FLEUR SPOLIDOR

 

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Biography

 

 

In this new body of work called “Alice", I overlap the story of Alice with the History of San Francisco and Paris to represent the schizophrenic state of these ever changing cities. In a sense Alice is you, me, anyone who lives or work in the Bay Area, Paris or any large metropolis and has to adapt or face its challenges. 
I work in layers and use recycled and found materials. The technical process applied to this series is dictated by the presence of the water surrounding the peninsula and the issues raised by the pollution produced by the city and the Port of San Francisco. 
Painting the History of San Francisco is part of my integration. As a new immigrant I want to understand and grasp the culture and tradition of my surrounding. 
Since I moved from France to the United States, 12 years ago, I have been researching and painting the history of San Francisco and the Bay Area. I find fascinating to observe how it can go from one extreme to the other in less than 250 years. Starting with a small spanish settlement to the gold rush, from the 1906 earthquake, to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 or even from the “Summer of Love" to the High tech of the growing Silicon valley. 

I was born in 1974 and raised in Paris, France, I studied Art History at the University of Paris X Nanterre and Fine Art in different Art studios. I received a M.F.A from The University of Paris in 2000 and started a PhD about "Figurative Print in the Bay Area". In the first years of my PhD 
I taught Art History and Fine Art at the University and in private Schools of Design. My work is inspired by the work of Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt and Frida Kahlo. I works mostly in figurative painting but also love to develop my subjects matter through many techniques like printmaking, encaustic, stained Glass and mural. I have traveled and exhibited nationally and internationally: France, Switzerland, San Francisco and The Bay Area. 

My work is on display at The San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City, CA, and at the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce, San Carlos, CA. 
I am also a member of the Pacific Art league in Palo Alto and the Berkeley Art Center. 
I participate in group exhibition at this two locations. 
I teach art classes in French at Artefleur's Studio in San Carlos, CA, year around.