Galerie Richard

Christophe AVELLA-BAGUR

"I’ll be quite straight with you – I don’t do science fiction, I don’t paint robots. When I paint I have in mind a long line of great artists who went before me, artists who affect my daily life, like old friends with whom I have a spiritual, even a mystical relationship. I paint people, because our human condition is the only subject that really matters. I don’t paint fantasies that only I can pretend to understand – no. My works illustrate today’s conflict between the standardized view of we humans, of the way we’re expected to think and live our lifestyles, and a human being who is still able to make his own choices, who is unique, who despite his flaws and weaknesses can still assert his individuality. My work combine two worlds, a world in which humans are soulless mass-produced creatures, all the same and therefore worthless and without purpose, and an another world, in which individuals, in spite of their weaknesses and clumsy efforts, are still able to make up their own minds and shape their own destinies. That’s why my works show two sides of a struggle, because it’s a desperate and bitter struggle, and neither side has won yet”. (Christophe Avella-Bagur).

On an ethereal background of white light Avella-Bagur shows us archetypal images of male and female bodies on which he paints a second layer of portraits in bright flesh tones that never sit easily in or on the model’s outline. The two portraits never coincide exactly, and in each painting the artist creates new juxtapositions. First he paints a smooth, “clean” picture that answers our expectations of mass-production, and then he gives us portraits of faces disturbingly distorted in the grotesque manner of a picture by El Greco or Goya. Christophe Avella-Bagur gives us an uncompromisingly contemporary version of painting, which while remaining firmly figurative, gives us a fresh look at human identity as depicted by the virtual world.

“I’ll be quite straight with you – I don’t do science fiction, I don’t paint robots. When I paint I have in mind a long line of great artists who went before me, artists who affect my daily life, like old friends with whom I have a spiritual, even a mystical relationship. I paint people, because our human condition is the only subject that really matters.
I don’t paint fantasies that only I can pretend to understand – no. My works illustrate today’s conflict between the standardized view of we humans, of the way we’re expected to think and live our lifestyles, and a human being who is still able to make his own choices, who is unique, who despite his flaws and weaknesses can still assert his individuality. My work combine two worlds, a world in which humans are soulless mass-produced creatures, all the same and therefore worthless and without purpose, and an another world, in which individuals, in spite of their weaknesses and clumsy efforts, are still able to make up their own minds and shape their own destinies.
That’s why my works show two sides of a struggle, because it’s a desperate and bitter struggle, and neither side has won yet”. (Christophe Avella-Bagur).

Avella-Bagur has never limited himself to canvases or painting, as he has shown in is performances at some of his exhibitions, and this time he will be showing a sculpture, a kind of shrine he has created, containing familiar elements of his work – two gray metal skulls illuminated by multicolored lights – and the subject he feels so passionately about (the struggle between individuality and standardization – the image of the skulls being repeated like mass-produced objects by mirrors inside the shrine), which makes this sculpture a kind of link between all the other works.

1968 Born in Avignon, France
Lives and works near Aix-en-Provence

Education
1991-1992 Master’s degree in Fine Arts, Université Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris
1988-1989 Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Université d’Aix-Marseille, Marseille

Awards
1997 Grand Prix de la Fondation Colas

Collections
Centre d’Art et Culture Borusan, Istanbul
Collection de la Villa Tamaris Centre d’art, La Seyne-sur-Mer
Mairie de Grande-Synthe, Grande-Synthe
Fondation Colas, Boulogne-Billancourt

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 Black and Zhite Storm cousue de fil d’or, Galerie Richard, Paris

2017 Calm Chaos 2, Galerie Richard, Paris
Floating Souls, Simon Segal Museum, Aup, France

2016 Calm Chaos, Galerie Richard, Paris
Portraits, Galerie du Comble, Virton, Belgium

2015 From 1993 to 2014, Galerie du Combie, Virton, Belgium

2014 Spirit of Resilience, Galerie Richard, Paris
Spirit of Resilience, Galerie Richard, New York
Face FS Fargilvert, Castle of Knight Templar, Gréoux-Les-Bains, France

