Herve Di Rosa

Herve Di Rosa /   Hervé Di Rosa

France 1959

Sculpture, Painting


Herve Di Rosa
Hervé Di Rosa
June 9, 2016
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

Many artists throughout history have shown that to be an artist means to express through creation, regardless of its form. Consequently, portfolios of a large number of artists contain more than one type of creative output, spanning sculpture, painting, drawing, and many other various mediums and their combination. An artist that pushes this notion to its limits in contemporary times is Hervé Di Rosa, immersed into all sorts of creative ways throughout his prolific career. Known and recognized widely for his signature caricatures, his diverse practice faithfully keeps the spirit of Pop, finding its way to numerous collections and gallery walls.

Herve Di Rosa - Simplon 1, 2012
Herve Di Rosa – Simplon 1, 2012

Artist of the World

With his first exhibition held in 1981, Di Rosa has developed his practice extensively and in a number of different directions. Truly diverse, he’s been across the globe learning all sorts of skills that would lead to artistic expression, showing his work just as far and wide. From Tunisia, Bulgaria, and Ghana to Cuba, Mexico, and the United States, among others, Herve Di Rosa traveled seeking knowledge and establishing a unique place in the contemporary world of art. Forming a style that contains a lot of different elements yet belongs to none, his works are recognizable regardless of the medium.

Herve Di Rosa established a unique place in the contemporary world of art

Herve Di Rosa - Les deux vagabonds et le simplon, 1988
Herve Di Rosa – Les deux vagabonds et le simplon, 1988

Diversity of Di Rosa’s Art

Although diverse in medium and techniques in his portrayals, Di Rosa’s art never strays from his bold designs and iconic characters which enable his works to be singled out from the crowd. Applying an aesthetic akin to the common people, his travels led him to implement his style to a myriad of different traditional techniques, starting from the Bulgarian icon-painting style. After several decades, his oeuvre is no less than astonishing, encompassing designing woven baskets in South Africa, sewn clothes called Mullah in Colombia, bronze sculptures in West Cameroon, lacquers in Vietnam, sequin Voodoo flags in Haiti, and other artistic creations. Known for a recurring narrative with recognizable characters that span various mediums, Di Rosa shows that art can truly take any form.

The artist shows that art can truly take any form

Herve Di Rosa - Naissance de la figure, 1987
Herve Di Rosa – Naissance de la figure, 1987

Supporting the World of Art

Implementing a large variety of crafts into his work brings merits beyond those of his own output: Hervé Di Rosa has revitalized a large number of those techniques by incorporating them into his practice. His art has brought him great acclaim over the years and he was charged with executing numerous public frescoes and murals in France, Japan, Italy, and Mexico, in addition to exhibiting widely across the globe. With his work being on display in museums around the world, Di Rosa decided to give back to the art world and the new generation of artists to come, founding the International Museum of Humble Arts in 2000 in Sète. Covering many fields of contemporary art, Herve Di Rosa is a true face of artistic expression.

The artist is represented by Joël Knafo Art Gallery.

Di Rosa lives and works in Miami and Paris.

Featured image: Herve Di Rosa. Photo via rouvre.com.
All other photos courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015 Hervé Di Rosa. Autour du monde, 11e étape Foumban, 2003-2015 galerie Louis Carré & Cie, ParisSolo
2015 Art to be around the world Art To Be Gallery, LilleSolo
2015 Le grand bazar des Multivers AD Galerie, MontpellierSolo
2015 Hervé Di Rosa Centre d’art contemporain, Auvers-sur-OiseSolo
2015 Identité, Identités Centre d’art contemporain, ChâtelleraultGroup
2015 Dehors-Dedans Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roch, IssoudunGroup
2015 Figuration libre, historique d’une aventure Musée Paul Valéry, SèteGroup
2015 Délices d’artistes Musée d’art de Toulon, ToulonGroup
2014 Modestes Tropiques Musée du Quai Branly, ParisSolo
2014 Hervé Di Rosa Maison Elsa Triolet Aragon, Saint-Arnoult-en-YvelinesSolo
2014 Hier c’est demain Galerie JCM Billy, La BauleSolo
2014 Hervé Di Rosa Classic Galerie Claire Gastaud, Clermont-FerrandSolo
2014 Le Mur La collection Antoine de Galbert La Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2014 Sculpture du Sud…d’une rive à l’autre de la Méditerranée Fondation Villa Datris, L’isle-sur-la-SorgueGroup
2014 Le Festin de l’art palais des Arts et du Festival, DinardGroup
2014 Dessinez Eros ! galerie Odile Ouizeman, ParisGroup
2014 Le peintre et l’Arène. Art et tauromachie, de Goya à Barceló Musée d’art moderne de Céret, CéretGroup
2014 De la pierre à l’écran, studio Franck Bordas, Paris Centre de la gravure et de l’image imprimée, La Louvière, BelgiqueGroup
2014 Faites vos vœux ! ex-votos d’artistes contemporains Musée de la PosteGroup
2014 Tour des mondes Caisse régionale d’Assurance Maladie d’Ile-de-France, ParisGroup
2013 Di Rosa Grafica Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, MadridSolo
2013 Cosmos galerie Petits Papiers Sablon, BruxellesGroup
2012 DiRosaMagazine Musée des Beaux-Arts, AngoulêmeSolo
2012 Ex-votos Galerie Moisan, ParisGroup
2011 Hervé Di Rosa, 1998-2011. Détours du monde Campredon Centre d’art, L’Isle-sur-la-SorgueSolo
2011 HEY ! modern art & pop culture musée de la Halle Saint-Pierre, ParisGroup
2010 Hervé Di Rosa. Work in progress centre d’Art contemporain, EysinesSolo