Zafi

Born in 1946 in Paris, Jean-Claude Fitoussi aka Zafi is a painter who lives and works in Cognac.

Coming from a family of 11 children, he spent part of his youth in recovery center in Bel-Ile-en-Mer. It was during this period that he found for the first time this desire to paint. probably a deep desire to express oneself, to exteriorize.Only, it will be oriented towards a whole path, that of the building. Only later, when he worked in the Parisian newspaper france soir, his artist side resurfaced. Jean-Claude Fitoussi then immerses himself in photography, he walks Paris with his camera on a style Cartier-Bresson Robert or Doisneau.

It was his first artistic activity, but the photo tired him quickly. It is from 1968 that jean-claude Fitoussi begins to frequent in the Parisian museums, he will go even to go to Auvers-sur-Oise on the tomb of Vincent Van Gogh, as well as the room where the painter lived .

Self-taught, Jean-Claude Fitoussi is like a sponge impregnated by the great masters, he needs to visualize in him what they did before revisiting, creating and transmitting his own universe.

It will be many years later, for the sleeping artist to resurface. It was not until the dawn of the 2000s that he took his first brush to make his first shots. His signature "Zafi", are the initials and a tribute to these parents.

Zafi now learns to use the brush, to master the colors, the forms, and it is only a few years later that his painting acquires a maturity, a readable composition that will continue to evolve.

Cubism will ultimately be for Zafi the universe in which he finds a great pleasure, a real satisfaction. In spite of having followed the least course of painter in his life, his formation will be done in a natural way, he will spend an infinite time discovering this universe through books and reports, more than a discovery he will study deeply the cubism to the point to experience great adoration for this artistic current, and the most famous painter cubism.

A nice destiny for the painter Zafi, when we know that Fernando Olivier, first wife of Pablo Picasso rests in Cognac.

It must be said that the palette of zafi is wide and sometimes likes to have fun painting other worlds, but it will come back more and more often to cubism. Cubism is for Zafi an endless creation, he says. "There is no limit of creation in cubism".

This is what pleases this painter, make and redo and break the lines, colors, shapes ...

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