Romain Froquet, is an artist born in 1982 in Villeurbanne, now lives and works in Paris. Romain began his professional art career with “9ème concept” art collective in 2009. Themes and strategies in Romain’s work are influenced by African and South American tribal art, extending the tradition established by Picasso and Basquiat.
In 2009, his first exhibition titled “Filigrane” presents compositions that tend more towards abstraction where rare figurative elements are appearing such as the eyes, « mirror of the soul », or the door which represents his collaborations with other artists over time .Travel has facilitated artistic encounters which have allowed him to rise and feed his inspiration.
Romain’s work is all about the exuberance of color, complemented by his flawless execution with natural slickness and immediacy thereby capturing the movement of color in intricate asymmetrical structural compositions that parallels complex natural phenomena that we take for granted. The spontaneity of Romain’s work generates a sense of graceful urgency.
Since the beginning of 2012, he started to work with the symbol of the tree, which he broke down into its basic form, down to an arabesque and abstracted it and reimagined it sprouting volutes at the heart of the city or in some distant wasteland. This work called « Urban Tree » is the natural evolution of his romance with the line, form and color that is ever present in nature which has strong and deep roots in nature.
He has been erecting Urban Trees with simplicity of the line rushing in dizzying curves with a variety of colors and sizes, using simple materials - paper, Chinese ink and acrylic paint but making each tree unique. The Urban Tree has become an obsession for Romain and is now a recurring motif in his compositions. Until a year ago Romain worked with the trees on canvas or a platform. Now, the Urban Tree has taken a life of its own, growing, evolving, and spreading its branches and roots beyond the canvas and on to open urban spaces.
The tree is a symbol of humanity and vitality. It is a powerful symbol due to its rooting, proliferation and longevity abilities.
In 2013 he exhibit “Racines ». This is the result of years of work and reflection, nourished by his travels and encounters. His line has matured. It is thinner, more rounded and detailed. The colors are bright and airy. New symbols are incorporated to the composition and form a new language to decipher. The tree symbolism takes on a meaning. The tree is a symbol of life. Each line can be seen as a root that binds and interlocks with other lines.
The notion of temporality is deeply entrenched in his creation; Reference is made to the passing of time sometimes forgotten. It seems to be seeking a buried identity. Our origins and history make us unique individuals. The bonds that unite us form our belonging to the community and humanity. He illustrates our condition through his tracks that are intertwined.
With “Racines”, Romain Froquet is offering us a return to origins to reactivate our memory and thus return to the very essence of his work.