As far as I can remember, even as a child I’ve always felt compelled to draw, paint and sculpt things to create my own world to escape in. And already at that time, I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to do. I hated school – I couldn’t deal with its small-minded authority and its cookie-cutter way-of-thinking. I did not fit the mold, and that generated a lot of struggle for me. But, in the end, not to fit in was a blessing, and still is! So I left home in my early teenage years to travel, doing multiple creative jobs on the side. After a few years, I felt it was becoming vital for me to stop adapting myself to other people’s visions and to put my own vision out there. So for several months I threw myself into creating my first wall-size charcoal and oil-pencil portraits on paper. And as destiny would have it, I met Anouk Le Bourdiec, the young and passionate founder of Galerie ALB in Paris. She believed in my vision and immediately exhibited my first series of works God Is Dead and Humanity Is Overrated. That allowed me to start working full time on my artwork and create the following year my first solo show, ENDGAME, a reference both to a situation in chess when the outcome is known and inevitable –which Marcel Duchamp was obsessed with–, and to the play of Samuel Beckett, in which the end is announced as of the very beginning, just like the destiny of most of the young subjects my works are based on.
It was at this show that I presented my first wall-size Bic drawings and life-size silicone sculptures, and I have had the great chance that all my works immediately left for collections in France and abroad. The early support of people like Carine Roitfeld, who sent journalists from New York to do a reportage on my work, certainly helped. Funnyly enough, I’ve just heard that my first sculpture Do You Believe In God? has been selected by the art-collectors association ADIAF to be exhibited at the upcoming Contemporary Art Institute’s Triennal, and that one of my first drawings of the series God Is Dead has been appointed to be integrated into the art collectors’ museum Now Is Our Future at the upcoming annual edition of Drawing Now.