Manolo Chrétien

Born on an Air Force base at Orange, France in 1966, Manolo Chrétien currently lives and works with his wife between Blois and Paris.


Manolo Chrétien is fascinated by the industrial world, aeronautics in particular. Born from French astronaut Jean-Loup Chrétien, his work returns his childhood memories: a universe made of bright aluminium, hot tarmac and kerosene smells. It is essential to him to recapture the innocence of his vision as a child and to reveal the wonderment he felt. Determined to keep coherence between subject and material, Manolo uses a technique of fine art print on brushed aluminium, the metal used for the body of planes. He calls it Aluminations; a brilliant mix of illuminations, hallucinations and aluminium. His series, Nouveaux-Nez, is the result of a face-to-face interaction between the artist and the aircrafts he has seen taking off and landing from Paris to Tucson, since his early childhood.

More recently, his series Anémorphoses is a combination of the word "Anemos", the Greek word for Wind, and anamorphosis. Manolo Chrétien has found a sensitive depiction of this neologism with the surface of the sea. Its cold metallic yet softly shimmering surface, its neverending reflection of the sky, is what first drew his attention. Appplying this concept to his passion for legendary aircrafts, the artist focuses on the effects of the wind onto their fuselage, which, after countless hours of flight has reshaped their riveted skin like wrinkles on an old man's face. 

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