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Let’s meet some of the artists of the Marciano gallery, such as Joy’s interview!

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Founded in 1992 by Mickaël Marciano, the eponymous Marciano gallery proposes a selection of around 50 inspired artists. With the aim to democratize contemporary art through its several galleries, mainly located in Paris but also outside, feel free to discover them in those 7 complementary exhibition spaces.
 
Spreading from New Pop Art, passing by New Realism until Kinetic Movement, let you get seduced among a variety of artistic movements conveyed by these various emerging or illustrious artists. Thus, it’s not a mystery that from painting to sculptures, figurative to abstract, the universe of the Marciano galleries stands out with its wide offer. 
 
By the way, some of them have benefited of the Marciano support, notably for the realization and of course the promotion of their artworks. That’s why, many of them decided to entrust the Marciano galleries with a worldwide exclusive distribution of their creations and we are glad to present you a couple of them, including an interview of the colorful artist Joy among other artistic treasures! By Alex Plato
 
 
Otherwise, while still specializing in contemporary art, you may also discover a wide selection of more experimented artists with a stronger notoriety. Therefore, you could count on Cesar, Arman, Appel, Chagall, Picasso and Dalí to name a few. Nonetheless, the Marciano galleries also represent the legacy of multiple renowned artists, such as Roger Suraud (photo credits: Marciano & Henri Saromsky).
 
Last but not least, as a real advocate for artistic democratization, Mickaël Marciano as well tends to convince anyone willing to start or expand his own art collection with good bases. For your information, even foundations and museums have already once purchased one those heterogeneous masterpieces. Therefore, let us introduce a couple of these featured artists, able to entertain your upcoming admiration. 
 
Marciano Contemporary, 4 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris (France) / Open everyday from 11h until 19h30 / Phone : 00 33 (0)1 84 83 44 44. More information on the official website.
 

Starting our Art tour with the enlightened designer Falcone, who is a full autodidact artist, while notably finding some of his roots in the art foundation of his grandfather. Learn more about this private Fondation Cherqui, located in Aubervilliers, open to the visit with its 5000 visible artworks, on the video below. 
 
As a real passionate about geometric works and kinetics since his childhood, Falcone was also much inspired by the deconstructed tables of Carmelo Arden Quin. In this case, infinite colorful circles and squares always intrigued this multifaceted artist and eventually encouraged him to go further. 
 
Thus, with the goal to multiply a contemplative image without an end, Falcone employs his favorite tools which are neon, plexiglass, and of course LED lights reflected by a mirror. All these ingredients are reunited to generate a sort of optical illusion as a guideline for an innovative and colorful art demonstration (photo credits: Falcone). 
 
Furthermore, thanks to those electric special effects, Falcone enjoys the pleasure of a visual stimulation produced on the spectator’s perception, essentially according to his position in front of the artwork. By the way, this magic solution would only become possible through the force of a complex electroluminescent display. 
 
Based on the power of a tiny lightful diode (abbreviated as LED, for light-emitting diode) which is considered as an opto-electronic device able to spread light when it is traversed by electricity. While passing in one direction, the energy would eventually produce non-coherent monochromatic or polychromatic radiation from this electromagnetic interaction.
 
Thereafter, this constant and durable photon emission generates an amazing stylistic device based on different topical or abstract subjects, able to display an infinite ray of lights in your favorite exhibition hall.
 
More information on the official website.
 


In a different topic, let’s have a look on this Italian artist Paola Grizi, born in Roma in 1968. It seems that her passion for Art had been transmitted to her by her grandfather, himself a renowned painter and sculptor. However, Paola started an initial career of journalist, after literary studies but her inner creative spirit emerged crescendo until the point of no return, and the desire to become an artist was so strong. Then, Paola wished to adapt her passion for writing and mostly mingle it with bronze material (photo credits: Paola Grizi).
 
Thereafter, letters and human nature intertwine and merge shape into a mystical interpretation of the countless dreams and sensations of the artist, all in relief. As if you were turning pages of a book or a magazine, this literary vision of Art enjoys an international recognition, where Paola has been rewarded with numerous and prestigious prizes. By the way, after having been a resident of the city of ChangChun, exhibited in numerous private collections, Paola recently had the opportunity to present her works at the international exhibition in the illustrious gardens of Etretat.
 
On top of that, among many awards, Paola Grizi even won the 3rd Biannual International Ceramic Contest of Ascoli Piceno; and she was invited twice in 2014 and 2015 by the Chinese Chanchun Municipality to represent Italy in the China Changchun International Ceramics Symposiums.
 
She also won the Special Public Award at the 35th CICA International Competition de L’Alcora in Spain and then went on to serve on the jury of the same contest in 2016. Additionally she was as well chosen by the Pontifical Gregorian University in collaboration with the Kunst-Station of Köln, in Germany for a Contemporary art project in the Church of Saint Peter, along with eleven other international artists.
 
