Denis Castellas was born in Marseille in 1951 and currently working out of Nice. He has a distinctly French style of painting. His use of pastel colors is a refreshing break from the thick, glossy earth tones that are popular in contemporary art today. He taps into early 20th century artists like the impressionists and photographers. The dreamy atmosphere in all of his paintings is what makes them so enchanting.

Most of Castellas pictures are documents of culture. He depicts Lenin, a bullfighter, Mozart, and Rodchenko’s friend Maiakovski. He also captures traditional French characters like a man smoking on the street, little lap dogs, and perfectly quaffed children. His paintings are as delectable as a French pastry.

Denis Castellas mostly shows in France, but has also exhibited in Belgium, Spain and Italy. The Lowe Gallery is proud to bring his work to the United States.

BORN
Born in Marseille 25th July 1951.
Live and works in Nice

Solo Exhihbitions
2006 – Galerie Catherine Issert, SAINT-PAUL-DE VENCE
2005 - Galerie des Beaux Arts, NANTES
2003 - La Chaufferie, STRASBOURG.
2002 - Vasistas Gallery, MONTPELLIER.
2001 - Carousel Gallery, PARIS.
1999 - FRAC Bourgogne, DIJON.
1999 - Picasso museum, ANTIBES. (cat).
1997 - Jean-François Dumont Gallery, BORDEAUX.
1995 - Gallery Carrée, Villa Arson, NICE.
1995 - Gabriel Vitte Gallery, AJACCIO.
1995 - Jean-François Dumont Gallery, BORDEAUX.
1994 - Quartier Général ART CONCEPT Gallery. NICE.
1993 - Retour de rêves La Criée, Market Contemporary of Art, RENNES
1992 - Christiane Chassay Gallery, MONTREAL.
1991 - Gallery of School Art , NIMES.
1991 - Del Academia Gallery, BOLOGNE.
1990 - Porte-Avion Gallery, Art Transit, MARSEILLE.
1989 - Public order of the aviation base of ISTRES, France.
(plaquette).
1989 - Jean-François Dumont Gallery, BORDEAUX.
1989 - Gallery of the Villa , Villa Arson, NICE. (cat).
1989 - Charles Cartwright Gallery, PARIS.
1988 - Latitude Gallery, NICE.
1986 - Gallery Communale San Pietro Terme, BOLOGNE. (cat).
1982 - F. Palluel Gallery, PARIS.
1981 - Anne Roger Gallery, NICE.
1980 - Cycle peinture Fraîche, GAC, NICE. (brochure).

