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4rt.fr is Raphaël Thierry’s official website wich aims to present the diversity of its artistic practices and its different approaches in the field of visual arts through Årtworks, a series of short films and Årtbooks, a collection of books. The website also retraces his artistic journey by giving an overview of Årtshows, exhibitions and events he has made so far as well as those that are ongoing or incoming. Finally Årt.fr has its own shopping platform, the Årtstore, which offers the possibility to acquire original works, objects and unique pieces in an exclusive way and many other services.

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Statement

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I do what I can. I always try to start from scratch and satisfy my curiosity. I learn from failure and I am aware that I know very little. I believe in knowledge gained through practice. I want to ask questions and explore, not get answers or find anything. The artwork comes first. It does what it wants. The artwork emerges by itself.

I deeply believe that the artwork speaks out, just like music speaks out. But it’s not about language. I think it’s not even about communicating anything. It’s about escaping communication, which demands effort. Perhaps, over a lifetime. Here is my quest, tending towards that freedom.

Variety of approaches

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My aliases have grown throughout my practice. They have been there since the beginning and imposed themselves to me by their different approach and point of view. It started as a game in which they became the rules. They help me organize and stimulate my practice. Raphael is in the eye, he questions reality. Klaus is in the gesture, he questions abstraction. Paolo is in the mind, he questions the process. But in their practice, the borders are porous. Nothing is fixed.
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Raphaël

Under my surname, I question reality and its interpretation. The intention does not lie in the desire to represent or figurate the real, but in the search for its evocation, its incarnation by and in matter, in search of a completely different reality: that of the artwork itself. So I rely initially on my perception of reality [ what I see and which stimulate the desire to do ] in order to immerse myself in the process of transfiguration offered by matter and thus explore its field of possibilities.
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Klaus

With Klaus Ramka it’s the relation to the abstract form that I explore. The search by the gesture of a writing freed from the relation with reality. Expand the field of possibilities from a single sign. Klaus Ramka’s vision is based on a single abstract form he calls totem. Originally rectangular shape that evokes schematically the features of a mask: two eyes, a nose, a mouth. The principle of his pictorial practice rests mainly on his serial aspect: the same pattern repeated to infinity in the most varied forms and techniques. It’s in the game and the exploration of these variations that he deploys his formal universe.
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Paolo

In the case of Paolo Cari, everything starts with an idea, an intuition or a questioning before any action. His practice is to rely on an activity of the mind, by essence intangible, to lead to a physical reality, without premeditation of form or process and focus the attention on the drifts and mutations that take place in the progression from one towards the other. It is therefore how starting from an idea, generate an object or an artwork. Unlike my other two approaches, the particularity of this one involves always the elaboration of a new way of working specific to each project both in its technical aspect as in its method. This approach certainly stems from my fascination for the study of the mechanisms in the artistic creation process.
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Biography

Raphaël Thierry is a multidisciplinary visual artist.

Drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, installation, photography, animation, graphic design, illustration, typography, design and architecture form the whole set of disciplines that he explores and that intersect in his artistic practice.

Resume

Graduated with honor from the Superior School of Graphic Design ESAG Met de Penninghen in 1994 he choosed to be independant and start working as freelance graphic designer.

In 2000 and 2001, he publish as author and illustratora collection of 14 books for children : the adventures of superdog. Grraphic design and art direction will remain his principal activities until 2004, when he apply for the Villa Medici grant in the Visual Arts.

Winner of the residency as a boarder of the French Academy in Rome, he resides in Villa Medici from 2005 to 2006. From then on, he devoted himself exclusively to his artistic projects and personal research. He holds numerous exhibitions and performances in France and abroad.

The 12 th of january 2019, a gas explosion devastated his Parisian studio based rue de Trévise. Since then, he has concentrated his activity near Avignon, in a old honey factory which he has been renovating as art studios since his return from Rome.

Collaborations

Since 1996, he has collaborated with the writer and philosopher Federico Nicolao with whom he published the Medesima Ombra in 2004 and has produced several publications and books including Études Vol. I and II. combining drawings and poetic fragments

In 2005 at the beginning of his residency, he met the composer Jérôme Combier at the Villa Medici during a collaboration for the Nuit Blanche in Rome. In 2006, Jérôme Combier invited him to create a plastic form for the representations of his cycle Vies silencieuses interpreted by the Cairn ensemble. Jérôme Combier is also at the origin of his encounter with percussionist Sylvain Lemêtre who initiates the project Totem di sabbia where sound and image dialogue in a singular form, between performance and improvisation.

In 2008, he created the ◊ duo with director Christian Volckman and since then has been producing in tandem four-handed films, paintings, murals and performances.

