FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, OLIVIER DE SAGAZAN HAS DEVELOPED A HYBRID PRACTICE THAT INTEGRATES PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, SCULPTURE AND PERFORMANCE.
In his existential performative series Transfiguration, which he began in 1999, de Sagazan builds layers of clay and paint onto his own face and body to transform, disfigure and take apart his own figure, revealing an animalistic human who is seeking to understand his real nature. At once disquieting and deeply moving, this new body of work collapses the boundaries between the physical, animalistic and spiritual senses. The artist states: « I am flabbergasted in seeing to what degree people think its normal, or even trite, to be alive. » Olivier de Sagazan has exhibited widely in Europe, Canada, Bresilia, Corea, China, Quebec, India …in art galleries, museums, and film festivals. With an almost cult following online, and rave reviews about his expressive and inimitable style, it is no wonder de Sagazan’s remarkable « body art » work is featured in the non-verbal film Samsara, the Sequel to Baraka, directed by Ron Fricke and in the futur movie « Discarnate » director Mario Sorrenti and produced by Harald Kloser.