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Gilles Gorriti

Gilles Gorriti, an avid disciple of the French Modernist movement, was born in Paris in 1939 in a basque familly.Son of renowned artist Paul Aïzpiri, Gorriti grew up observing and learning from his father. His formal education began in 1955 at the Atelier de la Grande Chaumière, and continued at the Académie Julian in Paris. At just seventeen, Gorriti organized his first one-man exhibition at the Galerie Morval. The following year, 1958, he became a member of the Salon d’Automne, where he would continue to exhibit throughout his career.In 1962, he was invited to exhibit at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture. Later that year, in response to his widespread appeal and success, the city of Paris added one of his paintings to their influential collection.In 1965, his work appeared in the Fourth International Exhibition of Figurative Art in Japan.

Color is of the utmost importance to Gorriti, more so than subject matter. As a colorist, Gorriti is a virtuoso at using the full range of his palette. He creates both subtle, unobtrusive fragments of delicate tones alongside vibrantly orchestrated blocks of color, which demand attention. This striking interplay of colors is portrayed significantly and sets a stunning contrast to the generally serene subject matter, creating moods and stirring emotional responses from the viewer. His latest works highlight his genius as a colorist and as a master of texture.

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