Presentation

Yann Lacroix was born in 1986. He lives and works in Paris. Graduated from the Fine Arts School in Clermont-Ferrand, he exclusively practices painting.
Yann Lacroix's landscapes deploy an utopian and fantasized iconography, guided by his memories of trips and the potential memory of these silent places. Their luxuriant appearance is reminiscent of the most popular travel destinations, which have become symptomatic of a desire to reconnect with a lost paradise, causing paradoxically the creation of artificial spaces. In his works, these places are transformed into a mirror of painting punctuated by the play of appearances. The blurred areas contrast with the detailed as a research around the potential evanescent nature of the images. Like metaphors of the process of memory, Yann Lacroix's works thus combine blurred spaces and particularly precise areas, creating strong contrasts.
Therefore, based on his memories (images gleaned from the Internet, stays abroad, everyday environment ...), the artist paints voluntarily composite landscapes, inhabited by exotic vegetation, tropical greenhouses and pools, made up of their own artificiality and empty of human presence, but whose trace of past or possible history brings sensuality and life : a reflection on heterotopias which takes form through these places both fantasized and borrowed from a poetry of everyday life as allegories of the painting itself.

Noticed recently in Paris at the 63rd Montrouge Salon in 2018 for his landscapes just as realistic as poetic and sensual, the young painter has participated in many group shows in France and abroad: in Poland (In translation at the Gallery Pracownia), in Thailand (Sandwiches at the Art Space Cartel), in Belgium (Hotel Europa (chapitre 2): Continents et anecdotes,curated by Mario-Théo Coppola,  Le 26 - Felix Frachon gallery, Brussels) as well as in several Parisian galleries and, from October 2019, at the Lambert Collection in Avignon. He has won numerous scholarships and residencies including Shakers in 2013, Chamalot in 2014, La Source in 2015, Fondation Dufraine from 2015 to 2017 and DomaineM in 2017 - as well as in Bangkok, where he spent two months at the Tars Gallery. He was a resident of Casa Velázquez in 2019.


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Education

2005 - 2010
École Supérieure d'art de Clermont Métropole, France

2008
École des beaux-arts de Porto, Portugal

Solo shows (selection)

2022
1432, Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, Paris, France

2021
The plot thinkens
, Centre d'Art Les églises, Chelles, France

2020
Sunset until Sunrise
, TARS Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2019
"Cela ne m'est pas inconnu", Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, Paris, France

2017
Paysages avec figures absentes, DomaineM, Cérilly, France

2012
L'impossible réalité, Les rencontres d'art contemporain, Cahors, France

Group shows (selection)

2022
Gestalt, À Cent Mètre du Centre du Monde, Perpignan, France
Shakers, 20 ans de résidence, Résidence Shakers, Montluçon, France?
Passage 2, Galerie Albada Jelgersma, Amsterdam, Netherland

2021
Le jour n'est pas si loin, Manifesta, Lyon, France
Les Partis pris d’Anne-Sarah Bénichou, curated by Henri Guette, Festival International du Livre et du Film d’art, Perpignan, France
2021 = 5, exposition anniversaire des 5 ans de la galerie, Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou, Paris, France

2020
Paysages/Présages (volet 2), collectif Körper, Le 6B, Saint-Denis, France

2019
¡Viva villa ! Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
Itinerance, Casa de Velasquez, Madrid, Spain

2018
Les géorgiques, galerie Detais, Paris, France
Utopia botanica, galerie Laure Roynette, Paris, France
Figurations Parisiennes, galerie T&L, Paris, France
Continents des anecdotes, Le 26-Félix Frachon gallery, curated by Mario-Théo Coppola,  Brussels, Belgium
63ème Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, France

2017
21ème Prix Antoine Marin, Espace Julio Gonzales, Arcueil, France
Les Secrets du Docteur F, Underconstruction Gallery, Paris, France
In mysterious ways 2, Passages pas sages, Underconstruction Gallery, Paris, France
Hotel Europa, Art Vilnus, Lituania
Cet espace sans ombre, Underconstruction Gallery, Paris, France
Le calme avant la tempête, Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris, France

2016
In translation, Pracownia Portraitu gallery, Lodz, Poland
Sandwiches, Cartel Art Space, Bangkok, Thailande
To be announced, TARS  Gallery,  Bangkok, Thailande
Matin, midi et  soir,  Galerie  Rue Visconti, Paris, France
Assemblage #1,  Ofr Gallery,  Paris, France

2015
Dépendance, Crash Gallery, Lille, France
Need, 11 rue d'Aix, Paris, France

Résidencies

2019
Artist member of Casa de Velasquez, Madrid, Spain

2017
DomaineM, Cérilly, France

2016
Tars Gallery, Bangkok, Thaïlande

2015
Fondation Dufraine, Academie des beaux-arts, Chars, France
La Source, La Guéroulde, France

2014
Chamalot, Chamalot, France

2013
Shakers, Montluçon, France

Grants

2013
Scholarships for creation support, DRAC Auvergne, France

2012
3rd prize Paliss'art, performance d'art contemporain, La Guéroulde, France

2011
Scholarships for creation support, DRAC Auvergne, France

Publications

2019
Catalogue des Membres de la Casa de Velazquez Descubrir el art, magazine, Spain

2018
Atelier A, Arte creative

2017
Cahiers n°12, Les éditons du DomaineM

2016
10 ans de résidence Chamalot, Chamalot résidence d'artistes

2015
Les vendanges de printemps 2014, Chamalot résidence d'artistes

2012
La belle revue 2011, Clermont-Ferrrand

2011
Les Enfants du Sabbat XII, éditions Le Creux de l'Enfer

2010
Première, 16è édition, éditions du CAC Meymac