DATE & TIME
Thursday 8th November 2018
From 10:00 am to 11:30 : breakfast with the artist
HdMGallery , 42 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2YH
Born in 1979 in Paris, Romain Bernini graduated with a Master’s degree from the Sorbonne in 2004 where he now teaches. He currently lives and works in Paris.
Dedicating himself mostly to oil paintings, Romain Bernini has developed for years a pictorial work questioning society, space, figuration, mythology and popular culture. In his recent paintings, he has been apt to create a lush and enigmatic life-size forest on a canvas with plain and saturated colors. These forests are a starting-point for further depictions of exotic animals and vibrant aborigine people.
Romain Bernini’s work was exhibited extensively including at the Museum of Chambery, the Abbaye St André – contemporary center of art, the Wooyang Museum of Contemporary Art Korea and West Bund Art and Design Shanghai.
The works presented in ‘Expended Minds’ portray ethereal reflections on a dream-like and colourful world. Canvases burst with fantastical colours and looming figures that float against vivid marbled backgrounds. There is a note of suspension as these figures appear frozen in a moment of time, contextualised only by the shadows that anchor them to their uncanny environment. Bernini’s surreal works act almost as portals into alternate universes invoking a sense of excitement, mystery and inspiring the most basic instinct of discovery. Through the exploration of these strange utopias we see an eerie beauty in the work of Romain Bernini as he presents an indeterminate world, suspended like a dream in silent ecstasy.