Louis Barthélemy – art

Louis is a multidisciplinary artist dialoguing with traditional crafts to create visual frescoes steeped in sacredness, sublimation, sensuality and fantasy, questioning identity, gender and religious affiliation.

year of birth: 1988

birthplace: Lyon, France

current residence: Paris – Marrakech 

started as a child, drawing and telling stories through illustrations. Later on he enrolled at Central Saint Martins, college of art and design in London, studying Fashion design which led him to join Christian Dior right after graduation as a print and scarves designer.

Where did it all begin?

When I left the industrial corporate world of fashion in Paris to engage myself on a personal journey moving to Morocco and trusting my destiny.

What is the worst advice you’ve heard?

Do like the others.

Most beautiful moment during the creative process?

The encounter with the other. Whether it is the craftsman with whom I produce the work, the curator or the spectator challenged by the artwork being viewed.

What doesn’t inspire you?

Money snobbery.

What are you proud of?

That I remain faithful to my convictions whatever the weight of the social gaze.

Who would you like to meet or who would you like to work with?

The Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté.

Favorite material?


What would you have done, if not this?

There’s nothing else I would have done. 

When was your biggest moment of doubt?

The greatest moments of questioning have come during episodes of serious illness.

Who is your biggest supporter?

My intuition, this guiding voice within me.

Favorite image?

The representation of two men, Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep from a 5th Dynasty tomb in Saqqara, Greater Cairo, Egypt.

What is to you, the most beautiful sentence?

“Ne haïr que la haine” by Jean Cocteau

(“Only hate hate”)

What do you still want to do?

To fall in love.

Where do you work?

Wherever I find myself. At home or while travelling. It’s not a static place.

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