115, Quai des Chartrons, Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, 33300, France
Observer and contemplator, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine, places the poetry and the beauty of nature at the heart of his multiple researches.
He makes the detour of the codes of the city an original and delightful aesthetic exploration. A claimed suburbanite, he is an explorer of the margins. This visual artist makes a lie of our obvious ideas about the city. Poetry, nature and beauty are at the heart of his research. Their retranscriptions by atypical and diverted processes give to his work an absolutely malicious tone.
He works the material with a “destructive” technique: the burning of the surface of the paper with various tools (lighter, hot tip) which also testifies to the fragility of the moment and the material with strong emotional power.
Olivier Kosta-Théfaine wonders about the social evolution with the time which passes, the transformation or destruction that it generates. The series Paysage de banlieue (Suburban Landscape) refers to his youth, and therefore to a past time. Although he no longer lives there, he continues to create landscapes that have been embellished, enhanced by his mind and emotional memory. The vision of these landscapes, reconstituted memories, is for Olivier Kosta Théfaine, a means of capturing the moment, an interstice towards another temporality which is almost melancholy.
A self-taught artist, his work has been exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo (2016), the Abbaye de Maubuisson (2012), the Fondation Cartier (2009), and has been included in the collections of the Fonds Départemental d’Art Contemporain de l’Essonne (2013) and the Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain de la ville de Paris (2011). He was also part of the 2016-2017 promotion of the Villa Médicis.