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Panagiotis Pougaridis





Panagiotis Pougaridis was born in 1968 in Thessaloniki, where he lives and works.  
Panagiotis Pougaridis does ships.
Panagiotis Pougaridis’s ships are made of brass and copper.

"Living in Thessaloniki, a city by the sea, the eye constantly trains upon the water, the port, the ships, I noticed their volume standing still, clearly outlined in the sunlight or fading away indescernible through the fog. A vision recurring and at the same time diverse and captivating.
Loaded with these images, I had experienced, I have been creating big or smaller boats, conjectural objects, through wich I have been trying to render all these diverse visions and to relieve their monotony, depicting them some times almost in their real proportions and some other as if they were deformed by the memory of the perspective viewpoint of their imposing volume.
My eye travels from the water – line to the deck, from stem to stern, focuses in the detail of their rig, identifying their sculptural dimension, drawing near the multiple layers of the oil paint, the rust, the wear caused by the sea and the desertion, discovering the conjectural value of the incidental then the visual experience is transferred to the object wishing to overcome its regular form and the chromatic standards.
In the end I hold an object, the repetition of which does not bore me ; not with standing, it inflames me to start again, looking for a new ways and new variations to render it."


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"Living in Thessaloniki, a city by the sea, the eye constantly trains upon the water, the port, the ships, I noticed their volume standing still, clearly outlined in the sunlight or fading away indiscernible through the fog. A vision recurring and at the same time diverse and captivating...




...Loaded with these images, I had experienced, I have been creating big or smaller boats, conjectural objects, through wich I have been trying to render all these diverse visions and to relieve their monotony, depicting them some times almost in their real proportions and some other as if they were deformed by the memory of the perspective viewpoint of their imposing volume...




...My eye travels from the water - line to the deck, from stem to stern, focuses in the detail of their rig, identifying their sculptural dimension, drawing near the multiple layers of the oil paint, the rust, the wear caused by the sea and the desertion, discovering the conjectural value of the incidental then the visual experience is transferred to the object wishing to overcome its regular form and the chromatic standards...





...In the end I hold an object, the repetition of which does not bore me; not with standing, it inflames me to start again, looking for a new ways and new variations to render it."



John Mejia




The official poster for the 29th edition of Les Voiles d'Antibes was created by the artist John Mejia.




Colombian from Cali born in 1976, John Mejia arrived in France during the 1998 Football World Cup. He has always drawn and painted but it was following the tragedy of the Nice attacks that he decided to devote himself exclusively to his artistic work, after a watercolor that he spontaneously executed on the evening of the tragedy "Pray for Nice" went around the world.

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World artist John has his work regularly presented in the United States and Europe and has notably executed numerous commissions for public figures as well as for communities.


He is very influenced by classical and modern painting (Velasquez, Botero, Freud, among others, but his pictorial exploration and expression are eminently contem-porary, leaving much room for the dazzling and colorful spontaneity that animates his Latin American soul, mark of the sensitive liveliness of his always curious mind. It is for many years here on the Côte d'Azur that he has continued his pictorial quest.


Pierre Heintz





A graduate of European Graphic Design in Paris (17th), he worked for many years as a graphic designer within large industrial groups. In 2013, two of his designs were selected for the Nice Carnival. This will be the trigger; he has since become a painter-illustrator. We can now find his paintings on the walls of some beautiful villas, from the Côte d'Azur to Switzerland, from Saint-Barthélémy to Paris.

“I like the idea of a certain paradox:

a naturalistic, apparently bucolic theme which is in fact dominated by a certain radicality.

Plants, nature are not the subject but the means.

I use plants, exploring all the combinations and contrasts of shape and color, to approach the subject of painting itself. The incredible diversity of life as a source of inspiration but not as a model.
It is therefore a studio painting, without a living model, where the rules and decisions are taken upstream of the execution and are imposed on it. A painting that tends towards the mind of those who look at it, more than towards their emotions.
These rules are a uniqueness of format and composition (centered), great clarity (avoid effects), contrasts of shapes and colors (radical rather than aesthetic), the systematic repetition of shapes and their accumulation. (…)

So if music were to accompany my painting, it would not be bucolic music but rather repetitive music like that of Philip Glass or Steve Reich.

