| OUMAŸMA |
OUMAŸMA was born in Belfort in 1969 and then moved to Montpellier when very young. Captivated by art at a very early age, at 8, he went on to paint his first muses. They were fashion magazine models at the time and he used his mother’s makeup that he applied to the back of old rolls of wallpaper, abandoned in the attic.
Inspired by the romantic nudes of photographer, David Hamilton, he constantly painted these misty nudes until he embarked on photography himself. When he was eighteen, he took part in a group exhibition organised by “Arts et Lettres de France”. He received the young hopeful’s medal at this occasion. For a few years, he left painting aside and devoted himself solely to photography – portraits, nudes and fashion. OUMAŸMA was only interested in women. He represented in paintings in 1996 with a style that he termed “Courbisme” (curvism) in homage to women’s curves. Highly colourful women, he exaggerates the elements that he liked the most like plumped mouths and expression, curves…
He exhibited his new style for the first time in New York in 1998 at the Soho “Rez Namasi” gallery. Ten years later, he fell in love again with the artistic style of American painter, Jackson Pollock, and his “dripping” technique. He found it highly erotic and it enabled him to apply a different approach to his permanent quest for feminine beauty. He then called his new style “POP GRUNGE”.
(Main exhibitions: Montpellier, Pont-Aven, New York, Los Angeles, Osaka, Paris,).