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Saint-Raphaël (83), France
Born in Hyères in May 1969, Florence Levy lives and works in the south of France. Colors, materials, smells, Art and objects of curiosity rocked his childhood.... A dressmaker mother, a father passionate about art and antiquity (Napoleonic period) and a home that looks like an Ali Baba cave, have nourished her imagination...
His childhood offered him a rich and permanent abundance while developing his taste for research and experimentation... His quest for life takes root in his childhood perfumed with holidays in a small fisherman’s cabin at La Madrague near Giens or in Ajaccio. Roots and travels that have led him to develop an openness to the world.
"A graduate of the Ecole Supérieure d’Art in Aix-en-Provence and the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Grenoble, I learn and nourish myself with fascination from the Masters who guide my creation. The timelessness of D. Velasquez’s works and the power of L. de Vinci’s invention captivate me. I explore different media with which I approach the compositions of cubism invented by Braque and Picasso. Le Corbusier’s work as an architect challenges me & beyond the structure, I discover his philosophy of the collective "on how to live" and its pure, round & feminine forms. F. Léger’s autonomous geometric volumes, which create a dynamic antagonism between them, will bring reflection to my questions and allow me to brutalize tradition by pursuing my research on abstraction.The assemblages of forms animated by Calder’s movements of the air open my window on the dream but it is only when I confront the work of Niki de St Phalle that a disruption occurs in me, I quote the artist in 1953 "I started painting in the madmen... I discovered the dark universe of madness and its healing, I learned to translate into painting my feelings, fears, violence, hope and joy". Her oversized works and her risk-taking make me aware of the patriarchal scheme she breaks by clearly displaying her position as an artist-woman in the public space and I start my work on the power of colour that I tirelessly pursue by taking an interest in the works of another female artist, Sonia Delaunay who takes me on a notion of Art in everyday life.
My canvases gradually leave the frame to find themselves on the ground, like woven skins that are an integral part of the landscape that welcomes me. Colours orchestrated by an authentic and singular hand, a spontaneous gesture, cover the latter, burlesque forms that coexist with an imaginary world in search of living and accessible to All, gradually rising and unfolding in the public space, while seeking to dialogue with the viewer. I tend to invite the public not to remain inactive and to take their place in the process of reflection and redefinition of the patterns of functioning of our contemporary societies and thus advance the world... by occupying its place, healing force, my creations will gradually settle down as energetic light points, resting space or simply starting the healing process to advance in the search for respect for our inner child... "
Artistic residencies: Alassio (city in Italy -liguria), Picasso Museum (Antibes), Centre Botanique jardin exotique de Monaco, Jardin des Méditerranées domaine du Rayol Canadel, Centre de rechercghe botanique Hanburry in collaboration with the University of Genoa (Italy), Espace labelled FRAC PACA "les Bulles" co-organised with the DAC Paca - St-Raphaël (Var) - Unité de la Couleur et de recherche usine PPG Seigneurie (Lille). Study trip Jerusalem (study of Niki de Saint-Phalle and Calder’s pieces), the five Earths (Italy) and soon The United States (Niki Charitable Art Foundation in San Diego, then in Los Angeles at the Atelier Haligon Olivier Olivier, enlarger of works of art.
public commission for the realization of a monumental work in the public space 185 m long and 4.50 m high "the New World". - many residencies in nursery, primary and secondary schools on the subject of "giving the child the right speech".