Philippe Pasqua portrait - Photo by Romain Mounier-Poulat

Philippe Pasqua

France 1965

Sculpture, Painting, Drawing

Philippe Pasqua
Philippe Pasqua
August 15, 2015
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Philippe Pasqua is a self-taught French painter and sculptor, a master of capturing fleeting nature of mortal existence. The artist is known for his boldly raw nudes and sensual up-close and personal portraits, and sculptures created from materials such as human and animal skulls embellished with precious metals and butterfly wings. Pasqua was born in 1965 in Grasse, France. He dedicated himself to painting when he was 18.

Lucille, 2003

Philippe Pasqua - Lucille, 2003
Philippe Pasqua – Lucille, 2003

Disabilities, differences, obscenity and the sacred are some of Pasqua’s favorite topics. As an example, he portrays the ones from the margins of society – transsexuals, prostitutes, handicapped, people with Down’s syndrome and other disabilities, or people who are blind. Facial features of his portrayed subjects seem to be painted on as if cut in with a knife – an abstracted flesh lies in stark contrast with the peaceful and eerie expressions of his subjects.

Pasqua’s Paintings

Left Philippe Pasqua - Constance, 2011, Right Philippe Pasqua - Untitled, 2012
Left: Philippe Pasqua – Constance, 2011 / Right: Philippe Pasqua – Untitled, 2012

Philippe Pasqua’s representation of flesh references Bacon, while his reverence for portraiture and loose brushstrokes is influenced by Hals. For the viewer, it seems that his paintings with loosely rendered, expressive brushstrokes don’t represent skin, but rather flesh. Opposite to his large-format paintings of flesh and bone, Pasqua creates drawings and layered, mixed-media works on paper in which the figure becomes a halo, mist, smoke – emerging from the sketched contours and textures.

Skull Sculptures and Tattooed Vanitas

Left Philippe Pasqua - Untitled, Right Philippe Pasqua - Crane Face Tatouage, Violet, 2012
Left: Philippe Pasqua – Untitled, 2014 / Right: Philippe Pasqua – Crane Face Tatouage, Violet, 2012

Since 1990, Pasqua’s work has been featured in numerous group and one-man exhibitions throughout Europe and also in Hong Kong, Mexico, South Korea, Israel and the United States. His artworks were also featured in several publications, from The New York Times and Vogue to Le Monde and Le Figaro. He is represented by UNIX Gallery in New York.

Philippe Pasqua lives and works in Paris.

All images courtesy of UNIX Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Philippe PasquaUNIX Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012Philippe PasquaZemack Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, IsraelSolo
2012Philippe PasquaFondation Fernet Branca, Saint-Louis, FranceSolo
2012Philippe PasquaAbsolute Art Gallery, Brugge, BelgiumSolo
2012Philippe PasquaGalerie RX, Paris, FranceSolo
2012Philippe PasquaOpera Gallery, London, Great BritainSolo
2012Philippe PasquaOpera Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
2012Philippe PasquaSpace SBH, St. Barthelemy, AnguillaSolo
2011Philippe PasquaWhite Moon Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
2011Philippe PasquaGalerie Laurent Strouk, Paris, FranceSolo
2011Philippe PasquaAbsolute Art Gallery, Knokke, BelgiumSolo
2011Philippe PasquaGallery 604, Busan, South KoreaSolo
2011Philippe PasquaArt Paris 2011, Grand Palais, ParisSolo
2010Philippe PasquaGalerie Laurent Strouk, Paris, FranceSolo
2009Philippe PasquaKestner Pro Arte, Hannover, GermanySolo
2009CraneArtCurial, Paris, FranceSolo
2009CraneIsola di San Servolo, VeniceSolo
2007Philippe PasquaGalerie RX, Paris, FranceSolo
2006Philippe PasquaPatrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CASolo
2006MondolirondoGalería Valle Ortí, ValenciaSolo
2006Philippe PasquaSpike Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2005Philippe PasquaCentre Culturel de la Ville de Metz, FranceSolo
2004PlaytimeGalería T20, MurciaSolo
2004PlaytimeGalería La Fábrica, MadridSolo
2004That´s Art FolksGalería, Cavecanem, SevillaSolo
2004NeverlandSala Carlos III, PamplonaSolo
2003Philippe PasquaGalerie Hengevoss Durkop-Jensen, Hamburg, GermanySolo
2003LucilleGalerie RX, Paris, FranceSolo
2002Les Miroirs de l’ âmePalais Bénédictine, Fécamp, FranceSolo
2002Bloc PortraitGalerie Hengevoss-Durkop-Jensen, Hamburg, GermanySolo
2002InaugurationGalerie Rx, Paris, FranceGroup
2001FreakshowGalería Bores y Mallo, CáceresSolo
2001ToontoonHotel y Arte, Galería T20, MurciaSolo
2001TraumaGalerie Hengevoss-Durkop-Jensen, Hamburg, GermanySolo
2001Face OffGalerie Aeroplastics Damasquine, Bruxelles, BelgiumGroup
2000Obra Muy RecienteGalería T20, MurciaSolo
2000Narcisse blessePassage du Retz, ParisGroup
1999Philippe PasquaGalerie Lucien Duranc, Paris, FranceSolo
1999La Machine à eauCentre d’Art Contemporain de Mons, BelgiumSolo
1999Fétiches, FétichismesPassage du RetzGroup
1998Philippe PasquaEspace d’Art Yvonamor Palix, MexicoSolo
199880 Artistes Autour du MondialGalerie Enrico Navarra, ParisGroup
1998HygièneEspace d’Art Yvonar Palix, MexicoGroup
1998HygièneFondation La Source, La Guéroulde, France Group
1998Collection Ahrenberg: 50 ans d’histoire de l’artMons, BelgiumGroup
19973 Visions de l’Art Contemporain FrançaisGalerie Martini, Hong KongGroup
1996Philippe PasquaGalerie Boulakia, ParisSolo
1995Philippe PasquaChâteau de Grouchy, Osny, FranceSolo
1995Philippe PasquaEspace Dautzenberg, BruxellesSolo
1995Philippe PasquaThe International Center, Detroit, MichiganSolo
1994Association AidesEspace Cardin, ParisGroup
1994Chaussures d’ArtistesFundacio Joan Miro, BarcelonaGroup
1992Group ShowSalon des Grands et Jeunes d’Aujourd’hui, Paris, FranceGroup
1991Philippe PasquaGalerie Wo Mang & Partners, Paris, FranceSolo
1990Philippe PasquaEspace Confluence, Paris, FranceSolo
1990Group ShowMaison des Arts au Beausset, FranceGroup