"His characters try to show themselves off, to be as fabulous as possible. Their pose is a filter, a protection. They want to be loved as they are, in this moment of encounter, with or without what we imagine behind their facade. To reveal oneself or to keep the mystery is a choice that is determined by trust, modesty, decency, anxiety... time."
Daniel Derderian was born in 1962 in Marseille, of parents of Armenian origin. He is the third generation after the genocide. He began his work as a visual artist in 2008. His first works are collages based on X-rays - a clinical material that objectively shows the inside of a body - then a collection of objects-sculptures in lighter tones. He exhibited them in 2008 and 2009 at the VIP Gallery in Marseille.
In 2013 he moved on to paper and canvas. This work is mainly figurative, most often the subjects are lost on a white background. He fixes them in an intimate moment, sheltered from social pressure. He projects on them his solitude and his fantasies. His greatest creative engine is the lost innocence of his childhood. His creatures are melancholic, distant, cynical, entrenched behind a certain arrogance or provocation. They wear masks to protect themselves. They seem betrayed and disappointed. In a very formatted and overly hardened society, showing lost characters, with a sensitivity at the surface, reassures him.
To date, he has produced more than a thousand drawings and paintings.
A former dancer with the Ballet National de Marseille Roland Petit and the Het Nationale Ballet of Amsterdam, he now also teaches classical dance in the conservatories of Paris.
"Daniel works fast. Intuitively. The hand moves, the head is silent. He stops somewhere along the way, between what is on the support and what he leaves as gaps, in a moment of satisfaction. His characters try to show themselves off, to be as fabulous as possible. Their pose is a filter, a protection. They want to be loved as they are, in this moment of encounter, with or without what we imagine behind their facade. To reveal oneself or to keep the mystery is a choice that is determined by trust, modesty, decency, anxiety... time. There is no recipe. In the making of an image, the gaps, the imperfections, the deformations, the decorations can be suggestions of an experience. The characters do not know why. It is an instantaneous moment of survival, imperfect and fractured: "Here I am! Frozen in a moment of freedom!" They are proud of who they are and willing to recognize and appreciate the difference in the other. They are looking for a place in a more beautiful world, a little more respectful, a little less anxious? It is naive and clumsily aspires to love. It is naive to want to love and be loved. It is difficult to realize, to live fully. Daniel puts his others on supports. They are lost, in need of complicity. They hope that they will end up, with or without a frame, on a wall in the intimacy of someone who could love them. "
(Text by Philippe Merchier)