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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A N É M O R P H O S E, Les Modillons, Angoulême, France
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N E W W A V E S, French Art Studio, London, United Kingdom
Boulogne à la Conquête du Ciel, Galerie Arnaud Bard, Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Légendaires, Galerie ArtCube, Paris VI, France
A L U M I N A T I O N S, Chanintr Living, Bangkok, Thailand
A L U M I N A T I O N S, RedSea Gallery, Singapour

AAF Londres, The French Art Studio, London, UK
AAF Bruxelles, Galerie Baltazar, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Auto Aluminations, Galerie Vitesse, Rétromobile, Paris, France

Juste-Ciel, Galerie François Giraudeau ? Foire internationale de Canton, Chine
New-York Aluminations, Galerie François Giraudeau ? Paris VIII, France
Juste-Ciel, Galerie François Giraudeau, Île de Ré, France
Juste-Ciel, Musée de l?Air et de l?Espace, Le Bourget
Juste-Ciel, Galerie FAE, Boulogne Billancourt, France
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Juste-Ciel, Galerie PetitJean, Aix-en-Provence, France

Juste-Ciel, AAF Londres, Lille Art Fair, France
Juste-Ciel, Galerie Isabelle Laverny ? Paris XVII, France
Juste-Ciel, Galerie Quintessence, St-Tropez , France
New-York Aluminations, First Time Mazarine, Paris VI, France
Juste-Ciel & New-York Aluminations, Galerie W, Paris XVIII, France
Juste-Ciel & New-York Aluminations, Galerie Baltazar, Bruxelles, Belgique
New-York Citillusions, Galerie Anti-Reflets, Nantes, France
New-York Aluminations, Galerie Anti-Reflets, Nantes, France
Juste-Ciel, Aéroclub de France, Paris XVI, France
Juste-Ciel, Salon du Bourget, Le Bourget, France
Effets Mer, Galerie François Giraudeau ? Les Portes en Ré, France

Effets Mer, Foire internationale d?art contemporain, Istanbul, Turquie
Effets Mer, space Culturel Porte-Côté, Blois, France
New-York Aluminations & Juste-Ciel, Galerie W ? Paris XVIII, France
Juste-Ciel, Galerie Anti-Reflets, Nantes, France
Juste Ciel, Young Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgique
Intime Loire, Exposition hors murs grands formats dans la ville de Blois, France
Intime Loire, Galerie Carla Milivinti, Blois, France
Intime Loire, Ville de Saumur, France
Effets Mer, Festival international de la photo de mer, Ville de Vannes, France
Effets Mer, LBD, Blois, France
Galerie Carla Milivinti, Blois, France
Effets Mer, Le 30-30, Tours, France
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Juste-Ciel, Pavillon d?Auron, Bourges, France
Juste-Ciel, Rheinische Landesbibliothek,  Coblence, France

Intime Loire, Château de Tours (exposition collective), France

Effets Mer, Livingstone St Honoré, Paris III, France
Effets Mer, Indigo Georges V, Paris XVI, France
Effets Mer, Conseil général de Loir-et-Cher, Blois, France
Effets Mer, L'Escale, Levallois-Perret, France
Effets Mer, Art Cognito, Nantes, France


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