Jean-Jacques Ceccarelli

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About the artist

Jean-Jacques Ceccarelli, born September 20, 1948 in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) and died April 27, 2017 in the same city, is a French artist who worked in the fields of drawing, collage, objects, ceramics, the creation of artists’ books and mail art, from the 1970s until his death as a result of cancer.

All of these works are made of cut-outs, montages and collages. Most often done in watercolour, his works on paper convey an almost poetic lyricism.

Born into a working-class family from Tuscany, Ceccarelli grew up in the center of Marseille and completed an apprenticeship as a boilermaker before working in a factory and then as a docker.

Drawing and painting since childhood, decisive encounters will occur in the mid-sixties with the painters Jacques Rouchenian and Yvan Daumas. Very quickly, he received encouragement from artists like Louis Pons and Mario Prassinos. At the age of 24, he decided to devote himself to his art thanks to the support of the Noella Gest gallery in Saint-Rémy de Provence.