France (1949 -)

Gérard Simoën is a visual artist trained in the Parisian studio of Claude Pantzer – Menik Coucoulas around 1963. He then collaborates with interior designers and architects for murals, decorative panels in ceramic. He is introduced to the greatest avant-garde figures of his time such as Charlotte Perriand, Max Ernst and also Roberto Matta. His first exhibition is presented in the Iris Clert’s gallery in Paris. In 1975, he settles his studio in the Yonne region where he met other artists such as Christian Bonnefoi, Vincent Barré, Jan Voss and Jean-Pierre Pincemin who he assists with the realization of ceramics. Gérard Simoën is the initiator of numerous collective exhibitions of ceramic artists at the Saver gallery in Paris, in Nîmes, in Beaucaire and in Arles. Those meetings are the base for a book publication “Le Nu foudroyé” which collect Lucien Clergue’s photographs, Patrick Grainville’s texts and Gérard Simoën’s creations. Nowadays, Gérard Simoën settles his studio in the Landes. In particular, he experiments ceramic, focusing on materials, the work of enamels and painting.