Michel Alexis Biography

 



Born in Paris, 1960, self-taught

Awards & Grants

2003
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

1994
Pollock-Krasner Foundation

1992
Ministere de la Culture, France

Solo Exhibitions

2015
"Failings of Spring", Boyd Satellite Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2014
"Lost and Found" Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2012
"Leda et le signe", Galerie Isabelle Gounod, Paris

2011
"The Body of the Text" , Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2009
Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2008
"Syllabary", Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2006
"Epigrams", Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

"Stolen Diaries", Isabelle Gounod Galerie, Paris, France

Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2005
"Synesthesia", Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

Heriard - Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2003
"Subtracted Word", Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2002
"Alphabets", Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2001
Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA

1999
"Epigrams", Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA

"Hide-Seek", Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1997
"Stein's Diary 2", University of Denver, Denver, CO

"The Birthday Book", Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY

Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1995
"Stein's Diary 1" Dahn Gallery, New York, NY

Ruth Bachofner, Santa Monica, CA

1993
Espace Malraux, Maison de la Culture, Chambery, France

1990
Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (catalogue)

1988
Michael Ivey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1987
Michael Ivey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1986
Joslyn Center of the Arts, Torrance, CA

Double Rocking G Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1985
Double Rocking G Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



Selected Group Exhibitions

2014
FIAC (OFF)ICIELLE Galerie Isabelle Gounod, Paris

"Finn, again"
Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine, International Collage Center, curator Pavel Zoubok

2013
Remix, International Collage Center,
Katonah Museum of Art, NY

2012
International Collage Center,
The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO

"Rock-Paper-Scissors", Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
(Alexis, Doug and Mike Starn, Tracey Emin, Larry Zox, Oakes twins)

2011
DRAWING NOW 2011, Paris, France

" Spectrum", Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

ICC selection, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA

2010

SLICK 2010, Galerie Isabelle Gounod, Paris, France

"Nexus", Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2009
"Traces", Isabelle Gounod Galerie, Paris, France

"White", Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2008
"Confluence", Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
Elins Eagle-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006
"Solstice" Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2005
"Labyrinth", Holland Tunnel Gallery, Paros, Greece

2004
"Narrative Abstraction", Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2003
"Coda" Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY
Werner Bommer Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
TGN Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2002
Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY

Robert McClain Gallery., Houston, TX

Espacio L. Domus, Madrid, Spain

2001
Elga Wimmer Gallery, "Project 1", New York, NY ( M.Alexis, Sam Samore, Fabrice Hybert, Carolee Schneeman, Bridget Smith )

2000
"Surface Tension", Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1999
"Unlocking the Grid", University of Rhode Island, Main Gallery,
Kingston, RI ( M. Alexis, Sean Scully, J. Snyder, J. Torres-Garcia )

1998
Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY

1997
"World View", Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, New York, NY

1996
"Word, Image, Gesture", Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA

1995
"The Outside Inside Gertrude Stein", Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund, Germany

1993
"The Return of the Cadavres Exquis" Drawing Center, New York, NY

"Artist in the Marketplace", The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (catalog)

"Patterns", Dannenberg Gallery, New York, NY

1992
"Visions of Nocturnes" Gallery 1102, New York, NY

"The Rope Show", Artists Space, New York, NY

1991
Musee Dauphinois, Grenoble, France (catalog)

1990
Salon de Montrouge, France

1988
Michael Walls Gallery, New York, NY

1985
"Quintet Quintessence", Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Collections

Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund, Germany
Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Bank of California, Beverly Hills, CA
MGM , Las Vegas, NV
New World Pictures, Los Angeles, CA
Ritz Carlton, Seoul, Korea
Peninsula hotel, Paris
News Corporation Inc., New York, NY
Toyota, Los Angeles, CA
Hoggard Wagner Collection, New York, NY
Golinelli Collection, Bologna, Italy


Statement

The basic structure of my paintings is derived from a childhood ritual.
Alone, lying down, I would stare for a long time at my bedroom ceiling, a blank square ornamented by an intricate frieze.
There, I would effortlessly reconcile the minimal and Baroque elements of the decor and combine them into imaginary, enigmatic shapes, suspended between the lure of the void and the exuberant profusion of life.

La structure de base de mes peintures me vient d’un rituel d’enfance.
Seul, allongé, je contemplais longuement le plafond de ma chambre, un carré blanc orné d’une frise.
Sans effort, je réconciliais les éléments antagonistes de ce décor baroque et minimal pour en faire surgir des formes nouvelles, énigmatiques, suspendues entre le néant et le foisonnement de la vie.