Zoer (1985, FR).
The use of a pseudonym comes from the desire to privilege the creation rather than the identity. As a Figurative painter, the acrylic and the oil are his favorite mediums; he uses them on canvas or on site-specific painting to question the future of industrial substances. Trained as a product designer, the study of the object has determined his plastic research: understanding their philosophy, their function, and their determination leads him to capture in painting their life and after-life. At the time of the materials used in the industry are thought to be recycled; at the time of accelerated consumption and when the obsolescence is programmed, he paints the decline of shapes and materials made by man. In a society defined by material possessions, what place and which future do we give to physical objects? From the portrait of objects to the trace question, his work tries to explore the inevitable resurgence of forms and matters.
Zoer (Fréderic Battle) graduated from Strate School of Design (Paris) in 2008. Since then he has been invited to create murals in several cities around the world, including Bilbao, Seattle, Mexico City, Hong Kong and Moscow, to name a few. Among other places, his artwork has been exhibited at Kaikai Kiki Gallery (Tokyo), Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon. His painting is collected by renowned contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.
Passionate about comics and the car industry, Zoer started drawing manufactured objects since he was very young. He discovered graffiti in 2002 and quickly stood out due to his unique approach combining deconstructed typographies and mechanical elements taken from the iconography of architecture and the car world. This practice made him gradually become one the most prominent emerging muralists in Europe.
Invited to paint breathtaking murals all other the world, Zoer finds inspiration in the local elements. At the genesis of his murals there are objects found at the scene, like metaphors of a reality in which we identify ourselves questioning the disorder of the everyday contemporary world.
Zoer / Zoerism