Philippe SOKAZO in 4 dates
Born in Toulouse in 1962, raised in a family of musicians and art collectors between Paris and the Côte d’Azur.
After University studies in ethnology, he’s accepted into the prestigious Beaux-Arts School in Paris. He graduates in 1989 and soon decides to seize an opportunity to live in Miami where he works as Art Director for Teen Magazine.
Before returning to Europe, he travels the world for inspiration: New York, London, Prague, Madrid, Bombay... His work is presented in various galleries and museums along side world-renowned artists like Alechinsky, Chilida, Riopelle and Matsutani of the Japanese Gutai Movement, who endorse Philippe Sokazo’s style and professionalism.
Appointed member of honor by the city of Toulouse, France. The industry challenges him to apply his Art to manufactured luxury objects, such as jewellery, sculpted rugs, cement tiles, cigar humidors, wine bottles, fashion apparels and cars. These objects become part of the Sokazo World and are shown together with paintings in museums and galleries.
Settles in BC in 2005 where he discovered a new dimension of inspiration, light and energy.
Philippe Sokazo’s Art can be found in private and public collections in France, Spain, Andorra, the UK, the USA, Canada and Japan, and is current presented in Vancouver at the SNAP Contemporary Art Gallery.
“Generous artworks, saturated with overpowering colors where grow geometric forms, waves, circles and ethnic signs. Abstraction that hits the retina. Seduction is immediate.”
“Philippe Sokazo’s work particularly strikes me by the opulence of multiple effects opposed to a remarkable apparent simplicity in the making and in the iconic organization of forms.”
Chief-Curator of the French Patrimony
and Professor of Art History at Ecole du Louvre in Paris
“Philippe Sokazo’s paintings use recurring pattern and color to weave stories which embody both real and imagined landscapes. The works in this exhibition are at times whimsical and amusing but also engaging and thought provoking.”
Curatorial Assistant, Richmond Art Gallery
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