Philippe PASQUA was born in Grasse in 1965.
This self-educated artist is a talented portraitist above all.
His first works focused on fetishes or enigmatic silhouettes that evoke voodoo. He is currently working on nudes, portraits and skulls sculptures.
He uses various techniques: oil on canvas, drawings, bronze or marble sculptures and even tattoos.
Humans constitute his first source of inspiration.
Through his portraits of blind people, transsexuals, people with Down syndrom, women and children, he looks for strength, emotions, a real existence in his painting!
His paintings are violent, powerful, imposing. He is focus on expressiveness not esthetism.
In his variety of formats, his paintings have been of huge proportions and come up to 6 meters in height.
In his small paintings, paint gushes out of the canvases, which gives an impression of energy and life.
Quoted by David Rosenberg (art critic): “ Today, PASQUA is not wondering when a painting is finished (because it won t be) but when the paint begins to exist. Here is the strength of his canvases which are magnificent beginnings”
Philippe PASQUA moulds human skulls. He previously covered resin moulded skulls with gold and silver leafs or with stuffed butterflies.
Now he still creates the same theme sculptures his material has evolved. The “skulls with butterflies” are in bronze (with different colours) or sculpted in giant Carrare marble blocks.
His monumental sculptures permanently adorn the streets of Paris and were exhibited in the 53rd Venice Biennale.
Pasqua has exhibited in several museums to great acclaim, including his retrospective at Ahlers Foundation on Hanover, Germany, 2010. He shown “Painting and Drawing” at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art in June 2010. Then in 2017 at the monumental show “Boarderline” at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. He displays his paintings at Maner’s Art Gallery since Winter 2017.