traces of a past life, of a manslaughter,
together they reform a quivering ecosystem that seeks to protect its center. A new constellation
around a visible or concealed star that brings back a form of life. The allegory does not stop there,
Manuèle protects her installations of a sheet of transparent plexiglass which is reminiscent of the
Benjamin Bichard was born in Nice, France, in 1982. He’s graduated from the famous Villa Arson in 2010.
After his studies he lived few years in Paris and was selected by the 57th Montrouge Salon for the young
creation where he was discovered by Geraldine Banier gallery. In 2014 he came back to his native city,
He still lives and works at Nice today.
He has chosen everyday objects, assimilated to our consumption, to realize them into new forms by
accumulation, assembly, twisting and cutting. His modular objects reveal the aesthetic power of
these invisible actors of our everyday life.
Born in 1985 in Maysaf, Syria.
Leaves and works in Vanves (France).
Khaled Dawwa graduated from the Damascus School of Fine Arts in 2007 (Syria).
His sculptural practice is rooted in the social and political history of his time and in his belief that art has a role to play in it. The Syrian revolution and, more broadly, the upheavals that have affected the world since 2011 have led him to question the relationship between people and power, and between art and memory.
His men of earth and bronze evoke the duality between people and authority, between fragility and solidity. Reduced to impotence by their statufication or pierced by an infinity of holes, these male figures stuck to their seats embody the ambivalence of power.
As Khaled Dawwa says, «the holes, in some of my works, are a way to undermine the solidity of the system, to weaken it. It is my way of expres- sing my frustration with the state of the world around me. I spent hours punching through the statues, both those made of clay and those made of bronze. It is an attempt to pierce the mass, to break the wall.»
Born in Dakar, Senegal (1984). He leaves and works between Aulnay and Auxerre.
Through his painting Mouhamoudou Moustapha Diop makes the walls speak. We find them covered
with cement, torn posters, painting. They are a means of communication, a silent lung that inspires
urbanity and expires the imprint of the past.
The artist erects these walls using cement pigments on canvas, paper or polystyrene, he experiences them.
Playing with their symbolic. At once a rocky expression of a primitive society, they are also the representation
of the boundary between private and public, the demarcation between the obstacle and freedom.
Moustapha Diop is also known for his video work, which was presented at the Goethe Institute in Dakar and at
the Dak’art Biennale in 2018.
Frédéric Garnier was born in 1970 in Troyes.
All his really protean creations stage our questioning on the human existence.
Its beginning and its term. Its meaning. What we name collectively « After «.
Then what survives us is born, takes place in memoirs, « tracks of life ».
Visual artist, he expresses himself through numerous mediums: sculpture, installation,
photo, video and drawings. His reflections concentrate on the object, which makes link between
the human being and the world. By using materials of our time (foil blanket, cement, plexiglasse),
it anchors its works in our period. They crystallize questionings in the intimate and universal echos.
Benjamin Grivot was born in 1994 in Dijon (France). He lives and works in Dijon.
He graduated from EMA (Fructidor 2014) and Ensa Dijon (2016).
In 2017, he won the prize of the Dijon-Dallas Residence.
Emerging artist, he exhibited in group exhibitions in the United States
In 2019, he has a solo show at the Espace Ricard (Dijon) for his exhibition :
"Anyone can play guitar".
His work evolves around the relationship between visual arts and music.
His different experiments are built around the matter of objects,
to their learning at first glance. He uses these materials as a support for
sliding between two universes.
Hörl has become famous with large installations in Berlin and Munich, among others, and will now realize a spectacular project of his "Art in the public environment" in the city of Nuremberg where he teaches as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts since 1997.Using about 7000 plastic replicas of Dürer's hare Hörl will transpose the central square in the old town of Nuremberg into a large green corridor of 2500 m². For two weeks, the Nuremberg Main Market will become a "Large Piece of Hare" in honor of Albrecht Dürer before breaking up in its individual components and so to speak merge into the population.
Duplication, the idea of serial production, and large numbers are the center of Hörl's projects. His art intends to inspire communication and to include as many people as possible. Dissolving of the large piece of hare into individual components is part of the concept. After two weeks, one may take a piece of hare home against a nominal charge. The hares move from a public to a personal environment. "I want to reach out with my work, set an impulse and let people take their Dürer home to allow individual, undogmatic altercation."
Was born in 1984, in Nuremberg, Germany.