2012 Château des Templiers, Gréoux-Les-Bains
Floating Souls, Galerie Richard, New York

2011 Le Châsse de l’Homme, Galerie Richard, Paris

2010 Hyper Painting, Galerie Richard, Paris
Fondation Carzou, Manosque
2009 Maison des Arts, Evreux
2008 Premium, Galerie Richard, Paris
2007 Faces F.S. : Moratoire des vanités, Galerie Richard, Paris
2006 Figures contemporaines, Espace Van Gogh, Arles
Face FS., Musée Auguste Jacquet, Beaucaire

2004 Floating Soul, Galerie Richard, Paris
2003 Pray to the System, Institut Français, Berlin
2002 Sur le fil, Galerie Richard, Paris
1998 Pas de tricherie, Galerie Richard, Paris
1996 Le Don et le Retrait, Galerie Richard, Paris
1994 Galerie Robespierre, Grande-Synthe
Galerie Richard, Paris
1992 Galerie Richard, Paris

Selected Collective Exhibitions
2019 30 ans, Galerie Richard, Paris
Portraits/Autoportraits/Autre portraits/à l’ére 4.0, Galerie du Comble, Virton, Belgium
Miscellanea, Galerie du Comble, Virton, Belgium
Ouverture, Altro Mondo Creative Space, the opening of the nez gallery spaces, Manila, Philippines
2018 Human Now, Armory Week, Spring/Break Art Shoz, New York, curated by Kara Brooks

2016 Real Truth Part 2, Xun Art Gallery, Beijing
Real Truth, National Museum of Shi Jia Zhuang (Heibei privince), China
La Force de la peinture, 16 painters of French Tradition, Virton, Belgium
Ex-Péri-Mentations, LAC, The Space of Contemporary Art, Narbonne, France
Contemporary Drawings, Galerie Richard, Paris

2015 (Dé)figurations, Galerie Domi Nostrae, Lyon
Digital Week, Identité révé(l)ée, MI Galerie, Paris
Flux Fair Harlem, New York
The Selfie Show, Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI
Works on Paper, Galerie Richard, Paris

2014 25 ans, Galerie Richard, Paris
42nd Osten Drawing Biennial, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris

2013 Documenta USA, Museum of New Art, Detroit, USA.
Bridgeport ArtCenter, NAME Gallery, Chicago
Head, Bosi Contemporary, New York

2012 First Year in New York, Galerie Richard, New York
Art Paris, Galerie Richard, Paris
Les Braves 2, Galerie Richard, Paris

2011   Shanghai Contemporary, Gallery Altromondo, Shanghai
“Collection : une première sélection”, Centre d’art La Villa Tamaris, La Seyne sur Mer
“Enigmatic Fantasies” Gallery Altro Mondo, Manilla
Oeuvres sur papier, Galerie Richard, Paris

2008 La Femme, Les Femmes et l’Art, Passage de l’Art, Marseille
SoFF, London
Art Amsterdam 08, Galerie Richard, Paris

2007 French Touche, Villa Tamaris, La Seyne-sur-Mer
Slick 07 , Galerie Richard, Paris
2006 Taille humaine, Orangerie du Luxembourg, Paris
2005 My Favorite Things, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon

2004 Art Rotterdam, Galerie Richard, Rotterdam
Art Frankfurt, Galerie Richard, Frankfurt-am-Main
Art Paris, Galerie Richard, Paris
Kunstrai, Galerie Richard, Amsterdam

2003 Qu’est ce que l’Art Domestique ?, CERAC, Galerie Richard, Paris
2001 Paris Art Gallery, Chiba, Tokyo
2000 KunstRAI, Galerie Richard, Amsterdam
1999 KunstRAI, Galerie Richard, Amsterdam
1998 Etat de nature, Galerie Richard, Paris
1996 The exodus has begun, Paris
Eclate-moi… , Paris
Salon d’art contemporain, Bagneux
1995 Salon d’art contemporain, Bagneux
Courant d’Art, Galerie Aréa, Deauville
1994 Salon d’art contemporain, Montrouge
Salon de la jeune peinture, Grand Palais, Paris
1993 Salon d’art contemporain, Montrouge

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