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S. Wood


S. Wood


Raphaëlle BERTRAN



Oil and spray paint on canvas

Raphaëlle Bertran’s works are paintings “à clef” layering different levels of meaning. In S.Wood, behind a dark surface, a threatening sun breaks through. The large canvas is inhabited by evanescent figures: the light blinds; the animal, vegetal, and human organisms dissolve, twist, and dislocate.

“I’m setting up an iconography where the human body isn’t just a harmonic measure between two infinities, but an organism destined for disfigurement, acephality, torture, and animality,” explains Raphaëlle Bertran. “We experience filth, the ‘Immonde’. The ‘Immonde’ is what is beyond this world, that doesn’t belong in this world. We open the occult door to a possible permanent reality, sinister and enigmatic.”
Raphaëlle BERTRAN
Born in 1992
Raphaëlle Bertran graduated from the Sorbonne (in aesthetics and philosphy of art) and the Beaux-Arts de Paris. The winner of the Alberic Rocheron painting Prize, awarded to her by the Académie Française in 2021, the same year, she was selected for the Prize of Societe Generale Art Collection, as well as the Prize of the Friends of Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2018. Her approach involves painting and video: whatever medium she chooses, her works are both nocturnal and sunny.
According to artist Marc Desgrandchamps, “These compositions seem to condense human history, a world where terror, the absurd, and life force blend into a very contemporary reflection of the world, a topicality restored from scenes borrowed from the matter of the past.”

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BERTRAN Raphaëlle

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