Born in 1969, Pierre-François GRIMALDI lives and works in Paris. His work begins by a search for material : posters from 30’s to 50’s still present in the Parisian Metro. It was during renovations of stations that the artist , as an archaeologist, on the trail of the past and appropriates these posters. Memory of History , these pieces of paper exposed and vulnerable witness of their time either in their subject ( politics, advertising , informative ) and their graphic content, typography and color palette used.
Pierre-François GRIMALDI collects , rediscovered and renovated them in his workshop. It creates paper compositions that are stuck on canvas to give them another reading direction in a permanent aesthetic research. These compositions are both abstract , modern , strong, colorful and unique. In a society where image is omnipresent and our urban landscape is saturated, the artist will find the remains of forgotten premise of our mass consumption.
In the footsteps of the New Realists ( Jacques Villeglé , Raymond Hains ) , joined his art of the assembly and accumulation of elements taken from everyday reality, but here belonging to the past. Modernity trumps nostalgia.
A contemporary poetry with old faces codes.