In 2010, the director Stéphane Braunchweig asked him to create multiple portraits of the character of Lulu played by Chloé Réjon as well as a video for his staging of Frank Wedekind’s play at the Théâtre National de la Colline.

In 2019, he meets Thomas Gayet with whom he develops the website 4rt.fr as well as beedition.com, an online publishing house. Raphaël Thierry creates with the director Didier Rouget and Jean-Louis Padis, producer and director of photography with whom he collaborates since 2007 the collection of short films < Årtworks > appearing on 4rt.fr website.

Awards

2015 CNC quality Prize for the music video, ZAZ « Sous le ciel de Paris », with ◊ - suburb production.
2005 Recipeint of the Villa Medici Grant, French Academy in Rome.
2004 Prix Met de Penninghen 2004, Paris.
1994 Dragon d’or, École Supérieure d’Arts Graphiques ESAG Penninghen, Paris.

Private collections

Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Libanon, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Wales.

Public collections

Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, Centre culturel de l’Ouest- France. Campredon Centre d’art, L’Isle-sur -la Sorgue - France. Mairie de L’Isle-sur -la Sorgue, Vaucluse - France. Mairie du 9 ème arrondissement, Paris- France.

Personal Exhibitions

2021 De la postérité du soleil - .4rtgallery, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2020 Guest artist solo show - Upcycling festival, Village des antiquaires de la gare, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2020 Quo Vadis - Musée Vouland, Avignon- France.
2020 Écorchés - Galerie Un lieu une œuvre, Ménerbes - France.
2018 Ici et Maintenant - Tour d’argent, espace FMR, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2018 Ex Natura - avec Guillaume Castel, Galerie Ariane C-Y, Paris - France.
2017 Eyes of war - avec ◊, War On Screen, Festival international, Châlons-en-Champagne - France.
2017 Rush - avec ◊ Carbone O, FMR place culturelle, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2017 Vers l’abîme - Tour d’argent, FMR place culturelle, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2017 Aria - Nano Chapelle, FMR place culturelle, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2017 New Horizons - Bernard Chauchet Contemporary Art, Londres - Royaume-Uni.
2017 Bruissements - Galerie Un lieu une œuvre, Ménerbes - France.
2016 Te Video - Galerie Un lieu une œuvre, Ménerbes - France.
2015 Verso l’alto - Galerie Ariane C-Y, Paris - France.
2015 Let’s fly to the moon - with ◊, 224 Space gallery, Miami - États-Unis.
2014 Reach for the Moon - with ◊, Waltman Ortega Fine art, Miami - États-Unis.
2013 Moon - avec ◊, Galerie Olivier Waltman, Paris - France.
2013 Dérives - Campredon Centre d’art, L’Isle-sur-la Sorgue - France.
2013 Backstage - avec ◊, le Quai - Forum des arts vivants, Angers - France.
2012 Camera Obscura - Galerie Pascal Lainé, Ménerbes - France.
2011 Window - Bernard Chauchet Contemporary Art, Londres - Royaume-Uni.
2011 Holyfood - with ◊, Waltman Ortega Fine Art, Miami - États-Unis.
2011 Ein blick in der Büchse - Galerie ALFA project, Paris - France.
2011 Holyfood - with ◊, Olivier Waltman, Paris - France.
2010 Caverne - Campredon Centre d’art - hors les murs, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2010 Ardet In Hostem - Musée de Campredon, Centre d’art, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2010 Theflow Food - with ◊, La Passerelle, Fontevraud Abbey - France.
2010 Amor Fati - La Maison sur la Sorgue, Galerie Annie Lagier, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2009 Variations - Thirteen Langton Street Gallery, Londres - Royaume-Uni.
2009 Theflow Hunt - with ◊, One Shot Gallery, Paris - France.
2007 Fields of Dust - Espace Carte blanche Gallery, Paris - France.
2007 Identita # 1 - Art Container Gallery, Rome - Italie.
2006 Fra i tuoi colori le ombre - Royaumont Abbey - France.
2006 Visions in dust - Atelier del Bosco, Villa Medici, Rome - Italie.