Group Exhibitions
2006 – Galerie Catherine Issert, SAINT-PAUL-DE VENCE
2005 - Alberola, Castellas, Pesce, Galerie Catherine Issert - ST PAUL DE VENCE
Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire – PARIS
“7 à Marie”, CHARTREUSE DE VALBONNE
2004 - "FRAGILITE", Charles Cartwright Gallery - GENT, BELGIUM
Denis Castellas, Valerie Favre, Gregory Forstner - KUB, Soardi Gallery, NICE
ART BRUSSEL - Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve - PARIS
2003 - "Traits pour traits" Collection FRAC - Chateau de Carros, CARROS
- ART LIFE, Cartwright Gallery, GENT, BELGIUM
ARTPARIS - Suzanne Tarasieve Gallery - PARIS, Carousel du Louvre
2002 - ARCO , International Art Fair MADRID, SPAIN
FRAC Bourgogne - DIJON, FRANCE
Voilà la France, CUNEO, ITALY
2001 Ibilerak. Las representaciones del andar, 1962-1999 (One century of surveyors, the walking figures, from Wahrol to Nauman) Koldo Mitxelena Exhibition Hall in DONOSTIA - SAN SEBASTIAN, in SPAIN
2000 - 2001- "VOICI, One hundred year of Contemporary Art" Museum of Fines Arts of BRUXELLES.
2000 - Drawings, CAROUSEL Gallery, in PARIS
- "En aparté" Château le Bouïs and the FRAC Languedoc Roussillon
- "Un siècle d'arpenteurs, les figures de la marche, de Wahrol à Nauman"
(One century of surveyors, the walking figures, from Wahrol to Nauman ) PICASSO Museum, in ANTIBES
1998 - "Denk Bilder". CAROUSEL Gallery.in PARIS
1998 - "Tableaux d'une histoire"(Canvas of an history), Collection of Regional Contemporary Art PACA. Villa Arson - in NICE
1998 - Arte Fiera. Cercle Franco-Suisse et Italo-Français de Bologne. in BOLOGNE
1996 - "Chimériques polymères". Plastic Art in XX century.
1994 - "Ni moi, ni un autre", avec Richard Fauguet Au Progrès Gallery in CLARET.
1993 - Castellas-Hybert-Laube, Ateliers Lorette, in MARSEILLE.
- "Kiki the Last", ART CONCEPT Gallery. in NICE. (Kiki the Last newspaper).
1992 - "Les mystères de l’auberge espagnole", Villa Arson, in NICE. (cat).
1991 - "The Art love", an exhibition of contemporary art in France. in LYON (cat).
1990 - "Lointains imaginaires", Latitude Gallery, in NICE.
- "Stabat mater ou la passion des 12", Charles Cartwright Gallery, in PARIS.(cat).
1988 - Azemard-Agoffroy-Castellas, Carreton-Laune Gallery, in NIMES.
1987 - "Silence", in STRASBOURG. (cat).
1986 - Castellas-Mercier, Archétypes Gallery, in NICE.
- Castellas-V. Isnard, Fines Arts Gallery , in NANTES.
- MuroTorto, l’Ollave Gallery, in LYON.
1985 - Biennale de Tours. (cat).
- Castellas-Mercier-Olivier, l’Ollave Gallery, in LYON
- Villa Arson, NICE. (cat).
1984 - Angeletti-Castellas, le Faisan Gallery, in STRASBOURG.
1983 - "Artist Polaroïd", SAINT-ETIENNE.
1982 - "Ten years of purchaseof Nice Museum". in NICE.
1982 - "L’Air du temps",Gallery of Contemporary Art of the NICE Museum.
1981 - "Four niçois in Paris" Paris, F. Palluel Gallery, in PARIS.
1980 - Provence Côte d’Azur, House of Arts, in CRETEIL.
1980 - "Drawing in Nice",Calibre 33 Gallery, in NICE.
1980 - Nice-Berlin, DAAD, in BERLIN. (cat).
1979 - "Grands Formats", Anne Roger Gallery,i n NICE.
1976 - Lachèze-Castellas to Malabar et Cunégonde, in NICE.
1974 - Lachèze - Castellas to Malabar et Cunégonde, in NICE.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
GIRARD Xavier : Art Press n° 56, February1982.
BERNSTEIN Claire : Art Press n° 133, February 1989.
LEPAGE Jacques : DC Densité - Kanal N° 42, April 1989
LEPAGE Jacques : Kanal n° 1, August-September 1989.
BERNSTEIN Claire : Juliet Art Magazine, September 1989
BERNSTEIN Claire : "Secrètes négations" + - 0 n° 54, October 1989.
BERNSTEIN Claire : "Denis Castellas : une simple présence" - Art Press
n 141, November 1989.
ARNAUDET Didier : Art Press n° 224, May 1997.
MOUTON Joseph : "La vie sauvée de Denis Castellas" Art Press n° 244, March 1999
PIGUET Philippe, Denis Castellas, L'art du peu, l'Oeil, n° 505, Arpril 1999
DAGEN Philippe : "Au delà des images, la peinture secrète de Denis CASTELLAS" Le Monde. 8th May 1999
Denis Castellas, L'Express magazine, n°2517, 30th September 1999
FRANCA Michel : COTE n° 87 May 1999
TIO BELLIDO Ramon : ARS NOVA MEDITERRANEA 2/00 - A Debate.
DAGEN Philippe : "Apparitions imprévisibles" Le Monde, 18th February 2001.
BERTOLINO Georges, Nice-Matin, march 2001
ATTIAS Laurie : Denis Castellas, in Artnews, may 2001 DAGEN Philippe : - "Les hybridations et les greffes picturales de Denis Castellas- ", Le Monde, 5 Décembre 2003.
CATALOG
DI PIETRANTONIO Giacinto : Giri a vuoto di una superficie nota - Bologne 1986.
PIGUET Philippe : Les cinq Sens de Denis Castellas. ( brochure) 1986.
SAUVAGEOT Jacques : Brochure of Fines Arts Gallery, Nantes 1986.
COUDERC Sylvie : "Trace dans la trace" - catalogue Latitude -Villa Arson
1989 p. 9
BERNARD Christian : "Sans le chat ni le sourire"
catalog Latitude-Villa Arson 1989, p 7
Catalog Denis CASTELLAS : LATITUDE Gallery & Villa Arson Nice 1989.
LE PILLOUER Pierre : catalog TXT, Bruxelles 1989.
L’Amour de l’Art : une exposition de l’art contemporain en France Lyon
(3 sept - 13 oct. 1991) p 324 à 327
Chimériques Polymères : Le Plastique dans l’Art du XXe siècle.
(29 juin - 15 Septembre 1996) p 141.
LATREILLE Emmanuel : "Qui a peur de détruire la beauté ?" p 7
MOUTON Joseph : "Dialectique du pur artiste" p 53
DE DUVE Thierry : "Denis Castellas ou la technique de l'innocence" p 83
Catalog Denis Castellas Picasso Museum Antibes - FRAC BOURGOGNE 1999.
VITAMIN P : New perspectives in painting - PHAIDON.

MEDIA
"The Art love", 1st Biennale exhibition of contemporary art in France. FRANCE CULTURE (Radio)
VOICI " One hundred year of Contemporary Art" Museum of Fines Art of Bruxelles - January 2001 - Metropolis ARTE.
 

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