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Marie Boralevi is a French artist. Born in 1986. She currently lives and works in Paris.
In 2009, she graduated from l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Industries Graphiques (School of Graphic & Industrial Arts), Estienne, with a Master Craftsman’s degree for which she received an « excellent » rating. She also graduated with honors from l’Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués Duperré in 2011. Marie Boralevi’s work has always included striking imaginary creatures. Her engravings and drawings bring to life the singular world that has been created by her thriving imagination. In 2013, she won the Pierre Cardin award for her engravings from the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France. Since then, her works have been shown in the big international fairs of contemporary art such as DDessin in Paris (2014 – 2016 and 2017); Docks Art Fair in Lyon (2017) ; Lyon Art Paper (2018) ; Art On Paper in Brussels (2014); Art Copenhagen (2014) or ST-ART in Strasbourg(2015).) Her engravings and drawings were shown at the Taylor Foundation in Paris; at the Pierre Boucher Museum in Canada (in 2013); as well as in the Liège’s museum of Fine Arts (for the 10th international biennial event of contemporary prints) and at the Jean Cocteau Museum in Menton (in 2019).
Marie Boralevi | Portraits of a generation in flux…
by Blandine Boucheix - Projects and exhibitions coordinator Jean Louis Ramand Gallery
Marie Boralevi’s works bring to light the questions plaguing a youth in search of meaning. Starting with a catalogue of carefully selected visual references, she uses pieces of images to bring tortured bodies to life, witnesses to the myriad of protests tattooed on their flesh. This referential synthesis is first processed digitally. After laser printing, the new image of the stitched together character is then transferred onto Washi* through a delicate friction process that leaves a diaphanous imprint on the paper. The artist’s hand then intervenes to reveal the essence of these young, socially committed bodies through the skillful use of a graphite pencil and powder. The often frontal poses, the piercing looks capture your attention. Her technique gives an expressive materiality to these fictional beings, summoned into our material reality as if to make viewers question their relationship to their fellow men (and women).
*Washi: traditional Japanese paper