Françoise Pétrovitch - color me, 2016
When she was six, Françoise Pétrovitch loved to draw and since then drawing has always been part of her life. The world she creates with her brush is full of teenagers, animals, dolls and snowmen. But these characters often change into something else, hidden behind masks and disguises or simply transformed by the magic of imagination. Is this a rabbit? Or is it a bird? And that hair? It almost looks like a river.
Françoise loves observing the life that surrounds her and especially children and birds. One thing's for sure: she'd certainly love to watch you coloring.
Born in Chambéry in 1964, Françoise Pétrovitch lives in Cachan and teaches at the École Estienne in Paris. Very much attached to the book format and the immediacy of drawing, she also works in ceramics and more recently in painting and video. On paper or in the form of murals: kids, dolls and animals of uncertain identity merge by capillary action. Their secrets and concerns germinate through the use of colour and their melancholy is tenderly diluted in watercolour and ink. Femininity takes on a mythic aspect and the intimate is opened up to the world. With her publication Radio Pétrovitch, the artist responds through the medium of drawing to daily news flashes. In 2014, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Chambéry exhibited forty of her works in an important solo show.
Her work features in the collections of the MNAM - Centre Georges Pompidou, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris, the MAC/VAL in Vitry-sur-Seine, the Leepa-Rattner Museum in Tarpon Springs (USA) and various FRACs. In 2015, the LAAC of Dunkerque curated a solo show of her works within the collection of the museum and the one of the FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais. She represents France in the Organic Matter - Women to watch 2015 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts de Washington D.C. (USA).
In 2016, Françoise Pétrovitch's solo show was held at the Frac PACA, the Tarascon Castle and in Arles. In 2018, two solo shows will be dedicated to her work at Keramis and at the Centre de la gravure in La Louvière (BE).