Cécile Granier de Cassagnac

French b. 1979


Paris-based artist Cécile Granier de Cassagnac creates paintings, hybrid sculptures, and collages with trophies, furs, and small found objects. However, the heart of her artistic practice lies in the personal creation of drawings and paintings in a brilliant color palette of ink, gouache, and watercolor. She depicts strange houses, landscapes, and beasts—particularly those that y or swim, bodies and body parts. Images and colors are created, transformed, and combined with the fluidity of a liquid material, both fleeing and filling a void.

In Le Chant des Grumes, Axelle Blanc states, “In true creative process, color dictates form, texture, and movement by chance. Images of doubt and of propogation become the central subject of her work—a fascination with the uncontrolable growth of living things.”

Born in Paris, Granier de Cassagnac was trained at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. There, she learned to work with different mediums. Her first solo exhibition took place in 2008. Two years later, she was nominated for the Sciences-Po Prize for contemporary art and was invited by Culture France to hold a workshop in Abu Dhabi.