Artist's Statement :
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 works in the Bay Area, Paris or any large metropolis and has to adapt or face its challenges.
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 MFA 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 work mostly in figurative painting but also love to develop my subject 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, and at the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce in San Carlos. I teach art classes in French at Artefleur's Studio located at the Art Center of Redwood City and San Carlos, year-round.
I will be opening my studio to the public for the Silicon Valley Open Studios the weekend of May 14-15, from 11:00am to 5:00pm along with 11 other artists of the Art Center of Redwood City and San Carlos.
Learn more about Fleur Spolidor and her work at artefleur.com.