Pierre-François Grimaldi is a French contemporary artist best known for his collages made of vintage advertising posters from the 1930s to the 1970s. An urban archaeologist and collector of lost memories, he unearths these posters from the time during the renovations of the Paris Metro. The viewer can discern the history of these exposed and weakened papers, whether by their subject (political, advertising, and informative) or by their graphic, typographic content, and the palette of colors used. Though made from figurative posters, the final version of collages is very abstract. Through his choice of material and the technique he applies, Grimaldi has created a unique visual language populated with compositions that are dictated by his sensitivity, showing the evolution of our society and the ever-present excessive consumption.
Featured image: Pierre-François Grimaldi - Bouffes
Parisiennes, 2020 (detail). Collage on canvas. 23 3/5 × 23 3/5 × 2 2/5 in. 60 ×
60 × 6 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Galerie Art Jingle