Cépé France, b. 1984

After studying graphic design, Cépé turned to illustration (Kitsuné Musique, Vanity Fair, Bon appétit, Spotify, the Musée Fabre) and painting. In his works, he likes to deconstruct space, bodies and faces to imagine a distorted and naive world, at the border of reality and fiction… Scenes of daily life and the nude remain his favorite subjects.


His work is influenced by the graphic influences of cubism and expressionism. His style was also built with more modern and very diverse inspirations, such as photography.

 

He likes to sublimate the imperfections of his characters who occupy a central place in his compositions. They always look the viewer in the eyes, and never bow their heads. Sometimes you may feel like you’re disturbing them, they seem to pause to look into yours. As if we were penetrating their intimacy. This relationship between the viewer and painting is a major issue in his work. The bold and vibrant colors, the spontaneity of the gesture, the work on the motifs give a festive energy. The relationship of looks also brings us back to the notion of disturbing strangeness*, to the encounter with the other. It is this ambivalence that he inexorably reproduces in each of his canvases.

 

*The disturbing strangeness is the French translation of the Freudian concept "Das Unheimlich", which expresses the strangeness of the stranger familiar.