ARTWORKS

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1951, Jean-Claude Meynard lives and works in Paris and Valbonne. He is considered one of the major figures in Fractal art. His work as a visual artist, ranging from hyperrealism to fractal geometry and digital art, focuses on exploring the complexity of reality and the place of mankind within it.

For more than 35 years, Meynard, in four major phases, has renewed the complex artistic universe through pictorial, sculptural and digital creations. Classified and named by critics, the four periods are respectively called Hyperrealism (1974-76), Geometry of the Enigmas (1976-1980), Geography of the Bodies (1980-1992) and Fractal Dimension of Man (1992 to the present).

It was in 1994, the year in which he co-authored the "Fractalist" Manifesto, that he abandoned the Euclidean perspective in order to pursue the principles of expansion, saturation, and infinite networks. Pushing back the fundamentals of the classical representation of outline and space, the artist strove to create images where geometry becomes that of excess and immoderation.

His work is conceived as a constantly evolving arborescence which switches between different operating modes: paintings, sculptures, installations, residences. Constantly shifting the form of representation, the artist comes up with a novel idea and source of inspiration every time when he makes a change.

In 2005, the city of Évreux devoted a double exhibition to the artist. The exhibitions focused on his cycle of Fractal Residences. Investing in a space to its totality, the artist breaks up the architecture and multiplies the perspectives. Organized destructuration occurs where imaginary spaces echoes each other.

Since 2007, the artist has worked specifically on one of the icons which symbolizes complexity: The Tower of Babel. He created a graphic algorithm of human silhouettes as a matrix which declines in the shadows of these emblematic sculptural forms: the Tower, the Pyramid, the Glass Monoliths, the Sphere ... These Towers of Babel are displayed in China, Turkey, Italy and France. To this day, four Towers of Babel are installed around the Mediterranean.

Currently, Jean-Claude Meynard is working on the concept of Hybrids and other Mutations. By applying his fractal vision of the world to the animal representation, he shows a new figuration of fractal art, which represents a premonitory approach to the metamorphoses of the 21st century.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Major Exhibitions

• " Metamorphosis of Jean-Claude Meynard - The Fractal Bestiary " in China, Shanghai, Galerie Dumonteil - March 13th to April 12th, 2016
• In Hong Kong - Art Central Hong Kong - March 24th to March 27th, 2016
• In Beijing - Art Beijing - April 29th to May 2nd, 2016
• “The Fractal Animal That I am" at Palazzo Tagliaferro Centre d'Art, Andora, Italy - October 3rd to December 13th, 2015
• Presentation of the work " Pegasus" at Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong - October 3rd to October 7th, 2015
• " The Fractal Bestiary of Jean-Claude Meynard " - Series of Metamorphoses - Galerie Dumonteil, Paris - June 2nd to July 31st, 2015
• " Archi - Sculptures ", Villa Datris Foundation, Isle sur la Sorgue, Vaucluse, France - May 14th to November 1st, 2015
• The " Meta-Cube of Jean-Claude Meynard " in hommage to Pierre Laffitte at the Sophia-Antipolis Foundation, Alpes-Maritimes, France - April 2015
• " Art Paris 2015 ", Great Palace, Galerie Lélia Mordoch, Paris, France - March 26th to March 29th, 2015
• " Art of Infinity ", Lelia Mordoch Gallery, Miami, U.S.A. -  December 1st, 2014 to January 3rd, 2015, with Yvaral, Joël Stein, Julio Le Parc.
• “Digital Arts Festival”, Verrières-le-Buisson, Essonne, France - December 12th to December 14th, 2014
• " Scope Miami Beach - International Contemporary Art Show ", Miami, U.S.A. - December 2nd to December 7th, 2014
• " Art Élysées 2014 " - Paris, France - October 23nd to October 27th, 2014
• " Metamorphoses, Hybrids and other Mutations…" at Galerie Lelia Mordoch, Paris-Miami - April to May 2014
• " Art Paris 2014 ", Great Palace, Galerie Lelia Mordoch - March 2014
• " Fractal Art to Decipher Contemporary Complexity", Jean-Claude Meynard’s seminar for Mathematics week, Centre International de Valbonne Sophia-Antipolis, Alpes-Maritimes, France - March 21st, 2014
• " Art and Infinity", exhibition with Miguel Chevalier, François Morellet, Julio Le Parc, Yvaral — Galerie Leila Mordoch, Paris - February to March, 2014
• " A Generation? The Painters of the 1970s in the Collection of Villa Tamaris Art Center”, [La Seyne-sur-Mer], Var, France - March to June 2013
• " The Fractal Mansions of Jean-Claude Meynard in the Alpes-Maritimes ", France - February to April 2013
• " Meynard, a Fractal Residence in Sauve ", La Maison des Comtes, Sauve, Gard, France - August-September 2012
• Inauguration of the monumental sculpture "World" at Valbonne Sophia Antipolis, Alpes-Maritimes, France - May 2012
• International Fair of Contemporary Art of Istanbul [archive] - November 2012
• " The Fractal Butterfly of Meynard, Time to Time ", Galerie Riff Art Projects - Istanbul 2012
• " Babel, Marching Utopia ", Pôle Culturel de Brignoles, Var, France - 2011
• " The Book, The Film, and the Hybrid ", Paris, France 2010
• " Babel, The Geometry of Enigmas", Centre d’Art Villa Tamaris, La Seyne-sur-Mer, France - 2010
• " Babel " Art Paris in Great Palace, Paris, France - 2010
• " Babel " Galerie Riff Art Projects Paris, France - 2009
• " Babel " Istanbul Art Fair, Turkey- 2009
• " Babel " Shenzhen, China - 2008
• " Tranparenze Frattali ", Ca 'Nigra, Grand Canal, Venice - 2007
• “ The Fractal Bodies ", Galerie Maretti Arte Monaco - 2006
• " Fractal Meynard ", Musée d'Evreux et Maison des arts - 2005
• " The Infinities ", Art Paris, Carrousel du Louvres - Paris – 2001
• " Tohu Bohu ", Galerie de l'Etoile, France - 1994
• " Echoes", Discoveries 91, Great Palace, Paris, France - 1991
• " The Raft of the Muses ", Galerie Lamaignère Saint Germain -1988
• " The Body and Graphics", Galerie Jean Pierre Lavignes - 1983
• " Games" Zoma Gallery, New York - 1981
• " The Black Series", Galerie Actual, Basel - 1978
• " Schizophrenia ", French Cultural Institute, Cologne, Germany - 1976
• " Hyperrealism ", De Novum, Dusseldorf - 1975
• " Meynard Hyperrealism", FIAC – 1975


Books

• Gérard Xurigiera, "A look at Contemporary Painting”, Arted edition,1984
• Gérard Xurigiera, "Figuration 1960s to the 1980s", Arted edition, 1985
• Jean Claude Chirollet, “Fractalist Art, The Complexity of the Gaze", 00H00 edition, 1999
• Susan Condé, “The Fractality in Contemporary Art", The Difference edition, 2001
• Henri-François Debailleux, "Meynard", Editorial Supervisor Gilles Bastianelli, Fragments edition, 2004
• Hervé Gauville, "Art Since 1945 (Groups et Movements)", Hazan edition, 2007
• Robert Bonaccorsi, "Meynard Babel, The Geometry of Enigmas", Designer Gilles Bastianelli, Fragments International, 2010
• Lynn Gamwell, " Mathematics + Art - A Cultural History ", Princeton University Edition 2015.

EXHIBITIONS

2016.03.13 – 2016.04.03
Shanghai, China

PUBLICATIONS