Born 1952 in South France. Lives and works in Cologne, Germany
Bright colors seem to be waiting for the visitor of Romain Burgy’s exhibitions and let the viewer linger in front of the artwork. Urbanization, the spread and change of urban lifestyles, is the focus of Romain Burgy’s oeuvre. The artist depicts both the growth of cities and the housing conditions of their inhabitants. This extremely up-to-date topic is intended to confront the observer with the artist's view on the living cultures of different social strata and on people in their everyday lives.There is always a criticism hidden in Romain’s works, whenever something affects him. Regardless the difficult living conditions of a substantial part of the population on Earth, Romain’s artworks are filled with joy and motivation for an optimistic future. Under the motto "Better City, Better Life” the artist represented Germany's contemporary art 2010 in the German Pavilion at the World Exposition Expo in Shanghai. He is part of numerous public and private collections worldwide.
"I never paint anything as I have seen it, but as I want to see it," says Romain Burgy. The artist captures his vision in vibrant colors and resultant his paintings shine from within. The flying lemon can be discovered in each artwork, which Romain Burgy uses instead of his name as his very individual signature. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade out of it," says the artist. The intense, radiant blue has a special meaning for Romain and like the flying lemon, it is his artistic signature. On the one hand, the blue color indicates the artist's origin - the Mediterranean region in South France. The light and colors of this picturesque region have already influenced and inspired Romain since his childhood. On the other hand, the color blue has a deep spiritual meaning for Romain: Blue, the color of the sky, embodies the infinity of our possibilities and symbolizes longing and fantasy... Does this express a longing for a better world? The strong blue puts the observer in a state of dreaming and leads him to his serious view of things inwardly. It is not by chance that the viewer perceives the urban spaces in blue.In addition to blue, many other bright colors dominate Romain’s artworks. The strong palette of gouache colors is an absolutely eyecatcher and a generator of positive emotions.
Born 1995 in Cologne, Germany. Lives and works in Cologne, Germany
Nabil Gharsallah, a multifaceted emerging artist from Cologne, was inspired by the artist Romain Burgy who became his mentor. At the beginning of his artistic path Nabil received a rare opportunity to discover his creativity in Romain’s studio. Today, after developing his own visual language and after successful participations in several international exhibitions, Nabil is working independently but he also enjoys implementing common projects with Romain Burgy. In addition to painting Nabil completed a training as an actor at the Film Acting School in Cologne. One of his main focuses was dance, mediated by his choreographer Irene Ebel and based on the technique of renowned dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch. The influence of dancing and music can also be seen in Nabil’s visual art. Shadows are captured in the faces of Nabil’s protagonistsand their bodies show expression and movement. Their deep look lead to intimate thoughts.
For Nabil painting is a medium to express his message of freedom and tolerance. With powerful and contrasting colors and shapes he is creating a diary of feelings, desires and dreams. Full of optimism, curiosity and confidence Nabil is depicting his environment and longing to convey his hope for a better future. Nabil believes that humans are shaped by society and by a system and therefore are rarely able to live their true character. Painting allows him to express the true character of his protagonists. In addition to humans, animals are anintegral part of his art. Nabil reminds us that we are protectors of the flora and fauna. Animals also have their own character which is often not far from ours. The artist shows how complex nature is and that we do not take enough time to discover nature and its secrets. Nabil is striving to depict a symbiosis of human and nature, as both have equal rights and must be treated with respect.