Cali Rezo is a non-figurative artist. Her work is inspired both by the great artists she admires — such as Marfaing, Yu-Ichi, Verdier, Soulages — and by the very heart of natural elements: a drop of water, a feather, a stone.
The radicality of her painting is achieved by using a monochrome palette of blacks and whites where shapes evolve ultimately into a meaning, a sign, a writing which echoes an intimate memory of the original gesture.
Each painting is the culmination of an obstinate search for repeated signs aimed at recovering the emotion of the very first traced signs of her own life.
The texture of her paintings is poised between matt black empty areas, silky matte effects evocative of polished pebbles and the glossy reflections of the environment—its colors, movement and depth.
- E.P. (Translation J.R.)
France 3 Bretagne's story:« Le noir est une couleur », « Couleurs sculptées » : des expositions à voir à Brest (click here or on the image):
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Photos: Henry Saywell.
• What art supplies do you use to paint?
I mostly work on linen canvases stretched on frames. I use acrylic for the background and oil for the shapes. For small sizes, I also play around with paper, cardboard, board or ceramics.I buy my supplies in the artists' shop "Marin" (Paris, France). I also make some of my tools and brushes.
• What supplies do you use for your calligraphies?
I draw with Chinese ink and calligraphy brushes on paper or various sketchbooks, and with felts.
• Are the calligraphies Chinese characters?
Although they are inspired by asian ideograms (that are chinese, japanese, koreans, tibetans…), my calligraphies are asemic.
• Do you make your sketchbooks yourself?
I buy bound paper blocks to which I add covers.
• How much time does it take you to fill a sketchbook?
It depends on its thickness and how inspired I am, I would say between 1 and 5 months.
• Do you sell your sketchbooks?
Not for now: those are research notebooks that gather my inspirations and are the foundations of my work.
• Can we come and visit your Studio?
With pleasure, I meet with clients regularly! The Studio is located near Paris (13th district), 10 minutes walk away from the subway. If you wish to make an appointment, send me an email.
Photos: Franck Desplanques