Anna Dorothea Klug studied ceramics in art colleges in Nürtingen, Halle and for a guest
semester also in Ohio. Therefore her works are made of clay. Her interest is not the
self-expression of this material. Material is for her only a means to an end when she
tries to find images for emotional states. Her beautiful sketchy drawings serve as
models for the sculptural works. That is the exciting task: translating a two-dimensional
representation into the spatial.
Anna Dorothea Klug is concerned with the visualization of her own elementary emotions -
fear, pain, joy, sadness, longing, pity, security - and their transfer into the universal.
In doing so, she makes use of fairy-tale-like images from mythology and their stereotypical
contemporary interpretations. It is the narrative of the relationship between mental and
physical states, the narrative of the relationship between body and mind, the narrative of
the ambivalence of human states of being.
The actors of this bizarre world theater are humans and animal-like beings. In the series
entitled «The Feeling Behind,» they always appear as a pair: a small human and an oversized,
fantastic-looking animal being. Their relationship remains mysterious. Their interaction
seems to follow a ritual that remains hidden from the viewer. Visibly borne by empathy,
they consistently exclude third parties.
Works in collection :
Hetjens Museum Düsseldorf
City of Gmunden, Austria
City of Kempten
Selected exhibitions :
2021 The other view, Villa Jauss, Oberstdorf
25th Anniversary of the Ceramics Award in the Pulverturm, Stadtmuseum Oldenburg
Creatures and Bodies, City Museum Hüfingen
Art from the Allgäu, Alpine Museum, Kempten
From the dark forest, solo exhibition, Kunsthalle Kempten
2020 72nd Great Swabian Art Exhibition, In the H2- Center for Contemporary Art
2019 10th Korean International Ceramic Biennale, Korea
Lino Lago was born in 1973 in Redondela, in Spain.
He lives and works in Madrid, Spain.
He graduated from the Fine Arts University of Madrid Complutense University, painting section.
Lino Lago has always been a painter. From an early age, he dedicates him to his vocation.
When he returns to university, he will be deeply shocked by the idea of «death» of painting,
which has spread over twenty years in contemporary art. Since then he has been tirelessly
questioning his status as an artist and his production.
Since 2015, the artist expresses his questions through two séries.
The first «Fake Abstract» confronts the minimalism of a monochrome with a detail of a masterpiece.
The overlay is unveiled by the trace of a child’s finger that would have erased the second layer of paint,
revealing a look, a mouth. With a humor that borders on the absurd, Lino puts in tension the
concept of beauty, in the aesthetic sense of the term. On the one hand, the canon sought by the
classic masters takes hold of the woman and brush it in details until splendor, on the other
the modernism of the 1970s seeks beauty in an «art that excludes the superfluous «(Carl André).
This juxtaposition creates a vibratory effect and raises the question of what beauty is today.
The second series, Pintura sobre Pintura, leaves more room for the master canvas. The viewer
must move away to understand the superposition. Painted in negative, a dog’s head holds in its
fangs the classic beauty. The beast eats the beautiful.
Lino Lago seems to be accompanied by the works of the old masters to understand and
apprehend contemporary issues. As if asking us to reconsider them, he paints them through a
keyhole, creating a whole new attraction. This fragmentation of the portrait opens our eyes to
Lino Lago is an international renown artist. His paintings are in several public and private collections.
Michel Laubu, creator and artistic director of Turak since 1985, and Emili Hufnagel, co- director of the
company since 15 years.
Michel Laubu presents his theater in France and abroad ( Indonésie, Russie, Syrie, Norvège...). He was
artisartner at Volcan, national stage of Havre, at Bateau Feu, national stage of Dunkerque, at Subsistances
in Lyon...In short terms, he brings in France and abroad this strange theater, poetic and visual. The company has
just its birthday of 30 years in 2015.
Emili Hufnagel, accomplice of Michel Laubu, co-writes the projects with him. She is also a comedian in
all the shows of Turak.
Turak in few words
Turak, is a Theater of Objects and Puppet company, that develops a visual theater «all ground compatible»
fed by diverted objects, by old or imaginary mythologies, by languages in multiple and invented accents.
Known for its research work around the object, Turak mixes the puppet forms, the gestural theater and the
plastic exploration. This tinkered poetry could be situated in the crossroads of the dance, the gestural theater
and the plastic arts.