Let yourself tempted by this incredible innovative structure of books and visages, massively shared on social networks, and you could maybe read what’s on the artist‘s mind.
 
More information on the official website.

Thereafter, let’s turn on the protean plastic artist Joy, based in the South of France where she lives her passion for a new type of Art, mixing fashion, music and Street-Art (photo credits: Joy).
 
Due to a successful career of stylist, fascinated by the powerful and original universes of Martin Margiela and Comme des Garçons, this multi-faceted artist decided to create her own ready-to-wear collections for women, spread in many boutiques all around the World. After an experience as a photo stylist for Elite Model, she got tempted with a bit of exotism and flown to Namibia, where she had the occasion to teach styling classes at the French Embassy, under the framework of Maryline Vigouroux.
 
When returning to France, she wished to look for a new way of expression and therefore painting became obvious for her. That’s why, during 3 years, Clara painted large formats composed of plexiglass, which were exhibited in a couple of Parisian galleries, such as the Blumann and Kleiman entities.  Thus, her first realizations were composed of large color drawings that she printed on a support, sublimed some additional relief provided by markers or spray cans. Time after time, Joy reached a certain amount of volume in her artworks, in memory of her long past in fashion styling, where the fabrics play a full role such as the materials employed in a sculpture.
 
As a soda enthusiast, especially sipped from cans, the artist also decided to adopt this Neo Pop-Art item as a real support inspiration for her future sculptures! Following the steps of illustrious predecessors, such as Andy Warhol who used to screenprint cans, while César enjoyed compressing them, here Joy opt to monumentalize them in Popy Cans. Starting from a prototype, shaped in a 1m40 high mold, which is declined under her flourishing imagination, as unique pieces of different sizes, where Joy employs her singular artistic sense with her own technics. Indeed, after ordering her resin cans, whose structures are realized by Arsculpt, near Valence, while the bronze pieces are made in Paris, in the Foundry Chapon. As far as we know, the creative process of Joy respects some specific guidelines, punctuated by precise stages details that make her Art so authentic.
 
Therefore, once she received cans from the several suppliers, her inspired spirit seems to melt in a dynamic interaction on a special way with each of those artworks. Fueled by the crazy energy of her own workshop and influenced by some pop music in movement, Joy breaks codes and displays her own vision of urban culture and more particularly Street-Art. In order to realize this joyful harmony, the artist mixes different materials, made for each other, through spray and casual paintings, adorned with some drawings and of course collages of famous photographies. Last but not least, these masterpieces are varnished three times, in order to provide enough resistance and brightness to highlight its multiple facets, while lasting as long as possible.
 
 
Adding to this, still faithful to her own inventiveness and mix of genres, Joy pursues her present artistic philosophy with more than ever originality. For instance, she has recently shown, during an exhibition in Monaco, her latest creations which are designed as monumental macarons. Here, these traditional French sweet pastries wear again a colorful and shiny robe, thanks to a lacquered covering, on which three beetles climb and delight this so yummy Parisian cake. With this new artwork, Joy tends to challenge her audience with new forms of expression with the combination of fashion and sculpture in an explicit avant-garde form. Then, she tells us more about it in some questions.
 
  • Hello Joy, firstly why did you take this Joy nickname? Where is located your workshop?
Hello, I have taken this nickname because Joy is my view of life, it represents my mind set; without joy, our life would be sad and dark. So, I wanted a nickname as joyful as my work. I think it’s really important especially during this pandemic. We need more hope and more joy!
 
  • Could you please describe us your Art and your style? Could we consider it as Pop Art?
My art is like my nickname. Nevertheless, there is always a message through my work, there is often a reflection about our occidental society. For example: the Popy Can, my most famous sculpture is a questioning about our consumer society. Yes we can say that my art is pop art maybe a mix between pop art and new realism.
 
  • It seems that you had many careers, notably in fashion. Why did you switch to contemporary art?

Yes you are right I was a fashion designer before. I truly loved this job but one day, after a workshop with the French Embassy in Namibia as a fashion teacher, I decided to start a new life.  As an artist, you have so much constraints in fashion, I needed to be free to be creative. But now I have enough maturity to be both artist and designer and mix this two arts.

  • In some of your recent pieces, there are customized cans and macarons. What do they symbolize to you?
Cans symbolize our society ; it’s one of the most iconic object;  Macaron is the most famous french cake, the most Parisian , it represents elegance.
 
  • Moreover, in some of these artworks, there is as well featured some luxury logos like Dior. Is there any reason or any partnership with those famous brands?
For the time being, I have no partnership setup but I hope I will soon.
 
  • At last, where could we find your artworks throughout the World?

We can find my artworks mostly in art galleries in France (Paris), Switzerland, in Italy (Venice) and in the US (Miami).

 

More information on the official website.