Hervé Di Rosa, French (1959 - )

French Neo-Pop artist Hervé Di Rosa was born in Sète, France in 1959. His signature caricatures have been described by critics as bold, loud, crass, sexual and expressionistic, but always in keeping with the spirit of Pop. The French-born artist, aloof to the conventions of high-art, has embraced the so-called crafts for over 25 years and has unorthodoxly adopted an aesthetic akin to the common people.

For the last fourteen years Di Rosa has traveled the world applying his bold designs to traditional techniques. He began his tour du monde in Sophia creating his own icons in the traditional Bulgarian icon-painting style. From there he went on to design woven baskets with Zulu craftsmen in South African, Mullah (sewn clothes) in Colombia, bronze sculptures with Bamouan artisans in West Cameroon, lacquers in Vietnam, and sequin Voodoo flags in Haiti. Di Rosa has actively incorporated and revitalized the world crafts by integrating them into his own work.

Hervé Di Rosa's work has been featured by many prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Groningen, Netherlands, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Grand-Palais, Paris, Centre d'Art Contemporain de Flaines, Cluses, and the Museo de Arte Contemporánero de Oaxaca, Mexico.

Di Rosa was commissioned to execute numerous public frescoes and murals in Italy, France, Japan, and Mexico. He was awarded the Medicis Foundation Prize to travel to New York. His exhibitions have been reviewed internationally in Artnews, Art Actuel, The New York Times, Artweek, and Flashart, among others. In 2000, in keeping with his passion for the traditional arts, Di Rosa founded the MIAM, International Museum of Modest Art, in Sète, France, where he has showcased works by many international contemporary craft artists.

Di Rosa lives and works in Miami and Paris.

2004   Aix-en-Provence : « Mexico, 10e étape autour du monde
2004   Paris, Speerstra Gallery : CRASH/H.DIROSA
2004   Paris, Galerie Louis Carré : Mexico, 2nd Part
2004   Saint-Etienne, Art dans la ville: Il y a des gens bons dans l’art
2004   Villeneuve d’Ascq, Musée d’art moderne: La Ferme d’en haut : Recuerdos de México
2004   France : La rue aux artistes by Viacom Outdoor, 6000 billboards in France exhibit 20 french artists and residents during july and august.
2004   Miami, USA : ID International at Dot Fiftyone Gallery in december.
2004   Miami, USA : Miami now at the World Arts Building, december.
2003   Personal exhibition in Puebla (Mexico), Lyon (Galerie Confluences) and Paris (Galerie l’Entrepôt).
2002   MACO in Oaxaca, then in the cities of Monterrey, Merida, Puebla and Mexico City, Mexico, Louis Carré & Co., Paris
2002   Château of Vascoeuil (Normandie, France)
2002   Dewart Gallery in Bruxelles (Belgium)
2001   Participates in the retrospective "Il était une fois la figuration libre", Paris.
2001   Exhibits the prints from the journey around the world in "Impressions autour du monde" at the Gravelines Museum, "Petit tour du monde" in Paris and at the Rendez-vous de l'Erdre in Nantes
2000   Collective exhibitions in France (Montpellier, Nîmes, L'Ile-sur-Sorgue, Bastia, Moirans-en-Montagne, Venice, Paris, Uzès, Menton, Gruissan), participates in the 5th Biennale of Contemporary Art in Lyons and the Biennial of Prints in Cairo.
1999   Other one-man shows in Annecy, Avignon, Marseillan, Sète, Istanbul, Panazol, Limoges, and celebrates the entry of the year 2000 in Annecy with an environment carried out with the assistance of Patrick Bouchain.
1999   Collective exhibitions in France (Paris, Le Mans, Mazamet, Quarante, Clermont-Ferrand) and in Finland Helsinki, Turku).
1998   Exhibits his works from Corsica at Patrimonio, and his worksfrom the four corners of the world, in Paris, Saint-Leonardo-de-Noblat, Le Marchin and Le Cailar.
1998   Collective exhibitions in France (Paris, Aigues-Vives, Nîmes, Avignion, Villeneve-d'Ascq, Lille) and in Belgium (Brussels).
1997   One-man shows at Amiens, Sérignan and Balaruc-le-Vieux

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