Jean-Marc Calvet

France 1965


Jean-Marc Calvet
Jean-Marc Calvet
November 8, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

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.

Highly-Detailed Pieces by Jean-Marc Calvet

Jean-Marc Calvet - Histoires de Famille - 2014 (Left) / King of Pain - 2014 (Right)
Jean-Marc Calvet – Histoires de Famille – 2014 (Left) / King of Pain – 2014 (Right)

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.

Calvet’s Paintings

Jean-Marc Calvet - Just an Illusion (Left) / Trick or Treat (Right)
Jean-Marc Calvet – Just an Illusion (Left) / Trick or Treat (Right)

Jean-Marc Calvet is based in a Nicaraguan city of Granada.

Portrait Photo by Firewalk Films
Images Courtesy Artemisia Gallery and Jean-Marc Calvet

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Between You and MeMZ Urban Art, New York, USASolo
2015UnknownFrench Art Studio, London, UKGroup
2015UnknownFrederick Holmes and Company, Seattle, USAGroup
2015UnknownAAF New York, MZ Urban Art, New York, USAGroup
2015UnknownGalerie Jane Griffiths, Val d'Isere, FranceGroup
2015UnknownGalerie Loic Vallee, Nantes, FranceGroup
2014UnknownGalerie Jane Griffiths, Val d'Isere, FranceGroup
2014ObsessionMZ Urban Art, New York, USAGroup
2014UnknownGalerie Hiero, Nice, FranceGroup
2014UnknownGalerie 112, Aix-en-Provence, FranceGroup
2014UnknownGalerie Ricco, Calvi, FranceGroup
2013Jean-Marc CalvetMZ Urban Art, New York, USASolo
2013Jean-Marc CalvetGalerie Mark Hachem, Paris, FranceSolo
2013Festival Internacional de la PeosiaGaleria Pleyades, Granada, NicaraSolo
2012Jean-Marc CalvetMuseum Freedom Tower Miami Dade CollegeSolo
2012Jean-Marc CalvetGaleria Pleyades, Managua, NicaraguaSolo
2011InvasionMonkdogz Urban Art Gallery, New York, USASolo
2011Jean-Marc CalvetGallery Amerias Collection Miami, USASolo
2011Jean-Marc CalvetGallery Ruine Geneve, SwitzerlandSolo
2010NO RETURNGallery Area 23, Miami, USASolo
2009Jean-Marc CalvetCodice Gallery Managua, NicaraguaSolo
2009Biennial of Nicaraguan Visual Arts (Bienal de Artes Visuales Nicaraguense)Managua, NicaraguaGroup
2008RedemptionMonkdogz Gallery Chelsea New York, USASolo
2008The Darker Side of MidnightMonkdogz Urban Art Gallery Chelsea New York, USASolo
2007VI Bienal de Artes Visuales NicaraguenseManagua, NicaraguaGroup
2006Exposition Internationale d'Arts PlastiquesParis, FranceGroup
2005Seven nights in a Week Gallery 43 8av New York, USASolo
20052nd International Festival of Fusion ArtGranada, NicaraguaGroup
20051st International Festival of Poetry (Festival International de la Poesia)Visual Arts Section, Granada, NicaraguaGroup
2004Los locos tambien van al cieloGallery Paseo de Arte Granada, NicaraguaSolo
20041st International Festival of Fusion ArtGranada NicaraguaGroup
2004UnknownJulio Cortazar Museum of Contemporary Art (Museum d’Arte Contemporaneo Julio Cortazar), Managua, NicaraguaGroup
2003FusionGallery Casa cultural GuatemalaSolo
2003EvolutionGallery Anil Managua, NicaraguaSolo
2002TornadoCasa Instalación San Jose, Costa RicaSolo