Poet of "Steel Drawings" in Shadow
• Charles Serruya, the poet of the Epure Photographer, specialist in light effects and Chinese shadows, director, sculptor, underground dandy of New York and Parisian nights, Charles Serruya had a thousand lives! His wire sculptures, all refined and light, reveal a delicate graphic art, nourished by dreams and escape.
• Worked on the play of light, and uses shapes like words, unrolling its steel wires like a spider its web, playing with capture, thus creating drawings in space. For Charles Serruya, the dream is a reality present in every human being.
• A line that Charles Serruya stretches until it becomes a thread. A rudimentary wire which becomes sophisticated and whose effects multiply according to the chosen subjects: portrait, nude or fresco. A thread of joy that we follow in its tracks in its controlled entanglement.
• Since the mid-1980s, Charles Serruya has been developing graphic work using Chinese shadow and cut-out silhouette. Photography, film, projection and lighting are available according to the achievements and collaborations ranging from fashion show to live performance. Charles Serruya asserts a certain idea of the baroque by avoiding overbidding. He has fun and does it with minimal means but without minimalism. A poetry devoid of sentimentality emerges from his works, as if a character escaped from a vase in ancient Greece would recite verses by Prévert.
• A journey that transcends references without restraint takes him on the path of nomadism. A portrait painter in his spare time, he improvises a traveling portrait cabinet. The subject is thus staged in situ surrounded by his real or imagined attributes. No official portrait or order here, the fantasy of the personalities is sketched in a light line.
• Portraits and sculptures can also be made in personalization and on demand. His studio is located in Saint Tropez, France. Charles Serruya can realize personalized portrait by twisting and shaping wire or steel giving a timeless , sketched tone to own expression on demand. He can also capture motion from wireframe portrait of a person by playing with his camera lens and capture the moment in what he calls "a light box".
• In the latest exhibition organized by Art Thema Gallery at Cabane Bambou, in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, Charles Serruya stages his aerial sculptures in a setting combining reverie and dolce vita. The curves of the beach interact with the curves of his suspended "steel drawings" and create a poetic and sensual alchemy.
Solo exhibition at Cabane Bamboo, Ramatuelle, France
Solo exhibition at Cabane Bamboo, Ramatuelle, France
Exhibition “Group show” at Galerie in Paris, France
Shooting of Selena’s Dream, a 26 minutes fiction movie, starring Olga Vee, at Farfadais studio, Aubervillier France.
Creation of a jewelry collection and accessories in collaboration with David Daim, for fashion designer Statkevicius Juozas. in Vilnius, Lithuania
June - July 2013
Personal exhibition in Paris France
Editing: Palace Coste N°49, L’Officiel N°979 Photography, conversation of Pierre Bergé with Jean Cocteau, série of photography for Prada.
Reflections in a Golden Eye. Group show at the Galerie Vezelay art, in collaboration with jeweler David Daim.
Heart to Heart. Photography exhibition and steel wire installations at Fifi Chachnil’s , London
Fifi Chachnil’s fashion show film with the participation of the Crazy Horse girls, Capri, Italy
Sculpture exhibition at Pavillon de Galon Gardens , Cucuron, Luberon, France
Short movie Alice Versus the Clock Cannes Festival independent cinema
Multimedia exhibition at Studio Caraco exhibition, directed by Claudine Lachaud. Paris
Rencontre Celeste, a 33 minutes documentary, covering la Kumba Mela, the greatest religious pilgrimage in Hallah- Habad, India.
Series of 20 short videos, Marlon & Marlene for the travelling festival organized by Diane Pernet, Austria, Canada, France, Los Angeles
Stage direction for the Paris Secret show, with singer Marie France. Choreography Philippe Découfflé. Printemps de Bourges, France
Stage design and lighting for Kentina, a burlesque travelling cabaret, Paris
Stage design and shadow work for designer Adeline Andre’s fashion show, New York
Solo exhibition of Women’s hats portraits, created by Marie Mercier, at Serge Aboukrat Gallery, Paris
The work was acquired by La Maison Européenne de la Photographie & Bank NSM, for their private collections.
Thirteen Musical clips for the launching of cable TV network, Série Club. Paris
Screenwriting & direction of Toc Toc, Le Vampire and Le Privé, 3 short films in 35 mm, (Shad’o production). Broadcasted by Canal + France, Poland and Sweden, by TV5 & TV Suisse Romande, nominated at the Poitiers Futuroscope, distributed by Gaumont
Part-time art director for City models Agency, Paris, France. 1989
Shooting of Breaker’s Insurance Company, Charles’ first short, presented at the Prisunic Gallery, New-York and Club 13 Paris
Collaborated to numerous art shows as A.D at the Prisunic Gallery, owned by Paul Steinitz New York
Illustration of Amour Décomposé, a poetry book by Déa Sturtevant and show creation drawn from the book at Barbara Brathen Gallery & Prisunic Gallery, New York
Windows dresser for Ylang Ylang Jewelry, New York City & Los Angeles
Monumental fresco (66 meters long) created for a performance launched at Gallery in Paris, France and Danceteria, New York
Watercolor portrait exhibition, New York
Sound design in collaboration with poet Déa Sturtevant, designer Éric Smith and film maker Luc Bouery,
Collaboration as interior decorator with Espace Pierre Cardin, Fondation Charles Jourdan, Centre George Pompidou, Bibliothèque Nationale and Deuxième Bureau, headed by Sylvie Grumbach, Paris
Illustration work for French and US magazines.
Lighting, laser beams, paintings, decors in trendy night clubs
1968 - 1970
Illustration at PINK Studio, Paris, directed by Jacques Massacrier
Billboards, book covers, illustrations for Art-Director Magazine, Playboy, Lui, Vogue, Marie-Claire, Elle, Dépêche Mode...
Angel (small), 2022
Apollon & Aphrodite, 2021
Fauteuil Iris, 2021
L'oiseau au delà & à l'infini, 2021
La Baigneuse, 2022
La Belle Endormie, 2021
La Chevauchée Fantastique, 2022
La fée Alice (small), 2022
La petite baigneuse (small), 2022
Le Géant et la Fée / The Giant and the Fairy, 2021
Le Sphinx de Marie-Antoinette , 2016
Ma Muse A., 2022
Milo (small), 2022
Poséidon (small), 2022
Sant Troupès, 2021
Your Portrait, 2021
Your Portrait sculpture + light box, 2021