BIOGRAPHY

 

Born in 1977, Rodolphe Barsikian grew up in Sarcelles, in a cosmopolitan environment.

His passion for drawing does not arise randomly. As a child, he spent entire days in his maternal grandfather’s textile workshop. That transmitted the part of his Armenian cultural heritage to him.

Rodolphe Barsikian studied graphic design in Paris and later pursued artistic education at the Higher Institute of Applied Arts (LISAA) after studying at the Higher Professional School of Graphic Arts (EPSAA).

It was there that he met not very academic but mostly recognized graphic design professionals: the artist Stéphane Calais and Rocco, illustrator at Liberation. And especially remarkable was Maria Arnold, Swiss painter, who became graphic designer and is famous for having animated the militant collective GRAPUS, graphic designers active in the Parisian suburbs in the wake of May 68, who eventually deeply influenced his artistic career.

A stylist in the field of clothing, and then a professional graphic designer Rodolphe Barsikian soon divided himself between active life and personal creation. Step by step, he invents his own style. His digital compositions, drawn in vectoral style, feed on specific patterns, which the artist weaves between them, connecting them with an emotional thread.

He has chosen to use digital technologies, in a desire to dematerialize the graphic material, the central and aesthetic theme of his work. If his computer screen has supplanted the painter’s canvas, it is by hand that he creates on this tool all the forms, all the lines that guide his creations.

He participated in several collective expositions, with his “Vectoral Obsessions” first been presented in a retrospective of his works in November 2020 in Paris.