I’ve always been attracted to painting. I started oil painting when I was around 7 years old using knife techniques. Later on I developed many interests in media such as video, sound installation and music. My art is a mix between minimalism and expressionism: balancing concepts of simplicity, continuity and discontinuity of our world, the confrontation between time and the fear of time, the conceptual and the relational. A game between abstract and figurative, I constantly seek to express an emotional meditation.
Always very curious, I needed to simultaneously experience many things and see them closer. Everything I do is with passion, becoming more and more emotionally involved in my work, charged by our environment, by love, by life and by death.
Creating a painting is a full process for me. I start with building the frame, stretching the canvas, and preparing it to be the support of my art. I manually mix the pigments and all the ingredients necessary, like a scientist experimenting in a lab. I’m often surprised by the results, sometimes creating an successful accident.
My influences are very diverse and started with the Punk movement, gothic, industrial, experimental and contemporary music, movements in movies and art: Viennese Actionism, expressionism, surrealism, many conceptual/contemporary artists such as Hans Bellmer, Francis Bacon, Marcel Duchamp, Dado, HR Giger; writers George Bataille, Antonin Artaud; composers Michael Nyman and Steve Reich; etcetera...
|1989 Master of fine Art with distinction, Villa Arson College, Nice, France.|
|1986 Bachelor of Art, Villa Arson College, Nice, France.|
|October 2010 Group show "Superstition" at LITM, Jersey City, NJ.|
|January 2008 Group show for the Tenth Anniversary Art Show of Contempt, New York, NY.|
|September 2008 Group show for the Tenth Anniversary Art Show of Contempt, New York, NY.|
|April 2008 Group Show with the Antagonist Movement Art Show, New York, NY.|
|1995-96 Composed with Jean Marc Simonnet for the choreographer Joel Borges Production “Humeur Vitrée” for the T.N.D.I. Château Vallon’ Dance Festival 1996, France.|
|1991 Composed for the Philippe Maurin Show “La Face Cachée de la Lune” for the 13th MANCA Festival, France.|
|1990 Composed with Olivier Florio for the Choreographer Susan Buirge for the anniversary of Valrose Castle, Nice, France.|
|1987-89 Le Rich' Conducted consecutive art acoustic installations “Travaux en Cours”, “Salle d’Attente”, and “Bla-Bla” at Arson’ house.|
|1989 Le Rich' Painting Happening, Art-Junction (Art Festival), Place Massena, Nice, France.|
|1988 Le Rich' Acoustic Happening, Eureka Gallery, Nice, France.|
|1988 Directed a short movie “Love Fish” in 16 mm.|
|1987 Le Rich' and Zug Fat Painting/Sound happening: "Parfum des Arts de Grasse" Festival, Grasse, Valbonne and Auribeau sur Siagne, France.|
|1986 Zug Fat creation and performance of a multimedia happening show in the theater, included the musical band U-Bahn, video broadcasted in 40 screens with a full scenic environment, Graphik performance and photos projection, sponsored by the MJC Magnan and Verbe d'Etat, Nice, France.|
|1986 Zug Fat Painting happening: "Intervention GraphiK", CERAM, Sophia Antipolis, France.|
|1986 Zug Fat Painting happening: "Intervention GraphiK" with "KOLL FUTUR", Fashion Show, Plaza Hotel, Nice France.|
|1985 Zug Fat Painting happening: "Guerilla GraphiK", "La creche des Artistes", Cafeteria Casino, Nice France.|
|1985-88 Creation of ZUG Fat band, composed by Sylvain Sorgato, Philippe Mayaux and me. August 1985 Graffities in old city of Nice (France), Press: "Nice Matin", "Art Themes" and "Femme Actuelle" with "Radio France Cote D'Azur" and "Radio A".|
|April 04, 1986 Femme Actuelle (French magazine) "Peur sur la Vieille Ville..." France.|
|March 9, 1986 Nice Matin Press (French newspaper) "Zug Fat Barbares éclairés " France.|
|February 26, 1986 Nice Matin Press "Vendredi, a l'Espace Magnan: le group "clandestin" Zugfat" France.|
|February-March, 1986 Art Themes (French Art magazine) "Il y a de la perfo dans l'air" France.|
|November 29, 1985 Nice Matin Press "Zug Fat: les derniers graffitis..." France.|
|November 22, 1985 Nice Matin Press "La première photo du commando des graffitis" France.|
|November 21, 1985 Nice Matin Press "Zug Fat renonce provisoirement à ses "bombages" clandestins..."France.|
|November 14, 1985 Nice Matin Press "Le groupe Zug Fat, auteurs des graffitis, jette le masque... mais annonce pour bientôt une dernière opération clandestine" du Vieux-Nice" France.|
|November 13, 1985 Nice Matin Press "Le Mystère des "Bombages" du Vieux-Nice" France|
|November 12, 1985 Nice Matin Press "Mystère dans le Vieux-Nice" France|