Christophe Carlier is best known for his vibrant, naturalistic, multi-colored paintings of Mexican flora, landscape and traditional culture. Originally from Belgium, Carlier developed a passion for Mexican traditions and folklore. In 2010 he decided to move to Mexico. In the rural surroundings of his new home, Carlier found a true artistic inspiration. Through deep observation, the artist is creating open compositions, with simple colored surfaces and rich, colorful object, that at times seem to take over the entire painting’s plane. Christophe Carlier’s work is actually a form of colorful meditation, a spiritual moment, when color is perceived with the soul and not with the eyes.
“If you look closely at a cactus, it is not just green. Its shadows, its lights, its textures reflect a range of complex colors that come together in a mass perceived as green and my work as an artist is to teach the world that we do not necessarily see what we think we see.”
Christophe Carlier has exhibited his works in group and solo exhibitions in Europe, South America and North America.
University degree at the Fine Arts Academy of Tournai 1997-2001
Pedagogical aggregation at the Fine Arts Academy of Tournai 2004.
High school art at the Fine Arts Academy of Namur 1994-1996.
Multidisciplinary at the Fine Arts Academy of Tamines 1984-1990
Drawing at the Fine Arts Academy of Charleroi
Comic at the Fine Arts Academy of Châtelet
Anatomical drawing at the Fine Arts Academy of Tournai
Engraving at the Fine Arts Academy of Ixelles
Engraving on copper at the Fine Arts Academy of Etterbeek 2002-2005
Educational experience:Teacher of painting at the Fine Arts Academy of Etterbeek 2005-2010.
Born in Belgium in 1978. At the age of 6 he began his studies and practice of drawing and initiation to the multidisciplinary arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tamines where he developed and learned the different artistic practices for six years.
At the age of 12 he attended a natural drawing workshop at the Academy of Fine Arts in Charleroi, alternating his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chatelet, integrating himself to the workshop of Comic and Illustration for the next four years; At this time begins his first experiences as an artist in the sale of some illustrations, drawings and stained glass designs.
Afterwards he studied art at the Fine Arts Academy of Namur where he completed his training, obtaining a prize in the drawing category. In 1997 he decided to take a university degree in painting, entering the Superior Academy of Fine Arts in the city of Tournai, finishing at the end of four years with a degree in Fine Arts with a specialty in painting, participating during this phase in several Collective exhibitions and an individual. At this time he received the second prize in the artistic competition of the Antoing (2000) with three self-portraits.
In 2001 he obtained the Prix Decouverte (Prize Discovery) selection at the Rouge-Cloitre Arts Center in his capital city Brussels, Belgium.
In 2002 he participated in his first exchange with Mexico entitled "Open doors" organized by the Michoacan Institute of Culture in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art "Alfredo Zalce" in Morelia, Michoacán.
Since 2003, he began his active participation in different collective exhibitions and some individual exhibitions. His work is exhibited in the Gallery 2016 (Brussels) where he presents a collection of works with a curatorial text of Eddy Devolder in 2006.
It participates in the par in different workshops of engraving with different techniques in the districts of the capital Ixelles and Etterbeek (2005-2007). He studied for a year of Pedagogy and Educational Psychology at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tounai (2004-2005) where he began his artistic education as a teacher of painting in the workshop of the Academy of Fine Arts "Constantin Meunier D ' Etterbeek "over the next four years.
In 2007 and 2009 he made his last solo exhibitions at the Alain Beciani Gallery in his native Belgium, and then moved to Mexico where he was established since then. In 2010 he is invited to participate in his first individual exhibition in the municipality of Pátzcuaro Michoacán in the Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita.
From his residence in Mexico (since 2010) he developed a taste for Mexican culture, participating as a founding member in a brand of contemporary craftsmanship inspired by the theme of popular art. In 2015 he resumed his career as a plastic artist from his workshop in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, with the exhibition "Impresiones Cifradas" for the Alas Gallery in 2017, where he shows his most recent production with naturalistic images, landscape and mexican traditional culture.
Some of these artworks were exhibited in the Monica Saucedo gallery, Colima, Mexico.
In July 2017, “cuento de Hojas” and “La milpa” were selected by the Saatchi SCREEN Project.
In the fall of 2018, he is selected by artlink for the galleries on board program and is exhibited until today through various art events aboard the 14 cruising ships of the Holland America lines fleet.
Group exhibitions and events:
2019 Artlink, art galleries on board, Holland America Lines ships.
2018 El papel del cartel, Division 9 gallery, Riverside, California, U.S.A.
2017 IREKANI - El lugar donde habitamos, MACAZ, Morelia, Mexico.
2017 Monica Saucedo gallery, Colima, México.
2017 "Cuento de hojas" and "La milpa" selected by Saatchi SCREEN, London, U.K.
2017 El papel del cartel, feria internacional por la tierra, Sicilia, Italy.
2016 El papel del cartel
-MACAZ, Morelia, México.
-Centro cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita, Pàtzcuaro, México.
2016 "Cala-Veritas" Tinta bazar, Morelia, México.
2015 "Tzompantli" .Centro cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita, Pàtzcuaro, México
2015 "Calaveritas" Tinta bazar, Morelia, México.
2007 Galerie 2016, Brussels, Belgium.
2003 Charivari gallery, Knokke, Belgium.
2003 Vertige Gallery, "Désirs...vos désirs sont désordre"
2002 Discovery price of the Rouge-Cloître, Belgium.
2001 Artistic awards of Tournai, Belgium.
2000 Artistic awards of Antoing, Belgium. Appointed second prize.
2000 Artistic awards of Tournai, Belgium.
2017 "Impresiones cifradas" Alas gallery, Pàtzcuaro, México.
2010 "MMX" Centro cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita, Pàtzcuaro, México.
2009 "Souvenirs des mers du sud" Alain Beciani gallery, Charleroi, Belgium.
2007 "L'esprit des lieux" Alain Beciani gallery, Charleroi, Belgium.