Candida Romero, an artist captivated by old supports that she recovers, created
her “Little Girls” as hybrid works, made of old pictures, collages, paintings and
texts, a set which will be presented at the Galerie Agnès Monplaisir for the
upcoming artistic season next September.
These “Little Girls” is a project started by the visual artist in complicity with
the writer Pierre-Jean Rémy, member of the French Academy, who for quite
some time was collecting old photographs, especially those of young women
and children. Together, they selected around a hundred images. Then, for each
of these photographs, Pierre-Jean Rémy wrote some texts in the form of open
love letters or affectionate notes to each of these girls.
In turn, Candida Romero enlarged these photographs, applied them to
canvas and then she stroked these reinvented images of her own with the
story imagined by her accomplice, using enigmatic phrases or loving texts
calligraphed, fragments of nothing and everything, always accompanied by
some substance: bits of lace or silk, paper, dried flowers and leaves, insects,
In between fetishism and poetry, the result is a collection of contemporary
poetic and romantic ex-voto inside glass boxes. Sumptuous and sometimes
troubling images responding to the texts of Pierre-Jean Rémy, these «Little
Girls» is therefore a true book of memories where each of these young girl and
women as reinvented by Candida Romero are reunited, teeming with fragments
of dead life.
Candida Romero is a Franco-American artist living in Paris. Autodidact, she spent her
childhood in la Ruche (an art community famous for its well-known artists such as
Brancusi, Chagall, Léger). Her parents are Simone Dat (a painter, and the person who
saved la Ruche from the wrecking ball and overseeing its historic preservation) and Johnny
Romero (a multi-faceted Puerto Rican artist and emblematic leader of the resistance to
racism in NY).
She turned to art early, studying at Enfants du Spectacle in Paris (Children of the Stage),
and travelled extensively while young in Europe, and to Japan and the United States.
Later, she spent two years in Munich to study opera, then in Salzburg, and finally in Berlin
in 1992. In 1993, she returned to her studio in la Ruche, the one occupied once by Chagall,
and dedicated herself entirely to painting.
The latest works of Candida are very much rooted in wtitten work, either found old papers
or literature. In this way, the series before “Little Girls”, was inspired by Proust and his most
emblematic work “In Search of Lost Time”.