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Artist Spotlight: Cyril Laffitau

Wynwood Exhibit Enables Secret Codes


Cyril Laffitau was born in Bordeaux, France, and creates his art in Suresnes, a suburb of Paris. His artistic medium? Acrylic.

After working in television, music and photography, Laffitau took the plunge into painting creations, each one more remarkable than the last, combining design, humor and coded messages.

Each painting is customizable and changeable thanks to the artist's own technique. The QR code keeps the same visual, but it enables the possibility to change the message using a secret code given to the buyer. The paintings presented in the gallery are 1/1 m canvas mounted on a stretcher frame, using various techniques: collage, acrylic and knife painting.

He is currently exhibiting at Leilia Murdoch Gallery in Wynwood.

Photographer:

miamiartzine.com interview with the artist

Photographer:

How did you get started?
First I used to always film and use video support as it is a very interactive medium, I did a lot of creative work for many years; then I realized I could communicate with the consumer using QRX codes. I wanted to create the leaving room SMS, and merged the two media in one message (Painting + Tech = Love)

Who or what are your influences?
Warhol, Basquiat, Duchamp, Magritte and music and rock 'n' roll.

What inspires your work? The news.

How does Miami/South Florida influence your work?
The weather.

How would you describe your work?
"Dans l'Air du Temps" (Fashionable in the moment).

What was your "aha" moment where you knew that you had "arrived" as an artist?
I didn't realized myself, it's the others who kept telling me I had talent, that I was the "yeye man" (the rock roll man). It made me very "happy."

What has been the most unusual reaction to your work from the public?
Well mostly very intrigued, until they understand you can send a message to your spouse from the other side of the world directly. Everyday/anytime you can change the message of the painting.

What would you like to achieve as an artist?
To be recognized while I am still alive.

Where can we see your work?
Leila Murdoch Gallery in Wynwood, where you can read the QRX code on the painting and discover by yourself, and on the website www.cmontableau.net

The Lelia Mordoch Gallery first opened in Paris in 1992. In 2009, after several years of active presence in the South Florida International fairs, the gallery opened in Miami's Wynwood Arts District. Located at 2300 N. Miami Ave., call 786.4131506 or www.leliamordochgalerie.com.


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