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Ladislas Kijno

"If to create was to never become an adult, remain desperately a child."


Notes of biography

Ladislas Kijno was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1921. He arrived in France in 1925. He created his first artistic works in the beginning of the 40’s, while also studying Philosophy at the University of Lille. He founded the Cadran group in 1950, with Paul Gay. From 1954 he will devote himself exclusively to painting. He moves to Paris in 1958. Kijno becomes a member of the committee of the Salon de Mai in Paris and thus regularly participates in this manifestation.
After his first works, personage and violins, he starts again tirelessly with gouache or with pencil, Kijno evolves towards abstraction. Without stopping to explore new methods of expression, he experiments. At the end of the 40’s, he develops the “froissage” method of creasing paper, then later, crumpling canvases, thus giving relief to his surfaces; this will be nevertheless be one of his caracteristics, his signature. Through his research will also achieve a synthesis between traditional technique of painting and industrial discoveries, notably in the domaine of vaoprisaion and coloring.
Kijno is also interested in the integration of art in the environment and consecrated mural art and realized the importance of mosaics. He collaborated with numerous poets after meeting Aragon and Ponge in 1943, and illustrated numerous works.
Ladislas Kinjo often worked in series. He ceaselessly wanted to thrown back the crumpled hollow between abstraction and figuration, creating a personal world, utilizing signs and curves that seemed to create a modern mythology. Since his first big solo exhibition at the Musee d’Antibes in 1957, more that a hundred exhibitions have shown his work. The art of Kijno is today present in numerous international museums.
Ladislas Kijno died in 2012.

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Some were created in lithographic technic, most are simple offset reproductions. They are many those who like collecting these rectangles of paper, monochrome or in games of colours, in matt paper or brilliant, with many words or almost dumb.

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Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Les dessins de Kijno », J. Damase, Tisné, Paris, 1961
  • « Introduction à la méthode de Kijno », H. Kréa, 1965
  • « Kijno », R. de Sorlier, Musée de Poche, Paris, 1972
  • « Kijno » in l’Art du XXème siècle, Larousse, Paris, 1991
  • « Kijno » Raoul-Jean Moulin, Ed. Cercle d'Art, Paris, 1994
  • « L. Kijno : les grandes oeuvres », F. Ballester, Ed. Images En Manœuvres, 2012
  • « Combas & Kijno, une donation », M. Onfray, cat. d'expo., Ed. Lienart, 2013
  • « K., une donation », L. Wasselin, coll. La Biblio. d'Alexandrie, Ed. du Littéraire, 2013
  • « Dans l'intimité de Kijno », R. Faroux, photo. A. Volliotis, Ed. Mélis, 2015
  • « La grande utopie de L. Kijno », collectif, Somogy Ed. d'art, 2017
To read from the artist :
  • « Kijno », Encyclop. audiovisuelle de l’art contemporain, Imago Prod.
  • « Les îles de Grenier et Kijno », R. Faroux, Somogy Ed. d'art, 2018
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+ SCHOOL OF PARIS / 1945-1960 / Jean Degottex, Georges Mathieu, Nicolas de Staël, etc.
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