Jean Yen-Siou ,
born in 1962 in Paris , showed his vivid imagination with his first encyclopaedias
of classical illustrations. In his teens, he had a passion for comics. So, he
decided to study graphic and learned
how to synthesize the shapes.
In search of his
roots, Jean made his first trip to Tahiti.
He found some of his
family, and fascinated by the light and deep horizons, he returned after a
short trip home to Paris.
In Tahiti, he worked
as a draughtsman designer - much
influenced by the culture, the power of the omnipresent and unpredictable
nature, he painted his first gouaches [ a method of painting with opaque
watercolours mixed with a preparation of gum ].
Upon his return to
France, he involved himself in various jobs ; the theatre attracted him with
the allure of acting , but without putting out his flame of passion for his
first love - he paints mainly portraits. His discoveries in Tahiti still have a
strong presence in him - slowly, he drew inspiration from this and his
first oil paintings evolved from his memories of the landscapes and vivacious
colours of Tahiti. Hence, his portraits reflect distinctly a realistic style
with a dash of authenticity which ties in with the uniqueness of the painter.
In 1996, music made a
great impact on him and his perspective in art. He succeeded in capturing a
sense of unearthly energy toward a vision of the future.
Main exhibitions between 1998 and 2009:
Restaurant le vieux logis, Paris 17ème
Restaurant le petit prieuré, Paris 3ème
Les artistes indépendants, mairie de Sens, 89
Collège Simone Veil, Amilly, 45
Les amis des arts, Villejuif, 94
Restaurant le Picardie, 94
Médiathèque Aragon, Bagneux, 92
Centre socio culturel des Blagis, 92
Centre Guynemer, Châtillon, 92
Centre culturel château Laboissière, Fontenay aux roses, 92Lycée Jean Félix Paulsen, Chateaudun, 28
Mairie de Chateaudun, 28