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Hervé Di Rosa

Hervé Di Rosa

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Hervé Di Rosa was born in Sète (France) in 1959. He lives and works in Paris, Mexico City and around the world.

After studying at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, he presented his first Parisian exhibition, "Finir en Beauté", in 1981. The artist was then honored in Amsterdam and Düsseldorf, then at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Winner of the Fondation Médicis, he lived for two years in New York, where the Barbara Gladstone Gallery presented his work. He also participated in the 1985 Paris Biennale, for which he designed the poster. In 1989, Hervé di Rosa collaborated for the first time with local artisans by producing two silk-screen prints in an advertising print shop in Tunis. In 2000, he founded the Musée International des Arts Modestes in Sète. From the Sogetsu Kai Kan Foundation in Tokyo to the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, via the Evo Gallery in Santa Fe, the artist travels the world to interweave the cultures and modes of expression of each country where he resides.

A contemporary French painter, he was, along with Richard Di Rosa, François Boisrond, Rémi Blanchard and Robert Combas, one of the main architects of the French "Figuration Libre" movement, a revival of painting in the 1980s, a painting that often borrowed from comic books, rock and graffiti. The liveliness and tones found in the work of Hervé di Rosa, make him a globe-trotting artist nourished by the cultures of the world, a true journey of initiation: Miami, Mexico, Africa, Cuba, Israel, Vietnam, South Africa, Haiti, Tunisia ... The artist is in line with the news of his time with a colorful style, graphic painting with reference to popular arts. He claims his belonging to a mass urban culture.

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Hervé Di Rosa's Career

In 1981, as a starting point, he exhibited at Bernard Lamarche-Vadel's, then in Nice in the middle of the year; it was during the exhibition of that summer in the south of France that Ben coined the term "Figuration libre" to define the pictorial movement represented by François Boisrond, Rémi Blanchard, Robert Combas, Catherine Viollet or Jean-Charles Blais.

In 2000, he founded with Bernard Belluc the Musée international des arts modestes in Sète.

In 2012, he exhibited his large formats at the ENCAN space in La Rochelle10. In 2014, he installed the "Modest Tropics" at the musée du quai Branly11. Hervé Di Rosa has been represented by the gallery Louis Carré [archive] & Cie since 1993.

In April 2019, a petition by Julien Suaudeau and Mame-Fatou Niang demanded the removal of one of his works installed at the National Assembly in 1991 on the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in 1794, with the artist defending himself of any racism (the photo of the painting in question has since been removed from the website of the assembly).

  • The Great Bazaar of the Multiverse, Hervé Di Rosa, AD Galerie, Montpellier, June 26 to July 30, 2015

  • Never again alone. Hervé Di Rosa and the modest arts, La Maison Rouge, Paris, 22.10.2016 - 22.01.2017

Shadow theater, Hervé DI Rosa, Espace Jacques Villeglé in Saint Gratien, 27 April 2017 - 24 June 2017

  • Hervé Di Rosa : l'œuvre au monde, La Piscine - musée d'art et d'industrie André Diligent de Roubaix La Piscine (musée), 20 October 2018 - 20 January 2019

  • Hervé Di Rosa. Ses sources, ses démons, 22 March 2022 - 28 August 2022, Musée de Valence15
Group Exhibitions


  • Paris, Museum of the History of Immigration, "Music Migrations Paris-London 1962-1989"
  • Les Sables d'Olonne, Musée de l'Abbaye Sainte Croix, "Aux sources des années 80. Eighties and Echoes".
  • Bordeaux, CAPC, "Art History seeks characters..."


  • Paris, La Maison rouge, "L'Envol"
  • Sète, MIAM, "Escapes-Art without Freedom"
  • Liege, Belgium, Museum of Walloon Life, "The Garden of Paradox - Regards sur le Cirque Divers à Liege"
  • Paris, ICI Gallery, "Im what I'm
  • Paris, Institut du Monde Arabe, "For a museum in Palestine, the collection of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Palestine"
  • Paris, BNF, "L'Atelier Franck Bordas
  • Albi, Le Lait Art Center, "Stories from the city
  • Marseille, Centre de la Vieille Charité, "Jazz & Love
  • Sète, Paul Valéry Museum, "Painting and Poetry
  • Marseille, Tchikebe, "The science of disorder"


  • Annecy, Déambule-Festival des paysages, "Hervé Di Rosa - Théâtre d'Ombres"
  • Cajarc, MAGCP, "Espèce d'objet!"
  • Madrid, French Institute, "Don Quijote. Miradas francesas contemporáneas"
  • Sète, MIAM, "Escapes - Art without freedom"
  • Granada, Centro Federico García Lorca, "DonQuijote!"
  • Landerneau, Fonds Hélène et Édouard Leclerc, "Libres Figurations- Années 80"


  • Aachen, Ludwig Forum für internationale kunst, Around the world in 86 days
  • Toulouse, les Abattoirs -Frac Midi Pyrénées, "Centrifuge
  • Paris, La Halle Saint Pierre, "L'esprit singulier
  • Marseille, La Friche Belle de Mai, "Underbrut
  • Boulogne, Colas Foundation, "New acquisitions
  • "Enlightened mind, free mind", Espace Bagouet, Montpellier


  • Châtellerault, Centre d'art contemporain, "Identity
  • Issoudun, Musée de l'Hospice Saint-Roch, "Dehors-Dedans".
  • Sète, Paul Valéry Museum, " Figuration libre, historique d'une aventure ".
  • Toulon, Toulon Museum of Art, "Artists' Delights".


  • Paris, La Maison Rouge, "The Wall The Antoine de Galbert collection".
  • L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Fondation Villa Datris, " Sculpture du Sud...d'une rive à l'autre de la Méditerranée ".
  • Dinard, Palais des Arts et du Festival, "Le Festin de l'art".
  • Paris, Odile Ouizeman Gallery, "Draw Eros!
  • Céret, Museum of Modern Art of Céret, "The painter and the Arena. Art and bullfighting, from Goya to Barceló".