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Le Diamantaire

1987 Caen, France

1 Works exhibited

Current location

Paris

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  • About the Artist

 Le Diamantaire was born in Caen in 1987. It was the discovery of Obey's "André the Giant Has a Posse" in 2001 that initiated his approach to using the street as a field of expression. He then launched himself into graffiti and quickly saturated all the walls of his native city with his art. These multiple representations eventually led to him being banned from graffiti. Far from abandoning the idea of exposing his creativity to as many people as possible, he began to work with stencils. This technique meets the desire for an artistic expression that is more figurative, accessible and striking. At the same time, his studies in metalwork and then boiler making trained him in shaping and introduced him to techniques that gradually nourished his creativity and know-how.
 
 Always driven by the desire to better master the art of conveying messages, the Diamantaire moved to Paris in 2008 and trained in visual communication. Following the example of artists such as Invader, Zevs or Gilbert with strong identities, the artist opts for a strong symbol, the diamond.
 
 In a context where street art is flourishing, Diamantaire distinguishes himself by choosing the mirror as a material to decorate the walls. The mirror used by the artist is collected from the street and then recycled in the form of two-dimensional diamonds. Each work is then painted and numbered. The first walls dotted with these street jewels were those of the French capital in 2011. Today, these colourful jewels are delivered to the world's largest cities, including New York, Montreal, Los Angeles, Miami and Zurich. Beyond the aesthetic value of these works, the aim is to send a message. The diamond, a strong symbol of luxury, associated with rarity and exclusivity, is offered to the passer-by through art. Creativity is at the service of the street.
 
 From 2012 onwards, Le Diamantaire moves from street art to gallery art and takes part in several group exhibitions in Paris and Zurich. A year later he held his first solo exhibition, Atelier, at the Derouillon gallery in Paris (3rd).  This event allowed him to explore different techniques such as engraving, but also to use other materials such as wood and metal. The year 2013 is also the year when the Diamantaire leaves for Los Angeles to join Kaï Aspire, a street artist friend he met during an exhibition in Zürich. In addition to decorating the walls with his diamonds, he created a monumental fresco on Melrose Avenue during his stay.
 
 The year 2014 marks a turning point in the career of Diamantaire. His work is sponsored by a patron, who provides him with a huge 900 m2 studio. This workspace, together with the large number of machines and tools, gives him the material means to fully express his creativity. He produced large-scale pieces such as his 4000, a monumental steel work measuring four metres by four. This piece, produced for a street art festival in the Paris suburbs, marks the transition of the artist's work from two to three dimensions.
 That same year, Le Diamantaire travelled to Montreal to honour an invitation from the Station 16 gallery to participate in the MURAL festival in June. Seduced by the artist's work, the gallery later offered him a solo exhibition; street art from Paris. On his return to France, he produced a series of 10 pieces which were exhibited at the Wide Painting gallery in Paris (5th arrondissement) and at MISS KO - the latest Parisian restaurant designed by Phillipe Starck. The works presented, all very different from one another but always on the theme of diamonds, illustrate the transition from street artist to contemporary artist.
 
 At the beginning of 2015, Le Diamantaire had a duo exhibition with Zoé Byland at the Trace Gallery in Zurich. The works presented by the artist during this exhibition, called Monochrome, display a more assertive style. The diamond symbol is represented in volume and from different angles. The Diamantoscope, a piece halfway between a kaleidoscope and a spyglass, is a perfect illustration of the artist's artistic evolution. In the spring of 2015, he began a colossal project to create a six-metre by six-metre ground steel diamond that weighs more than a ton.
 The end of 2015 was marked by his exhibition Diamonds are forever II at the Wide Painting gallery in Paris (5e). Open to the public from 8 October 2015 until mid-December, this exhibition appears to be an aesthetic achievement that shows the infinity and depth of the diamond. The perspectives are multiplied, and offer a multitude of reflections but also of points of view. The works can be admired from all sides; from the side or from above, as one would admire the top of a jewel. The artist even proposes a more abstract vision of the precious stone, through the eyes of the artist.

Works by Le Diamantaire

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2021

46 x 46 x 4 cm

405,00 €

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