André Brasilier, whose parents were also painters, was born in 1929 in Saumur, France. From an early age, he showed natural inclination for painting and he entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts at the age of 20.
In 1953, aged only 23, Brasilier won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome of painting. He had his first retrospective of 100 artworks from 1950-1980 at the Château de Chenonceau in 1980 and a Retrospective exhibition at the Musée Picasso-Château Grimaldi in Antibes (French Riviera) in 1988. Over the years he held numerous exhibitions all over the world: France,Germny, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, United States, Russia, The Netherland, Korea, Hong Kong… Notably, he was honoured by a retrospective exhibition of his work at Russia’s renowned Hermitage Museum in Saint-Pétersbourg in 2005 and at the Museum Haus Ludwig für kunstausstellungen in Germany in 2007.
Barislier’s works often feature themes and motifs of horses, nature, music and women. Set against the most simplistic and romantic backgrounds, he transports us easily into surreal landscapes, which lighten the soul with dreamy infusions of figures set in simplicity of colours, shape and form. In an intimate communion with nature, he draws his inspiration from its language, sounds and colours, thus revealing the natural beauty of our surroundings.
Although Brasilier bases his painting on reality, he is not a realistic painter, as once explained by Bernard de Montgolfier: "One could say that Brasilier has a very personal way of being non-figurative within figuration". Indeed, he strives to make the invisible visible again, opening the viewers’ eyes upon the non-obvious, in a relentless quest for intimate and cohesive humanism.
Brasilier’s exhibition in London includes his most notable themes, illustrating his love for nature, music, the human and life in general.