Les Écrans by Jacques Ristorcelli
Les Écrans

Jacques Ristorcelli (also known as Risto) was born in Algeria. He studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Bourges, France, and lives and works in Aix-en-Provence. He was among the pioneers of video art in the early 1980s, and has remained involved in multimedia productions, while also pursuing a career in illustration. His references are the Pop Art movement, the French Bazooka art group and artists like Raymond Pettibon, Robert Longo and Richard Prince.

Ristorcelli draws mostly from existing images, extracted from comic books, pulp magazines, prints and personal photographs, that he reworks, cuts out, redraws, combines and reshapes into new works of art. With his strange and often stereotypical imagery, the artist has created his own refined, grotesque, violent and romantic oeuvre. He publishes his work on his blog, called 'Théâtre de papier électrique', in referrance to Japanese street artists. His art has been exhibited in Tokyo, Paris and Barcelona, and he released the comic book 'Les Écrans' with Éditions Matière in 2014. This comic was entirely composed of images from old war comics, as well as Japanese war posters, that form a new story that seeks to evoke the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan.

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