Alexis Ralaivao

Overview

As the son of a Madagascan father and a French mother, Ralaivao makes his mixed ethnicity central to his practice as a painter: he focuses exclusively on representations of African, mixed-race, and other nonwhite residents of France.

Ralaivao was born in Rennes, France, in 1991, where he still lives and works. 

As the son of a Madagascan father and a French mother, Ralaivao makes his mixed ethnicity central to his practice as a painter: he focuses exclusively on representations of African, mixed-race, and other nonwhite residents of France. Unlike in the United States, where African American artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Kehinde Wiley, or Kara Walker are represented by established galleries and have works in prestigious museum collections, Black painters are mostly absent in the French art world. Ralaivao’s explicit objective is to break this barrier and establish himself as one of the first Afro-French painters to be included in leading art museum collections in his home country.

 

While African American and Afro British artists have thus far dominated the discourse around the representation of Black people by Black people, Ralaivao adds a distinctly French perspective that is refined, sensual, and understated.

 

Courtesy of ATM Gallery 

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B. Rennes, France, 1991

 

Solo Shows

2020  There's never any excuses not to do anything, ATM Gallery, New York 

2020 Mino présente : Alexis Ralaivao, Galerie L'Aléatoire, France

2018 `«Basanés», portraits de français, Opéra de Rennes , France

2017  «Basanés», portraits de français, CRIJ de Bretagne, Rennes, France

 

Group Shows

2022  'and this skin of mine, to live again a second time', Guts Gallery, London

2020  Life Still

2018  Les jeunes ont les Rennes, Hotel de Ville de Rennes, France

2018  Urbaines , Antipode, Rennes , France

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