Pierre Célice

(born in 1932)

Pierre Célice begins to study law but he rapidly orients towards drawing and painting. Under the influence of Henri Hayden, as he describes him as his master, his work is primarily figurative.

Pierre Célice has initial success between 1950 and 1960 during the exhibitions held at Simon Badinier Gallery. His figuration becomes very quickly more and more synthetic, while the color issue takes gradually an essential place in his creation. The new paintings of Célice consist exclusively of lines and colors.

At the beginning of the 1970s, Pierre Célice works at Peter Bramsen’s lithography studio who brings together international Cobra artists. At that time, he becomes pay attention to the works of other artists such as Bram Van Velde, Pierre Alechinsky, Asger Jorn, Karel Appel… Frequent visits to this place lead him naturally to the end of figuration.

Between gesture and color, Pierre Célice expresses unique plastic vocabulary due to his lyrical composition with paint and collage of colored papers.

His paintings have been exhibitied across the world from Paris to Shanghai, from Copenhague to Milano. In 2010, Pierre Célice created a monumental installation for the museum of Evreux. His work is integrated into the museum’s collections like National Museum of Modern Art in Paris and Tate Modern in London.


Exhibitions selected

Solo Exhibitions

2015 – Pierre Célice… de Paris à Anvers, Maurice Verbaet Art Center, Anvers

2010 - Du sol au plafond – Carte blanche à Pierre Célice, Musée d’Évreux

2007 – Activités, Galerie Agnès b., Paris

2007 – Pierre Célice, Maison des Arts, Malakoff

2006 – Pierre Célice, La Réserve, Arcueil

2003 – Tapis, Mobilier national à la manufacture des Gobelins, Paris

2001 – Œuvres récentes, Atelier de la Manufacture des œillets, Paris

1998 – Pierre Célice, Associazione culturale Giacobbe Spazio, Milan

1997 – Rétrospective, Manufacture des œillets, Ivry-sur-Seine


Group Exhibitions 

2017 – La Marge au Centre, Ecole des filles, espace d’art, Huelgoat

2012 – Art contemporain, Espace Domfront,

2009 – 96 propositions spatiales, L’observatoire de l’espace, Paris

1992 – Tapis d’artistes avec Célice, Klasen, Lemaître, Rancillac, Sabatier, Venet, Galerie 1900 – 2000, Paris

1961-63 – Peintures récentes, Galerie Simone Badinier, Paris


Lauréat du prix Victor Choquet


Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Tate, Londres

Fond National d’Art Contemporain.

FRAC de Haute Normandie.

FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon