Les Artistes

“Sans eux pas de collections d'art.
Avec eux la beauté, la provocation, le plaisir, la réflexion. ”

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Oberthaler, Nick
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1981 in Austria. Lives and works in Vienna.

Nick Oberthaler refers to his works as drawings, even though he uses paint, wax, watercolor, and ink, combined with photographs, photocopies of images found in books, magazines or on the Internet. He has a clear preference for paper instead of canvas, because of its fragile quality. The marks that he makes on it are unalterable; every stroke and every line are irreversible. Oberthaler usually combines his drawings, assembling and juxtaposing them, letting free the viewers make associations and give them a meaning.

 


 
Odundo, Magdalene
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in Nairobi (Kenya) in 1950, she lives and works in Surrey (England).

Growing up in Kenya and India, Magdalene Odundo attended the Nairobi Polytechnic in Kenya to study Graphics and Commercial Art. She moved to England in 1971 to follow her chosen vocation in Graphic Design and completed qualifications in foundation art and graphics at the Cambridge College of Art. Odundo studied traditional hand-built African pottery techniques but her work reveals a thorough knowledge of non-African traditions, including the complex vessel shapes of ancient Cyprus, the geometry of Cycladic figures, the heavy forms of Japan's Jomon culture, and the unusual gourd-shaped pots of the Pokot of Kenya, among many others. Odundo is considered by many to be one of the best ceramicists working today. Her work is collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum, The British Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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Oiticica, Hélio
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1937 in Brazil and died in 1980.

Hélio Oiticica was one of the most innovative Brazilian artists of his generation and has produced a remarkable body of work, including from abstract compositions to early environmental installations. He was constantly seeking to challenge the way in which art could be experienced. As a member of the Frente group (movement which explored geometric language) and later of the Neo-Concrete group, the use of color was central to his practice. Oiticica was concerned with the visual dynamics and the effects of color, not just in the internal structure of his works, but also in their relationship with/to the environment and the spectator. His creations were largely accompanied by theoretical elaborations, commentaries and poems.

 


 
Onofre, João
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1976 in Portugal. Lives and works in Lisbon.

João Onofre is one of the contemporary artists whose work could be more significantly related to the semiotics of the image. Language is at the core of his creations where image and text communicate, thus dissolving the antagonism that divides them. The artist references different historical elements in his multidisciplinary work that encompasses drawing, photography, performance, and video. Onofre consistently approaches the complexity of the images, attempting to represent the unrepresentable and questioning the legibility of the work of art.

 

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Ontani, Luigi
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1943 in Italy. Lives and works in Rome.

Luigi Ontani is mostly known, since the late 1960’s, for his “tableaux vivants”, photographed and videotaped performances in which he presents himself like figures from history, mythology, religion or literature. The artist’s self-portraits, as Bacchus, St Sebastian, Shiva or Pinocchio, refer to Western and Eastern iconographical traditions. Using his body and face as starting point for his works allows him to express himself with great depth and intensity while being at the same time satirical and colorful.Ontani also creates sculptures, installations, hand-painted photographs, and drawings.

 


 
Op de Beeck, Hans
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016", "Lightness?" January - March 2012

Born in Belgium in 1969, he lives and works in Brussels.

TMultidisciplinary artist Hans Op de Beeck creates sculptures, installations, video work, photography, animated films, drawings, paintings and also writes short stories. It is his quest for the most effective way of presenting the tangible contents of each work that determines the medium that he ultimately selects. The artist not only uses a very wide variety of media, he also deliberately employs a diversity of aesthetic forms, ranging from an economical, minimalist visual language to overloaded, exaggerated designs. Thematically, his work concentrates on our laborious and problematic relationship with time, space and each other. Op de Beeck shows the viewer non-existent, yet identifiable places, moments and characters that appear to have been taken from contemporary everyday life. In his images, he aims to capture the tragicomic absurdity of our postmodern existence.

 

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Ophuis, Ronald
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in The Netherlands in 1968, he lives and works in Amsterdam.

Ronald Ophuis defines himself as a “painting war reporter” who wants to show “the pain suffered by normal people in extreme circumstances.” A recurrent theme in his work is pain and violence, be it physical, sexual or psychological. Ophuis paints big format paintings representing some of the greatest tragedies and conflicts of the 20th century, like the Srebrenica massacre (Bosnia, 1995), the Rwandan Genocide (1994), the Beslan school siege (North Ossetia, 2004) or the Sierra Leone Civil War (1991-2002). He also paints portraits of civilians who got caught in these conflicts after he interviewed them about their personal experience. Ophuis has also painted more intimate tragedies, like rape scenes, or miscarriages, and doesn’t shy away from representing sexual acts. His art has caused a series of controversies due to their graphic rendition of human suffering.

 

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Orozco, Ariel
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1979 in Cuba. Lives and works in Mexico City.

Ariel Orozco is known for using the city and its inhabitants as a setting of his practice as well as for creating complex and challenging works of art with virtually nothing. Political and social by nature, his work largely consists of performing little actions and interventions, which he methodically documents in photographs, videos or installations. Through Orozco acute observation of daily activities, he allows the viewer to reflect upon social processes, interactions between individuals and their political context, or upon the artistic creation itself.

 


 
Orozco, Gabriel
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1962 in Mexico. Lives and works in New York, Paris and Mexico City.

With a truly diversified body of work, Gabriel Orozco employs urban landscapes and ordinary objects to twist conventional notions of reality and engage the imagination of the viewer. He creates surprising and often humorous scenarios from simple, quotidian means. Moving freely and fluently among different media like sculpture, photography, painting and video, he deliberately blurs the boundaries between the art object and the everyday environment, providing new ways to look at the seemingly familiar.

 


 
Ortmeyer, Sarah
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1980 in Germany. Lives and works in Vienna.

Sarah Ortmeyer’s practice is based on her research and interest in history, often exploring overlooked connections between cultural and political issues. She has a keen interest in human interrelations, whether contemporary or historic, highbrow or lowbrow, academic or pop. Ortmeyer makes use of such varied icons as Chanel, German reunification, Emmanuel Kant, and the Eiffel Tower to create her pieces, putting together new myths from available signs, meanings and stories. By deconstructing, re-assembling and reconfiguring images, words and classic materials, she creates new arrangements that make unpredictable relations surface.

 

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Oursler, Tony
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1957 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Tony Oursler has been using the medium of film to create his own unique sculptural aesthetic, taking the images out of the television box and making them function in three-dimensional space. A recurrent theme in his work is the way in which visual technologies influence and even modify our social and psychological selves. His practice continuously engages with popular culture and questions how mechanical reproduction systems, like photography, film and television, have come to dictate not only the way we see the world, but also the ways that images are constructed.

 

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Oushoorn, Gauthier
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1986 in Belgium. Lives and works in Ghent.