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Raffin Christian | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

  • Raffin Christian | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

Raffin Christian

The melancholy of my paintings is compensated by bright colors which are the joy, the desire to create, to breathe, to share.
As a child, Christian discovered art through a middle school teacher, and it was a revelation for him. The young man knew that a love of art would follow him throughout his life. An easel and a box of oil paints as a birthday gift finally convinced him to pursue this path. His initial training as an engineer initiated him in drawing, design and the laws of perspective. From industrial design, artistic drawing quickly followed. Between 1982 and 1984, the artist lived in Tunisia, and the city impregnated his colour palette. He practiced traditional photography and tried his hand at painted photographs. In 2004, driven by an irresistible urge to create, he left his job to become a full time artist. His participation in various art fairs and markets, but above all, his contact with the public, encouraged him in his approach. He was convinced.
His artistic style is influenced by various artists, Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch painter, nineteenth-twentieth centuries) and Salvador Dali (Spanish painter, twentieth century). He sees Nicolas de Staël (French painter of Russian origin, twentieth century) as a model. Christian paints in acrylic and oil, with knife and brush on different media (paper, wood, canvas...). He reinterprets scenes memorised from daily life or his various trips. Fleeing the technical rigor of his former profession, the artist lets his emotions guide his brush to the essential. He purifies the subject to the point of making it unrecognizable. His purpose is not to represent strict reality, but to transmit a sensation. Christian lives his art as a way to express himself and to externalize his feelings. Spontaneity is the watchword of his work.
  • 2015
    Exhibition at Galerie des Lombards
    Paris, France
  • 2012
    1st prize of the Salon
    Varennes-sur-Seine, France
  • 2010
    1st prize of the Salon
    Vernou-la-Celle-sur-Seine, France
  • 2006
    Exhibition at Marché de la Création
    Paris, France
  • 1957
    Birth
    Grenoble, France

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