Pascal Rochette is a French artist living in Palo Alto for the past 7 years, after spending nearly 30 years of his life in Bahia, Brazil. Before he goes back to Brazil, an Open Studio will allow to see his unique paintings, meet him and learn more about his artistic and anthropologist approach, and maybe own a piece before it leaves.
Meet the artist: a discussion will be engaged by the curator about the artist's passion for painting, his evolution between figurative and abstract art, and his understanding of Brazil's rainforest and the culture of native Pataxos.
Enjoy the intimate and authentic atmosphere of a private studio in Palo Alto, surrounded by paintings, books, jewelries from Brazil... Children are welcome!
See many paintings... and own some before they leave for Brazil! Some artist's books will be for sale.
*** Free cocktails, Brazilian and French homemade finger food for the first arrived ***
About the artist -
Pascal Rochette has exhibited and is represented in three continents: in São Paulo, Brazil, in Paris, France, and in San Francisco and Palo Alto, Northern California.
The artist's current phase reveals his devotion to the rich yet fragile tropical forest and its people, as well as a synthesis of figurative and abstract art.
Pascal recently shared the daily life of the native Pataxos, in Porto Seguro, Bahia. They taught him their traditions; he fell in love with their values.
Now more than ever, Pascal is absorbed in representing the invisible part of the rainforest's ecosystem, hoping to get closer to the Native's notion of the "spirit of the forest" (Xapiri), of nature as personification, or of nature itself.
The painter uses traditional techniques of superposition and the erasure of lines and colors. But the instinctive gesture prevails, freely depicting emotions of nature and culture.
They say -
"Pascal is a stranger who meets his vitality in the other, and tracks the real in Brazil - better known outside than inside -, of the Indian and the palm tree, of what presses and eliminates the gap between strangeness and charm: the Forest!" - Leonardo Goldberg, psychoanalyst, University of Sao Paulo.
"Pascal Rochette is a very accomplished, instinctive artist. His paintings look inevitable and surprising. Everything is there." - DeWitt Cheng, Curator, Stanford Art Spaces.