Jean Claude Farhi

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About the artist

Jean-Claude Farhi is a French sculptor born on February 11, 1940, and died on September 7, 2012 in Monaco. He grew up in Bogota, Colombia, then at the age of 17 began his art practice in Nice where he took drawing lessons at the School of Decorative Arts. He had to stop his apprenticeship for his military service in Algeria from 1960 to 1962.


Farhi returns to Nice at the end of these two years; and rubbed shoulders with artists from the School of Nice like Ben and Malaval. He also met artists from the New Realist movement such as Arman and Raysse after his first personal exhibition at the Café Le Relax. Farhi will also collaborate for a while with César in the years 1968.

From 1965 Farhi produced and developed works combining metal and coloured Plexiglas called Motorcolor. It is thanks to these creations that he is noticed by art critics like Pierre Restany. This will open many doors for him, and lead his art to a total and unique work with plexiglass.

Jean-Claude Farhi will also travel extensively across Europe, for sixteen years he will, among other things, work in Poland at the Polivar factory where he will implement his Columns in coloured Plexiglas. Based on these experiences, the artist’s works essentially use geometric structures, which are his favorite forms. Very refined in their contours, aiming to play with light through colours, his works are considered to stem from futurism or constructivism from the beginning of the century.

During this period (second half of the 20th century), the artist visited New York, paving the way for larger creations in the form of columns, stelae or monumental discs. These monumental works will experience many high points, notably in 1984 with his participation in the Colourful Island inauguration of the Palais des Congrès in Nice; or his Dissemination hanging on the facade of the Arena in Nice, which is the largest sculpture he has ever created.

From 1991 Jean-Claude Farhi believes he has explored all the possibilities of Plexiglas to focus exclusively on the work of raw steel in order to create monumental outdoor sculptures that he exhibits all over the world. and especially in the United States.

The last work he created Secret Point is installed in Saint-Paul-de-Vence.