A box of Crayola that melted in the sun, it was a pretty beautifull mess.
Who or what made you become an artist?
I grew up in a small city where everyone wanted to have regular jobs. I didn’t know anything about art, but it felt like a job with a lot of freedom. I wanted to work for myself and be independent.
Candomblé (détail) acrylic painting on paper – @yokogaga
Which artists of the past have influenced your artistic vision?
At the beginning I was in a school to become a comic artist, so i looked up a lot of drawings from Robert Crumb, Ludovic Debeurme, Mattoti, David B, Charles Berberian, Julie Doucet, Shcuitens or Roland Topor.
Then I went to study painting at the Fine Arts School of Marseille and spend my time in the library to look at classical artists like Dürer, Goya, Bosch, Brueguel.
Today it’s more about contemporary art painters like Marc Desgranchamps, Peter Doig, Luc Tuymans, Claire Tabouret, Damien Cadio, Maël Nozahic, but I also admire a lot of underground artists and art brut.
What about your artistic process? What techniques and mediums do you use?
I’m always looking for some old books, encyclopedia, engravings, advertisement from the 50’s, that i find in second hand stores or flea markets. Then, I use all of this material to make collage and create surreal images or characters.
I use a lot of different mediums : drawing with Indian ink, painting (acrylic), printing techniques like screenprinting, linocut, metal engraving (all of the above together). In the end I rarely use my computer, it’s mostly traditional tools.
I also knit and make wax sculptures but i haven’t figured out how to integrate them in my work yet.
Who are the protagonists of your works?And what stories do you tell?
Children in costume, women and men from an another time period, demons and monsters, animals and chamans.
They are all related to human beings, but they could come from a bizarre reallity where there is always something sketchy or uncanny.
I try to bring up something from old folkoric tales or ancient ways that don’t realy fit anymore in the modern society. I’m trying to talk about forgotten traditions or fears.
A lot of it are realated to the childhood when your imagination runs wild.
Are you involved in any upcoming shows, events, collabs?
I have to finish two illustration books with french editors Culture commune and White Rabbit prod and I have some groups shows later this year.
I also have a collective called Super Coherent Printing company, we make fanzines on the spot with printers, screenprint, and monotype. We’re going to a festival in Belgium called Papier Carbone in February.