The works of artist Damien Cadio emerge from an archive of photographs staged by the artist himself or images collected from cinema or the internet. By exalting these existing images into the realm of painting, he rips them out of their original context, and restores their aura within an age of mechanical and digital reproduction. At the same time, this mechanism disorients and suspends the gaze of the spectator, and questions the value and meaning of images within our visual culture. He says: ‘To create figurative paintings in a world already dominated by images is an act of reconsideration.’
Damien Cadio (1975, Mont Saint-Aigan, FR) lives and works in Berlin and Nantes.