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ARIK LEVY / ZOE OUVRIER




Arik
Levy





www.ariklevy.fr


"Creation is an uncontrolled muscle" according to Arik Levy (born 1963).

Artist, technician, photographer, designer, video artist, Levy's skills are multi–disciplinary and his work can be seen in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Best known publicly for his sculptures – such as his signature Rock pieces –, his installations, limited editions and design, Levy nevertheless feels "The world is about people, not objects."

Hailing originally from Israel and moving to Europe after his first participation in a group sculpture exhibition in Tel–Aviv in 1988, Levy currently works in his studio in Paris.

His formation was unconventional where surfing, as well as his art and graphic design studio, took up much of his time back home. Following studies at the Art Center Europe in Switzerland he gained a distinction in Industrial Design in 1991.

After a stint in Japan where he consolidated his ideas producing products and pieces for exhibitions, Levy returned to Europe where he contributed his artistry to another field – contemporary dance and opera by way of set design.

The creation of his firm then meant a foray back to his first love, art and industrial design, as well as other branches of his talents. Respected for his furniture and light designs on all continents, Levy also creates hi–tech clothing lines and accessories for firms in the Far East.

Considering himself now more of a "feeling" artist, Arik Levy continues to contribute substantially to our interior and exterior milieu, his work including public sculpture, as well as complete environments that can be adapted for multi use. "Life is a system of signs and symbols," he says, "where nothing is quite as it seems."

Arik Levy is Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres de la République française.




Zoé
Ouvrier





www.zoeouvrier.com


Zoé Ouvier was born in 1975 in Montpellier, France. In 2002, she graduates from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and remains to live for twenty-five years in the French capital.
Since November 2019, she lives and works in Saint Paul-de-Vence.

Zoé Ouvrier uses the technique of engraving to give back to plywood its new nature of wood. She combines this technique with those of painting and drawing. The imprinted bark evokes skin, life, the original matrix of which the forest and humanity are made. Her body of work allows to see and touch a space between nature and texture in a three-dimensional aspect.

Zoé Ouvrier likes to create a dialogue between ensembles by putting the spectator in front of her work.
From her research around the tree arises a whole relationship to the flesh, to emotions, to traces. That is what makes her work poetic and sensitive material. She thus touches the emotional vibration in relation to the very life that surrounds us, to our condition and our place in the environment as human beings. Her trees speak to us and move us.

For more than 20 years, Zoé Ouvrier has denounced the imbalance of the human impact and its uprooting. All her work revolves around this sensitivity and a possible opening towards freedom.

As soon as she graduated from the Beaux-Arts, the press enabled her to gain international recognition.
Some collectors commission Zoé for imposing works for which she must sometimes intervene on the four walls of the same room, like in works created for bedrooms or dining rooms.
She then invites those who enter it to travel through her painting, to listen to the forest according to the seasons, to the intensity of the fauna and the sound of the wind ...


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