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Dominique by Alexandre Lenoir

Pierre Cardin Award 2020

Born in 1992, Alexandre Lenoir lives and works in Paris. He graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2016. The same year he received the Thaddaeus Ropac Prize, awarded by the Jean-François and Marie-Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre Foundation. He participates in numerous group exhibitions, such as the exhibition of the Winners of the Friends of the Fine Arts of Paris Prize in 2016, and one year later he takes part in Paris-Photo on the theme "Photography by painting". 

Represented since March 2020 by the Almine Rech Gallery, Alexandre Lenoir exhibits a dozen of his paintings until October 25, 2020 at the Sisley Foundation, on the occasion of the exhibition La vie qu'on mène.


The artist varies between realism and material effects. He chooses his subjects randomly, and then projects an image on the wall on which he works in the dark for several months, applying tape and wash. "To the liquidity of the wash is going to contrast an accumulation of layers, to the brightness, a dull matt, very bright tones, browns, ochres and blacks, to a narrative effect, a simple abstract composition... The ensemble bears witness to a work on memory, both personal and collective, and exhuming the vestiges of a past that might not have existed". Marie Maertens


The Pierre Cardin 2020 Prizes were awarded to Alexandre Lenoir (painting), Jérémy Gobé (sculpture), Arthur Mamou-Mani (architecture), Marie Belorgey (engraving) and Violeta Cruz (musical composition).
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Pierre Cardin, member of the Academy of Fine Arts, wished to encourage artists by creating in 1993 five annual prizes, worth 7625 euros each, which salute the excellence of young painters, sculptors, architects, engravers and composers under 40 years of age. These prizes are awarded on the proposal of each of the Academy's sections concerned.