Fabienne Verdier is an abstract painter who explores the dynamism of forces in nature, movement and immobility by drawing on her intimate knowledge of techniques and traditions of both Western and Eastern art.
As a young art school graduate, Verdier left France for China in 1985 to study the art of spontaneous painting and other Eastern traditions with some of the last great Chinese painters who survived the Cultural Revolution. Her adventure and immersion as an apprentice painter would last nearly ten years, recounted in her 2003 book, Passagère du Silence.
Verdier paints vertically in ink, standing directly on her stretchers, using giant brushes and tools of her own invention suspended from the studio ceiling. Her work combines Eastern aspects of unity, spontaneity and asceticism with the line, action and expression of Western painting.
Verdier’s work has been exhibited extensively in Beijing, Singapore, Taipei, Paris, Rome, Lausanne, Zurich and Brussels, among other cities.
In 2011, she was included in an important group exhibition “The Art of Deceleration, from Caspar David Friedrich to Ai Wei Wei” at the Kunstmuseum in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Born in Paris, France, 1962
In 2012, the Hubert Looser Foundation of Zurich, having previously commissioned several works, selected Verdier for a group exhibition with Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, Ellsworth Kelly and Cy Twombly in Vienna’s Kunstforum. In 2013 the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, Belgium, held an important solo exhibition of Verdier's work in conversation with Flemish Primitives such as Van Eyck and Memling.
In 2014, she was invited to create an installation of seven works for “Köningsklasse II”, organized by the Pinakotek der Moderne of Munich, and participated in “Formes Simples” at Centre Pompidou-Metz in France.
In addition to her current painterly research into possible links between music and painting, recent projects include Verdier’s conceptual collaboration with architect Jean Nouvel for the National Art Museum of China project in Beijing.
Verdier is represented in several private and public collections including the Centre Pompidou, Cernuschi Museum, Pinakotek der Moderne, Foundations Hubert Looser and François Pinault and Palazzo Torlonia.
Fabienne Verdier lives and works in France and Canada.