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Claude Charlier

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Lives in

Works in


Representing galleries
Markowicz Fine Art Gallery, Artcature Fine Art, 2CforART, Gallery Valentine, Jacques Dupres Collection, Kaigado Gallery

photography, pop, photo


As far as I can remember, art has always been part of my life. Around the age of 11, I was so fascinated by the magic of black & white photography that I spent most of my playtime in a darkroom or drawing and painting anything that attracted my wandering mind. I guess being born in the Northeast part of France, where the colors are rare, I was attracted by the subtle colors of Japanese art as well as, on the other hand, by the bright colors of the American Pop Art. So, when I moved to Tokyo, I started to mix the two the same way that the Japanese culture does and that’s how my Pop World Project started. For me Art has to make people happy.  I want my collectors to smile when they wake up in the morning and look at my paintings on their wall. 

My Pop World Project is also my way of recycling daily objects that people don’t really look at or appreciate.
When I was still living in Japan I became fascinated by the designs of the different soft drink cans there, especially after they were emptied and thrown away to be flattened out by cars and time . Their shape and design took on a new dimension - one that was unique to each can, and I found myself starting a collection of those that had the most interesting shapes and textures. As I travelled all around the world I kept on collecting discarded cans that had a special beauty for me. My assistants would always wind up laughing as I would often run out into the middle of the street just to pick up some lonely flat can that no one paid any attention to. At the time I had no idea what to do with my growing little hoard of beautiful rubbish ... but I found that I was not alone in my attraction to their uniqueness. Every time I returned home, which was by then in Malibu, my son was more captivated by my cans than by the presents I brought him.  Sometimes I would sit in my studio in the calm of the night, and put them on the floor of my studio and make different shapes and collages with the cans. Then I started taking some black and white photographs of them and did a couple of exhibitions. But I was not satisfied with the results. So I kept on collecting for a few more years...And one day,  I took out a canvas and started to paint the cans I loved best, creating a series of paintings.
One by one I deconstructed them totally in my mind and then tried to recreate the beauty I saw in each one, especially that of the light creating  amazing, rich metallic reflections. That is why each painting is infused with gold, silver and copper pigments which I mix to try and show the unique light and beauty each of the cans I chose for this series holds for me.

Claude Charlier is an artist born in Nancy, France. He knew at a very early age that photography and painting was going to be his life's passion, though his studies remained on the classical arts; music and fine art in particular. After the usual first jobs, including working as a photographer for the French Government, he was asked to come and work at Paris Match after doing a scoop of a jail revolution. At that time, he also started to collaborate with Shuji Terayama, writer and director of the Tenjo Sajiki and  Suzuki Tadashi director of the Waseda Shogekijo, then co-wrote and directed “Laurence de Paris”. But soon, he realized that the theater world was not the perfect fit for him and he left Paris and London for Tokyo, and began a life that took him all over the world.

Apart from photography and painting, he also worked as an art director for 4 years creating international campaigns for majors Japanese companies, did a couple of  morning shows for Japanese networks and helped in creating several magazines like Tokyo Journal, Vu and G magazine.

Claude has lived and worked in Japan, Europe, South East Asia and in the USA, where he currently resides. His work has appeared in of the world’s major publications, and his client list includes an impressive list of the world’s major corporations and publications. He has won back to back awards for best annual reports over a six year period, and  received the Mercury Award for his work for Ricoh Company, Best advertising campaign for NEC twice, Best magazine add for Nikon Camera campaign, etc....

Several of his shows have been sponsored by Nikon, Pentax, and Ilford & Kodak. Claude Charlier is listed in both the “Dictionnaire des Photographes” and in the “Encyclopedie de la Photographie”.His works has also been purchased by several galleries and private collectors.



Selected exhibitions and art fairs:

Pentax Gallery, Tokyo                       1981

Rockefeller Center, New York           1982

Nikon House, New York                     1982

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris     1983

Art Center, Tokyo                              1984

Imperial Hotel, Tokyo                         2006

Damien B. Art Center, Miami             2004-2005

Art Basel Miami                                 2005

Gallery EJFA, Miami                          2006

Yoshi´s Corner, Vienna                     2011

Kaigado Gallery, Tokyo                     2006-2007

Yoshi´s Corner, Vienna                     2011

Gallery Valentine, Hamptons             2011

Arcature Fine Art, Palm Beach          2011

Kunstmesse Düsseldorf                     2011

Art Miami                                            2010-2012

Palm Beach Art Fair                           2011-2012

Olyvia Fine Art                                    2011

IFAE,  Miami                                        2011

Art Karlsruhe                                       2012

Markowicz Fine Art, Miami                   2011-2012

2CforART, Salzburg                             2012-2013

2CforART, Frankfurt                            2012-2013

Gallerie Corbel, Paris                          2013

Markowicz Fine Art, Miami                   2013


 PUBLICATIONS (partial list)

Paris Match



Marie Claire

Elle Magazine


Life Magazine

National Geographic


Madame Figaro





Recent Exhibits

Claude Charlier participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2014 Pop World Project
Art Southampton
Oct, 2013 Claude Charlier's Pop World Project The Evolution
Markowicz Fine Art
Yoshi's Contemporary Art Gallery
Exhibited with these artists
Claude Charlier has Exhibited with these artists:

Lawrence Schiller Andy Warhol
Exhibited at these venues
Claude Charlier has Exhibited at these venues:

Art Southampton Markowicz Fine Art
Yoshi's Contemporary Art Gallery

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