Jean-Maxime Robert was born in Macon, France in 1988. He studied at the Métiers d'Art in Paris in graphic design and décor where he learned and refined his technique, in particular that of trompe l'oeil. As a teenager, he mimicked the effects of weathered graffiti on the facades of buildings. Damaged walls and ruins fascinated him and became the source of his inspiration.
Inspired by the energy of the Pop Art and Street Art movements, JM has honed a distinctive style cherry picking the techniques of both.
Built up and sculpted with layers of paint, spray, gesso and gold leaf, JM’s vibrant abstracted backgrounds become a fantasised version of these weathered street walls. This organised chaos creates an exciting backdrop for his portraits. Superimposed using a combination of stencil and brush-work, the clean, graphic style of his evocative faces creates high impact and presence.
With solo shows in Paris, New York, Hong Kong and collectors worldwide, JM Robert’s paintings are in increasingly high demand.