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Alexis Ralaivao

Fleshy vignettes in sumptuous soft focus.

“No chiaroscuro, no aggressive bright color, I want to catch people's attention with the sweetness of the color palette.”

Ralaivao puts a modern spin on figurative painting traditions. “In classical portraiture, there is a distance between the public and the person represented. I want to erase that distance.” The ultra-close-up, immaculately executed and seamlessly blended paintings punctuate a fleshy palette of pastel hues with tiny, bodily details like moles and blemishes. While thinly layered brushstrokes lend the...

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Alexis Ralaivao was born in Rennes, France, in 1991, where he continues to live and work.

With no formal education in art, having initially pursued language and communication studies at the University of Rennes, it was the figurative works of artists such as John Currin, Gerard van Honthorst and Rembrandt that drew Ralaivao's attention to painting.

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Much of the artist's oeuvre was created during the lockdown of 2020 in France, the majority of which he spent in the confines of his apartment with his girlfriend.

Collaborations with Alexis Ralaivao