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Biography of Victor Artieda
Victor Artieda was born in Quito (Ecuador) in 1948. He’ll study both philosophy and arts at the Maracaibo University in Venezuela, working at the Fine Arts Etching School in the same town. The young man is only 24 when he arrives in Paris in 1972 thinking he will only stay for a few months. Finally he decides to settle in Paris to keep studying arts while obtaining a degree in teaching and Spanish. He creates the Grafica workshop where he teaches painting and etching, later on he will also teach at the Goetz-Daderian Academy.
In 1988, Victor Artieda founds the issue AAKN, first art review written in four languages (German, English, Spanish and French). The issue is renamed Idéart in 1992. This ambitious magazine (more than 70 issues) will persist until 2003. In this magazine, a large range of arts are debated regarding what's going on in France and abroad (exhibitions, museums, theater, poetry, movies, etc). Among the art critics that will join this project, Gaston Diehlin in Paris and Anita Nardon in Brussels are worth to mention.
Victor Artieda is a prolific artist who made etching his favorite way of expression. First there was the etcher with his fragile and shivering line describing life and its many palpitations on small supports and monochromes. Than came the time of big canvases. He started his career in Venezuela showing geometric figures - criticized by some people as copies of the European artist Serge Poliakoff’s works (« I did not even know his work ! »). During 15 years, the artist tries many other forms of expression that will lead him to explore the color white and only it (from 1979 till 1984). White in all its states, with all its strength, translating life, death, serenity, anxiety, all of these shades that found human reality. In particular in his etching work, Victor Artieda uses gaufrage techniques with whites on whites to express poetry where symbols link the plastician to the poet. More recently, the artist will chose to use pigments through a sharp writing for a language totally free of constraints. His last creations gathered in thematic series denounce anti-migration policies and issues around religions.
Furthermore, Victor Artieda wrote many books of poetry illustrated with his own etchings (« A qui de droit » in 1988, « Nuit éphémère » and « Néant d’un Dieu de sang » in 1995, « Des mots », etc), co-scenarist of a play (« La mort de l'art ou L'éloge de Monsieur Posthume »). The list of artists he is attracted to is quite long, however he likes to mention Josef Albers, Max Ernst, Zao Wou Ki, and the South-American artists Carlos Cruz-Diez, Francisco Toledo and Arthur-Luiz Piza, a long-lasting friend.
The artist is in many exhibitions either personal or collective in France and abroad. His works are present in several major South American collections (Ecuador, Argentina, Colombia or Venezuela -, in France, Norway, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherland and many others.
With his friend Frédérique Peindarie, they settle in the South of France in 1997 in Salon-de-Provence than move to Vedène in 2004, close to Avignon where he keeps on painting and etching in his workshop as well as contributing to an Arthotèque.