In his workshop at Nice, French Riviera,
reign an indescribable (and artistic) disorder, the least piece of paper
being carried in the maelstrom of creativity.
|At 49 y ears old, the artist Patrick
Moya has behind him a multiform work of a great richness: paintings
on all supports (canvas, wood, clothes, walls, armchairs etc), sculptures,
ceramics, digital images, 3d movies, performances and installations…
Born in 1955, he belongs to the generation
of the Free Figuration (in France) and of Keith Haring or Jean-Michel
Basquiat (in the USA). Near by the spirit to "Situationnistes" (far
from all ideologies and all engagements), having tested in a way the "body
art", since he was model naked in the art schools, while theorizing
in books his position of "creature IN art"... he gives all
his energies to Art.
Inspired since adolescence by the theories
of Mc Luhan and his "global village", he was during a long time thinking
to the changes brought to history of art by the new media (in particular
television, while having a presentiment of the advent of Internet)
- "with the media of ubiquity,
like the TV's live show, the creator does not have time to tell the
history of art. He must, for existing, to become a creature."
||In parallel, he made a reflection on
the name, the signature of the artist.
Undoubtedly marked by the spanish-catalan
name of his father - MOYA - which belongs to him only when he was
15 years old, following the official marriage of his parents, he
does not have of cease, since then, putting his name everywhere and
declining it ad infinitum...
Living in Nice (in the South of France
and south of Europe), Moya consideres him self like an "artist of
the South", belonging to the catholic area, even if he is not really
a believer. Far from the abstraction or conceptual art, Moya is not
afraid of the color - pure, non mixed color - nor especially of the
human figure, that he representes without deformation - if it is
not in a humorous caricatural style.
|Asserting "the presence of the artist
in art", he invented since ten years (it was in 1996) a small poetic character
near of a caricature of him-self, inspired by Pinochio, which became
From that time, Moya makes us travel in
his magic and slightly pervert universe, full of teddy bears and
drag-queens, flying sheeps or elephants and winged devils, without
forgetting its small malicious "moya" making its jokes on bottom
of small clouds in blue cobalt skies : a merry and coloured world
which speaks to the child in all of us... but also sensual and amusing,
which satisfies our senses and our sense of Beauty.
||Like an antidote to pessimism, he spreads
happiness around him everywhere, of course in an exhibition - where this
is often the children who explain his works to their parents ! - but also
in the waiting room of a private clinic, the hall of an hotel or the square
of an hospital...
Coming after the famous "Ecole de Nice"
represented by great names like Klein, Arman, César or Ben, Patrick
MOYA - that one could call "the leader of the New School of Nice" - create
a very "unique" work, because his name and his image belong only
to him !