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A fourth-generation French artist, Christian Nepo has art in his blood. His great grandfather was Ivan Chichkine, a noted Russian painter whose works hangs in a Museum of St. Petersburg.
A student of Impressionism and an advocate of “en plein air” paintings, Nepo (as he signs his paintings) began painting seascapes and beach scenes during his frequent holidays on the coasts of Normandy and Brittany. Many of his paintings are reminiscent of pre-impressionist work: ominous skies, perfectly captured light, delicate brushwork and plenty of pure color, all inspired by plein air painting.
One of Nepo’s most admired qualities is his range of art. Shortly after nine paintings were lost in a shipment from Marseilles to Atlanta, the artist became demoralized and stopped painting for several months. We were delighted when Nepo bounced back with a new and joyous approach to his art, enjoying more freedom than ever before. The results were his light and airy oils, bursting with movement and color.
We feel that Nepo is an incomparable painter of light and sky, which explains the jewel-like quality of his masterpieces.
He lives with his wife Bernadette in a lovely town outside Aix-en-Provence and has been painting for more than 40 years. His most recent awards include a first prize Albert Camus award in Loumarin (Provence) as well as the Marcel Arnaud prize in Aix. In 1998, he received the Van Loo award which resulted in the acquisition of his painting by the Museum of Aix (Musee du Vieil Aix). He exhibits permanently in a gallery in St. Remy and his work has been featured in shows in Geneva, Marseilles, Nice, Paris, Nashville and New York.