The artistic approach of Turak lays on a game with the used object. Imaginary past, born from «the used of the object»,
memory and marks of an invented civilization, it is from this fictitious archaeology that shows and exhibitions are created.
The shows written and staged by Michel Laubu thus address a very wide public. Every image having several levels
of reading, the doors of access are not lacking. It is a writing in strata, with « theater in all the floors».
Laurence Le Constant was born in 1976 on Reunion Island. After obtaining
a degree in fashion design, she began art studies specialized in textile design
and then developed skills as an embroiderer, weaver and feather-worker.
The ancestral gestures were patiently passed on to her in the workshop. She
ater chose a course combining visual arts at the Sorbonne with classes at the
School of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, which sealed her
desire to master the creation of the most sophisticated materials, together
with the fundamental questions of visual art.
From 2000, she gained experience in prestigious haute couture workshops as
Chanel, Dior, Emmanuel Ungaro, Prada, etc. In 2010 she decided to devote
herself entirely to her own work and finally allowed herself to show a body of
work that was just waiting to be seen.
She has participated in several group exhibitions in Paris, Tokyo, Osaka, Dallas
and San Francisco. The work MICHELINE (from the series MY LOVELY BONES)
joined the permanent collection of the Dallas Museum of Art in 2012.
A noteworthy selection of her Vanitas (from the MY LOVELY BONES series)
was shown at the Art Paris Art Fair in March 2014 and March 2015.
From May to the end of June 2014, the Geraldine Banier Gallery devoted a
solo exhibition to her work: “HER GARDEN”.
2015 was marked by a series of collaborations with Massaro (Chanel’s custom-made
shoes department). They gave rise to SUKI, EVE, DAPHNE and Mademoiselle IVES.
The alchemy that developed between the artist, the bootmaker of the Rue de la Paix
and the watchmaker Roger Dubuis resulted in the creation of the ultra-limited edition
watch: VELVET GRETA in 2016.
Was born in 1968, in Calvados. She lives and works in Paris.
After studying interior design, she works as a decoration consultant for magazines and individuals.
In 2006, she created a line of tableware, "Les Fées en Seine".Since 2014, she joined the embroidery
workshop Vernoux and samples for the Haute Couture. At the same time, she embroiders in
complete freedom the sketches of Sylvie Mangaud, sculptor.
Sylvie Mangaud seems to sculpt the vibrancy that emanates from the female body in motion.
Whether it is a gesture or an emotion, we fully understand the essence. Attitudes are accurately,
sometimes slightly ironic, like self-mockery. His sculptures are close to the sketch, their
shadows play with them and tell a poetic double.
Her nudes have no definite face, just a head wear, they are all women, all at once playful,
languorous, seductive, pensive ...
It is the crossroads of her studies that led her naturally to sculpture. Originally, a training
of photographer allows her to know how to seize the movement, the emotion, and
immortalize the moment. At the same time, she is studying morphopsychology, which will
enable her to observe and restore the subtleties of the female body.
Nudes and animals immediately become his favorite territory without respecting the proportions
that will define her style.
Elephants advance with a sure and quiet step. Baboons fly from one branch to another. Herons
are about to leave the nest. Cheetahs roam ... Their momentum and their intentions are palpable.
They all seem caught on the run, at a standstill. They heard the sound of the dark room closing
The bronze material takes under the fingers of the artist a lightness, which makes the sculptures
alive, one could almost feel their pulse.
Manu Muñoz. ( Cabo de Gata. Spain. 1977)
In an environment not very conducive to urban art, a small village in southern Spain,
Manu Muñoz began making their first murals and graffiti in the year 1990. Three years
later, a proposal to participate in a charity exhibition led him to make his first works on
canvas in a more formal style.
Since then, his work has described a line outside the dictates or art trends, a work
without complex, personal and pure, described in eclectic compositions or mixtures of
conflicting concepts creating images that could well be a stage for emotions more
primitive or land to cultivate new insights.
His work has undergone various changes, both in concepts and techniques, which do
not concern the artist, who defends the creative exercise as an act of freedom and
commitment to the change of time, also linked to individual personal experience
constant interaction with the world.
Nature as a key element, as a starting point or final objective is the current focus
of its work, the recreation of the universal and timeless consisting of real elements
used as mere forms stripped of meaning. Order from chaos or vice versa. No dictates
because everything is unpredictable and changeable.
