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Boiteux Etienne | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

  • Boiteux Etienne | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

Boiteux Etienne

  • France
  • Painter / Plastician
I don't think out my works. They arise naturally from an emotional composition, guided by these materials that I use so that from the material is born an emotion.
A musical artist, Etienne left his home region of Doubs when he was twenty years old to move to the capital after having studied classical piano for several years. He painted his first work, an auto portrait covered with a transparent lily pad leaf at age 23. He learned drawing at the Sèvres Workshop, and painting with Christian Zeimert, and attended the School of Visual Communication (ECV). He worked as a graphic artist for twenty years, which allowed him to renew his relationship with imagery, while keeping a critical eye on his work as an artist. His first exhibition was held in Tours in 1993. 2010 marked a turning point in his artistic career.
Etienne found the medium of paint more fascinating than the flat surface of advertising graphic work, finding inspiration in his different travels (Turkey, Burkina Faso), natural elements (water, earth, air, fire) and in his urban environment. The artist defines his melancholic works as "scenic abstraction". Searching for a language that is void of all artifice, Etienne doesn't hesitate to question the medium in an "archaeological" approach to art. His colour palette is reduced to a minimum. This purist conception of art shows the influence of his models, Antoni Tàpies, Pierre Soulages, Alberto Burri and Anselm Kiefer. A constant need for novelty pushes him to explore different techniques (painting, collage, engraving) and to use different and varied materials (resin, zinc, lead, coal, glass, gold leaf…).
  • 2015
    Exhibition at the Villa 47
    Marseilles, France
  • 2013
    Special guest of the 3rd Contemporary Art Biennial
    Charquemond, France
  • 2010
    Exhibition at the Espace Opéra
    Paris, France
  • 1963
    Birth
    Pierrefontaine-les-Varans, France

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