|“ Madame la Loire ” © Yves Garandel|
Name: Yves Garandel
Bio: Born in 1943 in Paris, Yves Garandel started to draw and paint as a child and his first exhibition (at the age of 12) was organised jointly by his teacher and the local mayor at Collonge, Burgundy. After school he worked in horticulture at Versailles, taking evening courses at the Grande-Chaumière for two years, followed by two more at the Atelier, impasse Bellefeuille (both in Paris).
In 1966 he started to work abroad for a large telecommunications company, visiting Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Spain, Réunion and Mauritius. His evenings were spent painting in his hotel, exhibiting in various towns and galleries meanwhile.
He settled in Calais in 1974 and met with a group of painters who painted and exhibited together at the Maison de la Culture. Encouraged by his colleagues, he started showing at regional, national and international exhibitions. He moved to Rouen in 1976 . At first, his style is figurative, poetic and fantastic, with vegetation, sea beds and moon landscapes. In 1980 he had his cubist-naïve period and in the 1990s, his style veered towards Expressionism and Abstract.
In 1993 he moved to Réunion to paint its riotous colours. 1997 and 1998 are spent in Cuba and Mexico. His current work is inspired by the Loire in autumn, and the vineyards of Sancerre and Bordeaux.
Garandel has been winning awards for his work since 1976. His exhibitions are too numerous to list.
Medium: Pastel; acrylic; oil.
Style: Garandel says “My style mixes constructions in time, wavy rhythms and cyclonic turbulence : a perpetual motion of the world and nature. I am an atypical painter and work according to my desires and inspiration.”
« J'aime les couleurs qui "flashent", et pour moi, la vie est synonyme de rouge, de vert, de jaune... Me remettre en question, oser, étonner, amuser, c'est mon pain quotidien ! »
Navigation: This website provides both French and English language versions. They are not duplicates and there is an additional gallery of five paintings of Mexique in the French version that are not in the English version. Main menu remains available at all times at side of page.
Gallery: Paysages (Landscape); Abstrait (Abstract) ; Cuba; Reunion; Mexique (Mexico - French version only)
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