Jean-Marc Calvet is a Nicaragua-based French contemporary artist known for his vibrant paintings of multitude of small details. He began painting at a point in his life when he was facing extreme crisis.
Born in 1965 in Nice, Calvet has lived a troubled life as a bent cop, underworld bodyguard, criminal fugitive and nightclub impresario whose drinking and drug use were out of control. He holed up living alone in his Nicaraguan villa for up to three months with nothing but drugs and paranoid delusions for company.
Aged 38, he overcame addictions through an astonishing metamorphosis in which he discovered painting. During several months he painted secretly in his house, still abusing drugs and alcohol. Slowly, Calvet began letting people into his house and painting became his new addiction that provided him with a crucial form of emotional release. He saw painting as a way to deal with his past, a way to rehabilitate after all of his transgressions.
Today, he is widely recognized artist whose work depicts the inner struggle the artist has worked through. His highly-detailed pieces are characterized by its intense colours and small shapes often depicting head skull with wide eyes and an open mouth.
Jean-Marc Calvet’s paintings have been included in many individual and collective shows at galleries and art fairs worldwide including Galerie Jane Griffiths, Val d’Isere, France; Galerie Loic Vallee, Nantes, France; Galería Pléyades, Granada, Nicaragua; Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery, New York, USA; Gallery Amerias Collection Miami, USA; Gallery Ruine Geneve, Switzerland; Casa Instalación San José, Costa Rica; and Codice Gallery Managua, Nicaragua, among others.
Calvet is the subject of a 90-minute documentary by British director Dominic Allan premiered in 2011.
He is represented by Artemisia Gallery in New York.
Portrait Photo by Firewalk Films
Images Courtesy Artemisia Gallery and Jean-Marc Calvet
|2015||Between You and Me||MZ Urban Art, New York, USA||Solo|
|2015||Unknown||French Art Studio, London, UK||Group|
|2015||Unknown||Frederick Holmes and Company, Seattle, USA||Group|
|2015||Unknown||AAF New York, MZ Urban Art, New York, USA||Group|
|2015||Unknown||Galerie Jane Griffiths, Val d'Isere, France||Group|
|2015||Unknown||Galerie Loic Vallee, Nantes, France||Group|
|2014||Unknown||Galerie Jane Griffiths, Val d'Isere, France||Group|
|2014||Obsession||MZ Urban Art, New York, USA||Group|
|2014||Unknown||Galerie Hiero, Nice, France||Group|
|2014||Unknown||Galerie 112, Aix-en-Provence, France||Group|
|2014||Unknown||Galerie Ricco, Calvi, France||Group|
|2013||Jean-Marc Calvet||MZ Urban Art, New York, USA||Solo|
|2013||Jean-Marc Calvet||Galerie Mark Hachem, Paris, France||Solo|
|2013||Festival Internacional de la Peosia||Galeria Pleyades, Granada, Nicara||Solo|
|2012||Jean-Marc Calvet||Museum Freedom Tower Miami Dade College||Solo|
|2012||Jean-Marc Calvet||Galeria Pleyades, Managua, Nicaragua||Solo|
|2011||Invasion||Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery, New York, USA||Solo|
|2011||Jean-Marc Calvet||Gallery Amerias Collection Miami, USA||Solo|
|2011||Jean-Marc Calvet||Gallery Ruine Geneve, Switzerland||Solo|
|2010||NO RETURN||Gallery Area 23, Miami, USA||Solo|
|2009||Jean-Marc Calvet||Codice Gallery Managua, Nicaragua||Solo|
|2009||Biennial of Nicaraguan Visual Arts (Bienal de Artes Visuales Nicaraguense)||Managua, Nicaragua||Group|
|2008||Redemption||Monkdogz Gallery Chelsea New York, USA||Solo|
|2008||The Darker Side of Midnight||Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery Chelsea New York, USA||Solo|
|2007||VI Bienal de Artes Visuales Nicaraguense||Managua, Nicaragua||Group|
|2006||Exposition Internationale d'Arts Plastiques||Paris, France||Group|
|2005||Seven nights in a Week||Gallery 43 8av New York, USA||Solo|
|2005||2nd International Festival of Fusion Art||Granada, Nicaragua||Group|
|2005||1st International Festival of Poetry (Festival International de la Poesia)||Visual Arts Section, Granada, Nicaragua||Group|
|2004||Los locos tambien van al cielo||Gallery Paseo de Arte Granada, Nicaragua||Solo|
|2004||1st International Festival of Fusion Art||Granada Nicaragua||Group|
|2004||Unknown||Julio Cortazar Museum of Contemporary Art (Museum d’Arte Contemporaneo Julio Cortazar), Managua, Nicaragua||Group|
|2003||Fusion||Gallery Casa cultural Guatemala||Solo|
|2003||Evolution||Gallery Anil Managua, Nicaragua||Solo|
|2002||Tornado||Casa Instalación San Jose, Costa Rica||Solo|