Biography :

Charly LESQUELIN is a French painter born in 1969 in Reunion island where he lives and works.

This accomplished artist began studying drawing and worked for 8 years as an advertising illustrator. But after his first exhibition in 1991, he decided to leave his profession to devote himself entirely to art.

He perfected his pictorial technique by becoming a street portraitist with the ultimate goal to be a painter. A hard worker, he devoted all his time to producing personal works, strongly inspired by the history and culture of his native island. He multiplied the local exhibitions.

From 2002 to 2006, he exhibited in Paris: Carrousel du Louvre, Large market of Contemporary art and in 3 galleries: Garcia-Laporte, Miromesnil Fine Art and Art’et Miss.

Since 2006, he has been collaborating with an international artist collective “Foot Bridge” and regularly participates in workshops and exhibitions in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, China and Botswana.

In 2017 & 2018, he was a resident artist at the Léon Dierx National Museum.

His studio-gallery is localized in the city of Saint-Pierre, in front of the sea port.

ARTISTIC APPROACH

The imagination of Charly Lesquelin fed on the intense beauty of Reunion, this volcano emerged from the Indian Ocean.

As a child, he has often paced the mountain trails of his native island. Caves, islets and rocks are so many witnesses to a tormented history: slaves “chestnuts” haunt the spirit of the artist to the point of inspiring his work.

It is first by the representation of these landscapes with a great effusion of colors that the artist tries to exorcise the demons of the past. The painting becomes an inner quest.

Throughout his works, Charly Lesquelin soothes his anger, the ghosts of slavery dissipate.

The opening to other cultures, including Buddhism with the meeting of a monk in 2007, will bring him this peace of mind: “Painting the mountains of Reunion can then become a quest for
the sacred.”

From then on, the calligraphy, the blacks of the ink of China and the shades of gray are invited in his landscapes more and more present in his work