After almost 30 years of career, in which his works have been shown in galleries and
fairs in Europe, America and Asia, Manu Muñoz continues working tirelessly and immersed
in what the artist calls "endless learning": Experimentation, search for new languages
that enrich his work and thus broaden the discourse of his work in territories to be discovered.
In 2012, one of her works of the V.I.T.R.I.O.L. series sent her on the path of hidden symbols,
which led her to Alchemy (and C.G. Jung) or, in simple terms, to the philosophy of nature,
of the universe. An inexhaustible source of information and inspiration.
She integrates this symbolism and philosophy only in her way of thinking and not in the
first visual layer of her works.
You will realize that all of her concepts are interconnected, even if they look different.
This visual difference is partly explainable by the fact that the chosen medium is a function
of the concept and not vice versa.
The common thread in her work is to show us the ingenuity of nature, allow us to reflect a
bout details that escape us because of their so-called obviousness.
Mireille Robbe, 1962, Brussels. Lives and works in Louvain (Belgium).
Born in 1976, Madrid
Leaves and works in Madrid Spain)
Carlos Tárdez is a multidisciplinary artist who could be framed in figurative
art but with the added bonus that his paintings hide a deep symbolic layer behind an appearance
of everyday life. As Tárdez himself explains, «My work is born out of my experiences. I try to
always keep in mind the banality of what I do, because only from unpretentious sincerity does t
he idea arise. Every day new elements appear and reappear. That’s why I don’t set myself any
objectives. I paint out of an inner need. It is from my own work that new questions arise, new projects».
Both in painting and sculpture, he has achieved a high level of quality that has earned him,
among many other awards, the BMW Medal of Honor in 2010 and 2018.
Both in his paintings and his in sculptures there are mythological connotations, double meanings
and great irony in the reinterpretations of everyday scenes and objects.
This fact is particularly evident in his sculpture (in this case, in addition to the polychrome resins,
there are also pieces made of bronze), where he uses a preconceived idea or an object associated
with a meaning and turns it upside down.
On the canvas he tries to express the idea in the most direct way possible, his pictorial technique
and the realism employed are careful, generating simple and emphatic compositions in which
emptiness takes on a meaning and, in many cases, carries the conceptual weight in a treatment of s
pace that drinks directly from abstract painting.
Color also has a direct relationship with the distribution of space, atmosphere and depth. The
psychological influence and symbolic value of color are given great importance. It is also common
to see horizontal or vertical bands of matt black appearing in his paintings that delimit the space.
It is a symbolic figuration, with a series of resources that have enriched its own iconography.
The title of each of the works suggests and reinforces the idea on many occasions, always leaving
open the subjective interpretation of the viewer.
Was born in 1972. He is a Lithuanian painter. He lives and works in Vilnius since the late 1990s.
In 1998 he graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts, majoring in
painting and theatre set design. For several years he has been setting movie
design and painting at the same time. His most acclaimed work included creating
sets for the 2001 Werner Herzog film Invincible.
In 2004, he has devoted himself solely to painting.
‘The paradox is what I still like very much. An unexpected proposition is always very interesting.
Things that combine contradictory features or qualities lead to re-thinking. Looking at something
new makes us angry, nervous, sometimes happy. For me, a paradox means making an impact’,
Vytautas creates his story by counterposing small to large, bright to fuzzy,
colored to black and white, calm to expressive. ‘I like it so much and consider it
as means of expression. Dozens of colorful exotic birds in the landscapes of an
industrial city, graffiti-stained yaks in front of the mountains speak reminds us
about a changing world that we do not notice when we drown in our daily routine’,
In 2008 Tomaševicius was awarded First Place prize at the Baltic Art Biennial in
In 2019 he won an Excellence Award in the Open Category at the third Art Olympia
Biennale in Tokyo, with his work A Still Life with Two Objects (2016), the
painting was exhibited at the Metroplitan Museum of Art, of Tokyo the same year.
Tomaševicius is the first Lithuanian artist to be awarded this honor.
Photographer, Film Maker and Publicist. Born in 1978 at Seclin, France .
Leaves and works in Paris
The Work of Nicolas Demeersman, often debated, gathers pictures where col- lide the genres :
the elegance and the trash, the seriousness and the absurd, the reality and the fiction ...
Considering that it is as well important to please as to displease, he approaches contemporary
subjects to deceive values, aprioris and visual codes. Beyond the esthetics, he stages «the agreed»
pushed in its extreme, wishing to question us about our positions and their internal logic.