Despite appearances, I do not place myself in what should be called figurative painting.

That’s the paradox. »

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Yahya Adji 




Born in Paris in 1972, Yahya Adji is an artist from the hip-hop culture, now based in Antibes.
For fifteen years he practiced high definition graffiti. During this period, he was invested in social action, animating graphic expression workshops for people in difficulty, while stalking, spray paint in hand, the streets of Paris and its region, its vacant spaces, its infrastructures… all these spaces becoming supports for colors, lines, shapes and materials…

Over time, he meets the "formal" world of mural painting, meeting up with the demands of the practice of public art. He then produced during this period various frescoes, sometimes of very large scale, for public institutions and private structures.

Little by little his interest got focused on color, materials, and naturally lead him towards abstraction ... from this mutation, however, still emanate figurative subjects, mainly portraits.

Of his "street artist" culture  remains the taste for large or very large formats, but above all a pugnacity, a power of the moment of creation, as if he was always in a transgression that has no right to last than just a stealthy moment.

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Jon Voss




Jon Voss is a British artist and architect, trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture where he graduated with distinction in 2003.

In 2004, Jon moved to Sydney Australia, perusing his passion for art and design. Since 2014 he has been living in Narbonne where he is creating works of sculpture, illustration and light art in his Antibes atelier.


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Jon's art is a considered juxtaposition. It’s both a fascination with our industrialized world, and an anchor for an ecological & moral realization. It’s the conflict of these two loves that can be seen throughout its artistic works.


“A large part of what I do comes from a love of machines and all things mechanical, however the form is borrowed from the immensely complex and elegant lines of nature. It is this unlikely but intriguing symbiosis of these passions that drives what I do”

Jon has work held in collections in Australia and he has been commissioned for a number of large-scale projects including private and public art commissions nationally and internationally.



Guillaume Cavalier



The work of Guillaume Cavalier oscillates between two worlds: that of matter and that of spirit. A figurative narrative is revealed in his pictorial compositions, where sometimes order coexists with chaos.

Its generous palette and the grace of its line play with the eye of those who venture to observe it. Part of its production reflects a civilization in turmoil. The other part tends to make a supersensible and singular universe intelligible.


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The young painter, Guillaume Cavalier, is the inspired symbolist who increasingly fascinates and attracts those involved in contemporary art.

From his ink drawings to his paintings on canvas, a double search, exterior and interior, pushes these antagonisms to be reconciled. A quest, mixing Tradition and Freedom, is embodied in this artist born in 1994.


His original and poetic outlook covers varied areas, from everyday life to metaphysics.

His subjects of reflection offer a panorama of life in the 21st century, making the artist the witness of his time.

A cleverly orchestrated symbolism frees speech and initiates a dialogue between ideas. Behind a humble and naive character hides a stubborn goldsmith, gradually revealing the treasures that reside within him.

Philippe Gavin





Born in Toulon to a grandfather and father in the French Navy, sea stories filled his childhood and have always been with him... From his first outings on the water at the age of 6, he never stopped sailing... Family cruises and regattas in the Mediterranean.

After obtaining a Ph.D. in signal processing in geophysics, he worked for over 15 years as a researcher in the oil industry for the French Institute of Petroleum and TotalEnergie (formerly Elf).

His transfer within Elf to Pau brought him face to face with the Pyrenees mountain range.
He began painting mountain landscapes.

The year 2000 marked not only a change of century but also a significant change in his professional life, marking the beginning of his career as an artist, passionate about mountains and the sea.

He has been a member of the Maison des Artistes since that year.

In 2003, Philippe definitively left the world of scientific research for his own artistic pursuits.
He moved to the French Riviera.

He regularly exhibits during classic yacht regattas in the Mediterranean.

...The Voiles d'Antibes, the Classic-Week of Monaco, the Voiles de Saint-Tropez, the Régates Royales de Cannes, etc...

