KIKO

Kiko - Portrait © Marciano Contemporary

« My artistic quest is to create the sublime emotion that will awaken the child buried in each of us » KiKo

Manuel Fernandez, known as KiKo, is a French self-taught artist born in 1985 in Martigues. His native Provence is inseparable from his work, inspired by Mediterranean colors such as “burning orange”, he takes us to the heart of his childhood.

Childhood is a dominant subject in the production of ‘KiKo’, a symbolic nickname he kept from school. His portrayal of the early years translates innocence, melancholy, recklessness, the youthful memory of a past gone. This theme captivates and fascinates him. Awakening the child who is in each of us, such is the effect sought in each of his paintings.

For KiKo, art should remain a child’s drawing; in the realization until it is comprehension. The Comforting Bear is anchored in this spirit. Toys carry our imaginary escapes, our dreams, our doubts and our innermost secrets. The spontaneity of the gesture manifests the creative urgency, the expression of a mysterious world. The projected painting echoes Urban movement with Pop-Street Art roots. The use of stencils for Kiko is prohibited as each piece is unique and creates a unique emotion.

KiKo questions the childhood stolen by an increasingly invasive consumer society, which he, as an adult, regrets the melancholy of this lost youth. If the resin gives his canvases their characteristic ultra-shine, KiKo reminds us here that the essential is always found under the varnish of appearance: « The most important thing is the inner child, nothing else”.

In few years, the “Kids of KiKo” have become great travelers; from Shanghai to Miami, via Europe, they have conquered all hearts and are the subject of exhibitions in galleries and in Contemporary Art Fairs.

Find his work in our Marciano Contemporary Galleries.

PAINTINGS

Kiko Artiste<br />
Collection Ourson<br />
@ Marciano Contemporary

Collection La Lecon de Violon

2024, Chiness ink, charcoal, aerosol and resin on canvas
162 x 130 cm | 63 × 51 in
Unique

Kiko Artiste<br />
Collection Ourson<br />
@ Marciano Contemporary

Avec doudou

2024, Chiness ink, charcoal, aerosol and resin on canvas
162 x 130 cm | 63 × 51 in
Unique

Kiko Artiste<br />
Collection Ourson<br />
@ Marciano Contemporary

Le Jardin

2024, Chiness ink, charcoal, aerosol and resin on canvas
120 x 120 cm | 47 x 47 in
Unique

Kiko Artiste<br />
Collection Ourson<br />
@ Marciano Contemporary

Collection Cheval de bois

2024, Chiness ink, charcoal, aerosol and resin on canvas
120 x 120 cm | 47 x 47 in
Unique

Kiko Artiste<br />
Collection Ourson<br />
@ Marciano Contemporary

Collection Le Secret

2023, Chiness ink, charcoal, aerosol and resin on canvas
150 x 150 cm | 59 1/10 × 59 1/10 in
Unique

Kiko Artiste<br />
Collection Ourson<br />
@ Marciano Contemporary

Le Lacet

2023, Chiness ink, charcoal, aerosol and resin on canvas
150 x 150 cm | 59 1/10 × 59 1/10 in
Unique

Kiko Artiste<br />
Collection Ourson<br />
@ Marciano Contemporary

Collection Ourson

2024, Chiness ink, charcoal, aerosol and resin on canvas
150 x 150 cm | 59 1/10 × 59 1/10 in
Unique

SCULPTURES

Kiko Artiste Peinture Place des Vosges @ Marciano Contemporary

Collection Summer – Lilas

2023, Resin on canvas frame, Chinese ink and glossy varnish
60 x 50 x 59 cm | 23 3/5 × 19 7/10 × 23 1/5 in
Unique

Kiko Artiste  Peinture Place des Vosges @ Marciano Contemporary

Collection Winter – Frozen

2023, Resin on canvas frame, Chinese ink and glossy varnish
60 x 50 x 59 cm | 23 3/5 × 19 7/10 × 23 1/5 in
Unique

Kiko Artiste  Peinture Place des Vosges @ Marciano Contemporary

Collection Spring – Petales

2023, Resin on canvas frame, Chinese ink and glossy varnish
60 x 50 x 59 cm | 23 3/5 × 19 7/10 × 23 1/5 in
Unique

GALERIES