Group Exhibitions

2019 10 ans - Galerie Un lieu une œuvre, Ménerbes - France.
2018 30Th London Artfair - Bernard Chauchet Contemporary Art Gallery, Londres - Royaume-Uni.
2017 Chacun son cep - Arthotèque au Domaine de la citadelle, Ménerbes - France.
2017 London Artfair - Bernard Chauchet Contemporary Art, Chelsea, Londres - Royaume-Uni.
2016 A rebours - Galerie Ariane C-Y, Paris - France.
2016 Dehors - Stills of peace, Atri - Italie.
2016 YIA bruxelles - Galerie Ariane C-Y, Bruxelles - Belgique.
2016 Sogni d’oro - Album arte, Rome - Italie.
2016 Éclats - Galerie Ariane C-Y, Paris - France.
2015 YIA Art Fair #5 - Carreau du temple, Galerie Ariane C-Y, Paris - France.
2015 Guns - Carton Noir, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2014 Solstices - Galerie Ariane C-Y & Galerie DDC, Paris - France.
2014 Otium Foris - Galerie Ariane C-Y, Paris - France.
2014 The Pure Lust of Life and Love - Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscou - Russie.
2014 Art Wynwood - Waltman Ortega Fine Art Gallery, Miami - États-Unis.
2013 96° in the shade - Galerie Waltman Ortega Fine Art, Miami - États-Unis.
2012 Spontaneous Combustion - Galerie Waltman Ortega Fine Art, Miami - États-Unis.
2012 L’art d’aimer - Palais des lumières, Ville d’Évian - France.
2011 Art London - Bernard Chauchet Contemporary Art Gallery, Londres - Royaume-Uni.
2011 Drawing Now Paris - Galerie ALFA, Paris - France.
2011 Art Chicago - Galerie Olivier Waltman, Chicago - États-Unis.
2010 Art Paris - Galerie Olivier Waltman, Paris - France.
2010 Art Miami - Waltman Ortega Fine Art Gallery, Miami - États-Unis.
2010 Art London - Bernard Chauchet Contemporary Art Gallery, Chelsea, Londres - Royaume-Uni.
2010 Blitz - ALFA Gallery, Paris - France.
2009 Art London - Bernard Chauchet Contemporary Art Gallery, Londres - Royaume-Uni.
2008 Art London - Thirteen Langton Street Gallery, Londres - Royaume-Uni.
2007 Art London - Thirteen Langton Street Gallery, Londres - Royaume-Uni.
2006 The landscape of the mediterranean - Thirteen Langton Street Gallery, Londres - Royaume-Uni.
2005 À la Surface - Notte Bianca, with Jérôme Combier, Grandes Galeries, Villa Medici, Rome - Italie.
2003 Parcours de l’Art - Saint-Louis Cloister, Avignon - France.

Live performances & Events

2020 Parole d’artiste - Upcycling festival, Village des antiquaires de la gare, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2020 Rencontre - Musée Vouland, Avignon - France
2019 Carte blanche - with Sylvain Lemêtre, Atelier du plateau Paris - France.
2018 Totem di Sabbia - with Sylvain Lemêtre, 20 ans de l’Ensemble Cairn, théâtre de Vanves - France.
2018 Soirées singulières - with Sylvain Lemêtre, 20 ans de l’Ensemble Cairn, Scène nationale d’Orléans - France.
2017 Eyes of war - with ◊, filmed performance , WO & ECPAD, Paris - France.
2017 Cinevog - with ◊, FMR place culturelle, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2017 Crazy Danieli - with ◊, West Palm Beach Spring Art Festival, Palm Beach - États-Unis.
2016 Te Video - Galerie Un lieu une œuvre, Ménerbes - France.
2015 U © what you ® - with ◊, Fine Arts Auction - Urban Week Art Miami, Miami - États-Unis.
2014 Reach for the Moon - with ◊, Art Wynwood Miami artfair, Miami - États-Unis.
2014 Launchtime - with ◊, Stop-Motion, Studio 13/16 - Centre Pompidou, Paris - France.
2013 Improvisations - Nuit Européenne des Musées, Campredon Centre d’art, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2013 TheflowLab - with ◊, Le Quai - Forum des arts vivants, Angers - France.
2012 Traces - avec Sylvain Lemêtre et l’ensemble Cairn, Arras Théâtre, Arras - France.
2011 Reflexions - with Mara Dobrescu and Ràzvan Popovici, Sonoro - 6th, Bucharest - Romanie.
2010 Traces - with Sylvain Lemêtre and Jérôme Combier, Nuit des Musées, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - France.
2009 Vies silencieuses - Contemporary Music Festival, Bludenz - Autriche.
2009 Dust Visions - Thirteen Langton Street, Londres - Royaume-Uni.
2008 Vies silencieuses - Archipel Music Festival, Geneve - Suisse.
2007 Blank Page - Espace Carte Blanche Gallery, Paris - France.
2007 Identita # 1 - Art Container Gallery, Rome - Italie.
2006 Vies silencieuses - with Ensemble Cairn Royaumont Music Festival, Royaumont Abbey - France.
2005 Vies silencieuses - with Jérôme Combier, Why Note Music Festival, Dijon - France.
2005 À la surface - Notte Bianca, Grandes Galeries, Villa Medici, Rome - Italie.