He became a member of the Yacht Club de Monaco and crew member on "Tuiga," the flagship of the principality, for 20 years.
From his sailing experiences, he offers a contemporary perspective on marine painting. He reinterprets and refreshes the genre on large (rare) watercolor formats.

His dual expertise as a racing yachtsman and a painter of the sea allows him to transparently capture an atmosphere that connoisseurs appreciate in his work.

He has been selected several times for the "Salon de la Marine" at the Museum of the Navy at Trocadéro in Paris...

He is represented in the collections of French fine arts museums.

He has also been selected for the International Contemporary Marine Art Exhibition at Mystic Seaport on the East Coast of the United States.

His works have been represented for several years in a gallery in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, the birthplace of the America's Cup.

Today, he is present in galleries in France, England, the United States, and the Caribbean.

Philippe lives and works in the heart of the old town of Antibes in the Alpes-Maritimes.


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Paolo Cassara


Cassarà was one of the first in Italy to work with polychrome terracotta, a technique considered obsolete until its "rediscovery" in recent years. His polychrome terracotta creations are the fruit of first-hand analysis of the world of youth. They offer an innovative image of sculpture, set in direct contact with everyday life. The artist draws inspiration from the streets, with ironic, subtly melancholy works that speak of the search for an identity in the face of a system dominated by conformity and fleeting fashions. Paolo Cassarà was born in Monreale, Sicily, on 26 June, 1968. 

His artistic career began in Milan, where he has lived and worked since 1987. He gave his first personal exhibitions in Turin, Milan and Boston (USA). He has also taken part in numerous collective exhibitions held at museums and public institutes: in 1994 "Icastica" [Representative art] at the municipal modern art gallery, Bologna; in 1996 "Collezionismo a Torino" [Collecting in Turin] at Castello di Rivoli museum of contemporary art; in 2000 "Sui Generis" at PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan; in 2003 "Italian Factory - La Nuova Scena Artistica Italiana" [the new Italian art scene], one of the fringe events at the 50th Venice Biennale, at the European Parliament buildings in Strasbourg, and at the Palazzo della Promotrice delle Belle Arti in Turin. In 2004 Cassarà was invited to participate in the event "Subway 3004" at Superstudio Più in Milan, in collaboration with the City of Milan, and in 2007 he took part in the collective exhibitions "Street Art, Sweet Art" at PAC in Milan and "Arte e Omosessualità" [art and homosexuality] at Palazzo della Ragione in Milan and Palazzina Reale in Florence. Also in 2007 he took part in the exhibition "La Nuova Figurazione italiana - To be continued..." [the new Italian figuration] at Fabbrica Borroni, Bollate (Milan) and the retrospective in homage to gallery owner Guido Carbone "Questo mondo è fantastico" [this world is fantastic], at Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin. In 2008 he was invited to the exhibition "Rumors" at Ex Arsenale Borgo Dora in Turin, which ran concurrently with the Artissima fair, and he also took part in the "Artisti per Arianna" [artists for Arianna] auction with Christie's.



CEM



CEM, aka Jérôme Ispanakci, is an artist-designer-assembler.‍ CEM is his name and it's also Creative Engineering Management, a creator of the unusual through Eco-Logic. His work resides in the orchestration of objects through conceptual hijacking, objects that he makes a point of never modifying, drilling or welding. ‍The outcome is a creative resolution combining technique and aesthetics, a creation through fusion of existing elements. ‍He has created subjects for major names in industrial production and has received numerous awards; his work has been presented at the Musée d'art contemporain de Nice (MAMAC).



Giacomo De Pass




Italian of Venetian origin, Giacomo de Pass was born in Marrakech in 1938. After a series of highly successful early exhibitions, he moved to France in 1958 to confront the Paris School.‍ Giacomo de Pass quickly gained recognition for his work, and the city of Paris made its first acquisitions of his paintings. Giacomo de Pass then divided his time between his studios in Paris and New York, where his work underwent a veritable metamorphosis, emerging from the tragic shadows that characterized his expressionist work of the 60s, to canvases flooded with light and color. ‍

Giacomo de Pass has been the subject of several retrospective exhibitions around the world, and has been shown in numerous international venues and fairs including the Lincoln Cultural Center in New York, the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the National Museums of Malta, the Palais Bourbon in Paris (National Assembly), FIAC Paris, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Museo de la Casa si Dante in Florence, the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, the Louis ll Stadium in Monaco and the World Bank in Washington. He now lives and works in Peymenade in the Alpes Maritimes.



