Idir Davaine draws inspiration from the environments we inhabit. Davine wanders around with a camera in hand, spontaneously taking snapshots of everyday life. The artist has amassed a collection of visuals, of what could be said to be a constellation of different time and space continuums. As certain silhouettes start to emerge from this imagery, Davaine isolates and extracts various shapes and forms belonging to familiar elements, such as plants and trees, incorporating them into his paintings.


This fragmented imagery goes through a process of manipulation, leading to the emergence of distorted forms taking on open and fluid qualities that play on a sense of unusual familiarity. Davaine’s painterly gestures of freeing such forms from their materialities, straddles between the real and the illusory, playing with our perceptions.


Each canvas then bears an assemblage of shapes and forms, decisively manipulated and dispersed to produce a visual composition that hints at storytelling and narrative. Such process sees Davaine’s conscious reiteration of manipulation in his approach that not only challenges, but also plays with our perceptible realities


Davaine’s paintings point to an illusory of the real. He invites viewers to locate and identify various elements from his paintings, towards unravelling and constructing the narratives behind them on their own terms.



Solo Exhibition  

2020     Sneaky Treasures, Cuturi Gallery, Singapore

2016     Cavale, Galerie Le Huit, Paris


Group Exhibitions  

2020     Out of the Blue, Galerie Slika, Lyon, France

              In Full Bloom, Cuturi Gallery, Singapore

2019     Paris Peinture Plus #2, Galerie Slika, programme Résonnance, Lyon, France

              Paris Peinture Plus, Galerie MR14, Paris, France

              Morceaux Choisis, Galerie Bubenberg, Paris, France

2018     Félicità, Beaux Arts de Paris, France

2017     We are the ones painters, Carlsberg Byen Gallerie, Copenhagen, Denmark

              Chaideny, a great opening, Chaideny, Paris, France

              3FPJ-2, au Lieu Unique, Nantes, France

              3FPJ, Galerie Arts Factory, Paris, France

              Pink Flamingo, Galerie Agent Moderne, Paris, France

              Printers Matters, our Mad à la Maison Rouge, Paris, France

              Casse et vol!, Galerie MR14, Paris, France

              Gouffre, Galerie Agnès B, Paris, France

2016     Studio Fotokino, Marseille, France

              Main dans la main, Galerie de la Rotonde, Paris, France

              Parages, Double-séjour, Paris, France