Olivier Kosta-Thefaine

Artist

Guest of the 2021 L'Appel du Large festival

Whoever defines himself as a "landscape painter" explores the city from its margins. When he moves in urban space, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine is in search of elements that escape us. In his desire to rehabilitate the uninteresting or the connoted, the artist places in the field of poetry the often inextricable balance of power that we maintain with the city. His interest in detail guides him in his travels and feeds an image bank. Considering himself as a pure product of the city, he plays with clichés and transforms common references. The classic is diverted through the techniques of "cheap vandalism", so when he composes on the three domes of the Palais de Tokyo a sky charred with a lighter, inspired by the frescoes of Italian palaces, the graffiti of the ceilings of his adolescence take on then the airs of Renaissance paintings.

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