Yann Letestu


The nostalgia of the traveler, torn between the farewells of the departures and the calls of a new journey, is the subject of Yann Letestu’s slightly melancholic paintings. Nothing symbolizes more that feeling than a ship weighing anchor. That fleeting moment is reflected in the delicate grey-blue shades found in his paintings.

Yann Letestu lets wander freely the individual fantasies and travelling aspirations of each and every one. The vague outlines of his horizons reflect the incalculable incertitude found in the quest for our destination, as elements disappear in the mist.

That is precisely where the intrigue of his marvelous pictorial language resides: in the contradiction lying between departure and residency, between discovery and recurrence. Certainly it is not by chance that his workshop is to be found in the old harbor of Marseilles, as if he was always ready to leave for faraway horizons.



John Martini


 John Martini is an American artist born in 1948. He lives and works in Key West, Florida, and in Veuxhaulles sur Aube, in Burgundy. In the U.S. his workplace is the former movie theater of the black Bahamian village from the time of racial segregation; in France it is an old forge which was still active in the 60s.
His works carry a multitude of American and European influences, and seem like the participants of a magical and mysterious ritual, an invocation of shape and color throughsteel and flame. It is at night, like in a voodoo or a sabbath, that John Martini gives birth to its creatures.



Mme  S.


Mme S. is a painter who lives and creates in Marseille. She is a graduate of the Arts Appliqués in Paris and the Beaux-Arts in Marseille.‍"When you look at Mme S.'s sleepy figures, alternately drowsy and languid, you're left with a doubt. Are they freed from their dreams, or are they invaded by them? Invasion is what Mme S.'s works are all about."‍ With poetry and sensuality, Mme S. lays her sleeping women down in ink and pencil on paper, which she burns or pins, speaking in her nocturnal invasions of feelings and inner landscapes.



Pascal Pontoire


Pascal Pontoire is a painter based in Antibes, who has long worked in the world of animated films: for over twenty years he has created chromatic atmospheres and sets for cartoons and comic strips; his work has been exhibited in Paris at the Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet and at the Musée des arts asiatiques de Nice. But it is now on canvas that Pascal Pontoire can fully express his artistic sensibility, inspired in particular by the post-impressionists and luminists, and for the past 6 years he has been offering us images of the Côte d'Azur transfigured by his talent...


Nicola Rosini Di Santini


Born in 1959 in Santeramo in colle, Italy, Nicola Rosini Di Santi grew up and studied in Paris. After graduating from the Ecole Boulle (Paris), he worked in various art studios and at the Fonderie d'art Rosini. In 1985, Nicola had his first solo exhibition at Galerie Carpentier, rue du Bac, Paris.

Several exhibitions followed in Paris, including Salon d'Automne, Salon de Mai and Figuration Critique at the Grand Palais, of which he became a member. Since then, the artist has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions on several continents. In 2001, Nicola's first exhibition in New York City marked the start of a collaboration with a renowned international gallery, which exhibited his work in Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Geneva, Miami... He is represented in several private collections around the world and was selected in 2014 for his work "pneumatic paintings" at the official inauguration of the Michelin Foundation "l'Homme en Mouvement".

The artist works uncompromisingly on balance, rhythm, body movement and the intimate dialogue between his works. He excels at blurring codes. His sources of inspiration include Rothko, Michelangelo, Hiquily, Bugatti, Marcel Duchamp and Miles Davis. A discreet artist imbued with humanity, Nicola lives and works in the Pays de Fayence, a region he holds dear. Nicola Rosini Di Santi remains, more than ever, an artist attuned to the heartbeat of the world. 


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