Philippe Pasqua is a self taught painter and sculptor, born in 1975 in France. His life as an artist did not begin until he was 18 years old and happened to see the reproduction of a Francis Bacon painting in a book. After that, he set to work teaching himself to paint by doing, as he has never taken an art course.
He first started exhibiting his work in Paris in the 1990s and he is now included in many French and international collections.
Getting under the skin is a recurring theme in his work. He begins by painting some kind of fetishes or enigmatic silhouettes that evoke voodoo. Then, gradually, his gaze turns to those standing around him. He interferes with the twists and turns of people’s intimate depths, going right into the innermost areas of their being.
As a counterpoint to this physical work, there are his grand drawings. The face or the body becomes a halo, mist, smoke, stroke, vibration. It is no longer so much a case of flesh as of sketched contours and delicate textures.