Publications

2014 The book of love - Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscou - Russie.
2013 Raphaël Thierry, Dérives, Éditions de la ville de L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Vaucluse - France.
2011 Chambre noire, Edtion d’artiste, Alpha Project, Paris - France.
2011 Cats Theflow à Fontevraud, avec Christian Volckman,Abbaye de Fontevraud - France.
2011 Le Paris du dessin in Artpress n°377 - France.
2011 Raphaël Thierry : Un coup d’œil dans la boîte in Telerama Sortir n°3190 - France.
2011 Echos d’expos in Azart n°49 - France.
2010 Totems de sable, texte de Federico Nicolao, Quaderni di Chorus, Gênes - Italie.
2010 Klaus Ramka, Ardet In Hostem, Éditions de la ville de L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Vaucluse - France.
2010 Corps, Sillages Éditions, Vaucluse - France.
2010 Klaus Ramka Bible, in Chorus n°6, Gênes - Italie.
2010 Expositions - Blitz in Artpress n°371 - France.
2008 Épreuves du Mystère, Édition Éreme, Paris - France.
2008 Klaus Ramka Impressione, in Chorus n°5, Gênes - Italie.
2008 Résistances, Sillages Éditions, Vaucluse - France.
2008 Festival Archipel in Tribune de Genève - Suisse.
2007 Etudes I et Etudes II, avec Federico Nicolao, Edition d’artiste.
2007 Non un giorno senza una linea, in Chorus n°4, Gênes - Italie.
2007 Raphaël Thierry, Fields of Dust in Paris Art - France.
2007 Identita in Exibart, exibart.com - Italie.
2007 Il libro d’artista, un oggetto del futuro in Domus n° 895 - Italie.
2006 Pini avec Béatrice Leca, in Chorus n°3, Gênes - Italie.
2006/ Nelle stanze dei giovani talenti Che sognano in grande, D La repubblica delle donne, n° 496 - Italie.
2005 Version Magazine : Coloring Book avec Mircea Cantor, Paris - France.
2005 La Villa Médicis, un théâtre où tout reste à inventer, in Point de vue magazine, n° 2991 - France.
2004 La Medesima Ombra, texte de Federico Nicolao, Éditions Io, Paris - France.
2004 Totem act on Tilda Swinton ‘in the spirit of Derek Jarman’, in Chorus n°2, Gênes - Italie.
2003 Aube in Pensée art contemporain, Barcelone - Espagne.
2003 Exercice de style, in Chorus n°1, Gênes - Italie.
2001 Mistral. Une aventure de Superchien, Éditions Magnard, Paris - France.
2001 Soleil d’été : Une petite aventure de Superchien, Éditions Magnard, Paris - France.
2001 Joyeux Noël. Une aventure de Superchien, Éditions Magnard, Paris - France.
2001 Polaire. Une aventure de Superchien, Éditions Magnard, Paris - France.
2001 Air de printemps. Une aventure de Superchien, Éditions Magnard, Paris - France.
2001 Ami d’hiver. Une aventure de Superchien, Éditions Magnard, Paris - France.
2001 Parfum d’automne. Une aventure de Superchien, Éditions Magnard, Paris - France.
2000 Ici et là. Une aventure de Superchien, Éditions Magnard, Paris - France.
2000 De passage. Une aventure de Superchien, Éditions Magnard, Paris - France.
2000 Déluge. Une aventure de Superchien, Éditions Magnard, Paris - France.
2000 Mirage. Une aventure de Superchien, Éditions Magnard, Paris - France.
2000 Pleine Lune. Une aventure de Superchien, Éditions Magnard, Paris - France.
2000 Solitude. Une aventure de Superchien, Éditions Magnard, Paris - France.

Credits

Website Årt.fr

Conception & art direction Raphaël Thierry
Editorial direction & webmastering Thomas Gayet
Ergonomics Thierry & Thomas Gayet
Software architecture & coordination Thomas Gayet & Nguyen Van Thiep
Development & programming Nguyen Van Thiep

Sequences Årtworks

Entrée en matière Caviardage Nu Aria Face à face Noirs de totems
Dust to dust Correspondances Nowhere Murmurs Écorchés Traces
TerraTerra Minusculptures Moleska identita Conscience ExLibris
Conception Raphaël Thierry
Director Didier Rouget
Director of photography Jean-louis Padis
Editing & sound Didier Rouget
Production Manuel Cam & 4rtwork Raphaël Thierry

Others Årtworks

Creation Conception & direction Raphaël Thierry / Klaus Ramka / Paolo Cari
Production Manuel Cam & 4rtwork Raphaël Thierry
manuel cam Artwork raphael thierry