Piero Lepretre

Paris

Piero Lepretre is a painter from Meaux, France, a city just outside of Paris. His first show opened in Meaux in September 2016.

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“I can’t forget art, even if I’m completely sick of it. It’s been this way with me since I was a child. When I was a child, drawing was primal – it was a necessity. Even if I knew how to talk, I had trouble explaining myself – I preferred to draw my ideas.”

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“I don’t believe in inspiration. I believe in work. I come to the workshop early in the morning and I just work.”

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“Painting, for me, isn’t about making a window to an image, it’s about the opposite – it’s about building something up from the ground. That’s why sometimes I paint on the floor.”

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“Since I was a child, I’ve been a boxer. Painting, boxing, whatever – it’s all a fight to me.”

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“Painting is something primal to me.”

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“When you see a child drawing, it’s just natural and primal. If you eradicate all the influences and just go to the most primal feelings, you can create what de Kooning, or Picasso, or Pollock did.”

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“I paint like a savage, like a caveman.”

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“It’s not just about a brush and a canvas. Sometimes it’s about the might, the anger.”

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“To know myself as an artist I needed to know myself as a person. I needed to confront myself. Your art is always related with what you’re doing in life. Your painting is your reality.”

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“I started my artist career very young, when I was 13-14. Now, I’m 21 and I feel like I’ve been painting for 30 years. I’m already exhibiting… it’s exciting but it can be a lot of pressure.”

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“Sometimes, people tell me that I’m a painter because I’m afraid of reality. Yes, maybe. But in painting, I make myself another reality. It’s still real.”

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“Sometimes in my biggest dreams, I don’t want people to know who I am.”

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