Who is Jean-Robert Alcindor?
The contemporary French artist Jean-Robert Alcindor lives in Le Bouscat, France.
He is a psychoanalyst during the day and a compulsive self-taught painter in the evening.
Cartoonist wannabe in his early youth. One day he swapped his pencils for a guitar and devoted a fair bit of time to music in various surf music and punk rock bands.
In 2018 he bought his first canvas and has never stopped since. His first exhibition is planned for this year in Paris.
Jean-Robert tells us a little bit about himself:
I live in Le Bouscat (near Bordeaux) in France.
I'm a psychoanalyst during the day, a compulsive painter in the evening. My father was a Sunday painter, consequently, I think that was my first contact with art.
For as long as I can remember I've always drawn, all the time, anywhere I could.
I wanted to be a cartoonist. My artistic references at that time were a bit heterogeneous, from Tex Avery (not Disney, Tex Avery!) to Gaugin or Modigliani.
My first visit to a gallery was Le Centre Pompidou in Paris. I remember that I wanted to live in the gallery forever!
All that artistic effervescence marked a point of nonreturn, I definitely wanted to be an artist.
When I was 11 years old my parents gave me...a guitar. Ok. I didn't want to play guitar but I gave it a chance.
I played in my first band when I was 18 and in fact, it was the beginning of a great adventure, gigs, tours, some contacts with some majors in the music industry...
Music took a large place in my life while the pencils were in a long standby.
At this moment I began a 5 years formation to work as a psychoanalyst.
At the end of the formation I had to write a thesis, the theme I chose was the cursed artists like Van Gogh, Niki de Saint Phalle, etc...
Like a boomerang, the desire to paint came back, clear and powerful.
In 2018 I bought my very first canvas. In the beginning, I wanted to explore abstract painting inspired by Richter.
My wife, who is always right, told me « why don't you do figurative paintings ? ». So, gradually my artworks became more and more figurative.
I'm a self-taught artist so my apprenticeship is made of mistakes, findings...
To be a self-taught artist, in my case, means studying great established artists by my own means, such as Francis Bacon, Nicole Eisenman, David Park, Katerine Bradford, Lucian Freud, Picasso of course, Georg Baselitz, to name a few and many more...
I created a profile on Instagram and I found a new world, full of talented artists. I know that Instagram doesn't necessarily reflect reality but sometimes you discover inspiring and encouraging people who help you stay in course.
It's a fact, Instagram for the artists remains an important media to make contacts and to show artworks to a large number of people, which would be more difficult without the internet.
So I use Instagram daily, also because I enjoy discovering new artists (If I could I would be a gallerist or an agent!).
Due to my busy weeks (the day I'm a psychoanalyst, I also work at night, helping disabled persons in their houses), I usually paint in the evening, in the kitchen.
I find inspiration in everything around me, the news, people in the streets, bizarre situations, funny facts. I love bringing to light ridiculous traits of life.
And of course, I find inspiration watching paintings, drawings. I digest and I transform.
Painting has become essential to my mental health because I can express feelings or thoughts I can't express classically.
And it's also very interesting to have someone else interpretation of your artwork.
I want to paint everyday things in order to involve everyone. I think that art should involve everybody because art is a public interest.
Due to the covid, we're living a transition. Maybe it's the opportunity to reconsider our vision of life.
Communication via the internet is more and more important and represents a new way to circulate art. Visibility has become easier nowadays.
Painting should be a way to educate, to increase public awareness.
My newest projects for the beginning of this year are an exhibition at the Yellow Cube Gallery in Paris (the date is to be confirmed), I will have some of my artworks for sale in a new virtual gallery called New Figurative (Lisbon), and probably another exhibition in Bordeaux (France).
Actually, I work a lot on paper, still trying to capture bizarre and/or funny facts.
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A very big thank you to Jean-Robert for sharing his story and his awesome artworks with us!