• 6 Dec 2018

Painter Artist Frédéric Unia unveils his story and artistic statement in which oil painting plays an essential part to unleash your emotions:

Artwork by Painter Frédéric Unia

Back Woman, 28in x 20in, 2018 © Frédéric Unia

His path

I have been drawing since I was a child. When I was a teenager, I was passionate about comics and super heroes I would draw a lot. It helped me get familiar with the representation of the body, its movements and facial expressions at an early age. Then, I started working on a more artistic and “expressionist” representation of individuals. When I turned 17, I left my home on the French Riviera to settle in Paris to take Art classes for two years. There, I learnt how to draw in its most classical form: still lives, nudes, reproductions of antic or medieval plasters with a pencil, pastel or charcoal drawings using a plumb line. After that training period, I integrated the Graphic Art School. For 3 years, I studied typography, layout, colors, forms and symbols, illustration, photography as well as infographics. I was a Graphic Designer for 13 years.

His artistic statement

My artistic statement is often fueled by Art itself, inspired by painted or sculpted Artworks that marked its time, historical figures, mythical or religious. My several trips to Asia also made me sensitive to Art, essentially religious from Buddhism to Hinduism. The world we currently live in and what surrounds me also inspire me: women or men politicians, certain intellectuals, Artists, characters from animated movies etc. My two cats and my dog are also subjects I like to take. Aside from a few color pencils drawings, I almost exclusively create Artworks with oil on canvas. Such a technique is ideal to play with the combination of colors which give a great sense of fluidity and movement to my Artworks. This evasive play on colors, combined with an ever present line in my work, aim at create both a tension and a complementarity so that the viewer can feel different types of emotions which could even be in contradiction: beauty, joy, sadness, violence, softness, peace.

Painting by Artist Frédéric Unia

At the beach, 24in x 20in, 2017 © Frédéric Unia

His evolution

At the beginning, I remained focused on drawings, on the line, its expression, grace and hardness. My favorite Artists were first and foremost drawers such as Michael Angelo, Toulouse-Lautrec, Egon Schiele or Pablo Picasso. Later on, I enriched my creation using painting, colors, the touch of the paintbrush, the gradation, the texture, the dripping… I always work on human and sometimes animal representations. I also have series that are more mythical or religious, sometimes historical or simply aesthetical. I recently worked on the reinterpretation of masterpieces such as “Luncheon on the Grass” by Manet, “Liberty Leading the People” by Delacroix, “Dance” by Carpeaux, “Marat” or “Napoleon crossing the Alps” by David. I intend on developing my style, exploring expressions, stimulating emotions, gaining, through hard work, more and more ease and freedom in my Artworks.

Painting by Artist Frédéric Unia made in 2018

Person, 31in x 24in, 2018 © Frédéric Unia

His exhibitions

Until now, I have purposely been distancing myself with the act of exhibiting. Indeed, I wanted to be ready, more certain of my creation, to master my own style and, as a result, offer a creation that could convey and share my message in the best possible way. I know today that I am ready to exhibit and present my creations.

His relation to Art-Trope

Art-Trope has an open and inspired vision that offers Artists, regardless of their notoriety, to communicate and get known based on their creations and their message. Indeed, it is difficult for an Artist to be both the creator and the person who deals with the selling and the public relations, especially when he or she does not live in a capital city. Art-Trope also understood that the Internet became a must have tool and that it offers a great deal of opportunities to share Art and, as a result, impact people all over the world, regardless of their culture.

See Painter Frédéric Unia’s Art-Trope profile here.

Read our article about the Grand Palais’ Miro exhibition here.