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Richard Laillier Scenographer

A self-educated man of many talents, born in 1961, he met the musician Michel Sikiotakis in 1977 with whom he would play until 1982. He began painting and then moved on to photography holding his first exhibition in 1986 at the Paris theatre Le Ranelagh where his grandmother formerly worked as an usherette. In June 1990 a press-book was published in Photo Magazine. This consisted of a series of portraits of his actor and actress friends with their bodies and faces painted. These were then integrated into paintings on paper. Also in 1990, he met Jean-Paul Girard and discovered drawing. On the 15th of May 1991, having used an eraser to rub out an errant black pencil line, he created his first drawing using this medium, a medium he has continued to use ever since, searching in the darkness for the light reflected by the human body. After a long collaboration with the Koralewski galleries in Paris and Fred Lanzenberg in Brussels, his drawings are currently being shown in Paris by the Galérie Guigon, in Venice and Rome by the Galleria del Leone and in Beirut by Fadi Mogabgab; his drawings, which focus almost entirely on the human body – with the exception of one or two animalist excursions - have developed since 2003 into a collection of series and texts, Le Théorème de l’Assassinat, culminating in the Réliques exhibition in the Guigon gallery in November 2008.

Alongside his drawing, he also studied technical theatre and, after having worked in props and then as a stage hand in the Théâtre de La Ville and in the Théâtre du Châtelet among others, coordinated the stage technicians for the Opéra National de Paris in 1995. Following one of his first set designs in Nancy in 1993 at the Théâtre de Lillebonne, he was contacted by the director David Géry by whom he was contracted to create the design and install the set for Britannicus. In 1994, the éditions Jean-Pierre Faur published Noires, a collection of pornographic drawings without text. In 1997, he met Marti Hohman and throughout a series of meetings participated in his Doctoral Thesis at Harvard University: When she was bad: a study of Sex-Positive Pornographies. From 1993 to 2008 he worked on Sabine Larivière’s theatrical creations as a set designer. In 2005 and 2006 he was the visual artist and illustrator for the two last shows for the men’s collections for the ‘0044’ fashion label, then in 2007 alongside the stylist, S. Shimamura he created a collection of drawings for the Paradise Lost fashion show based on the John Milton poem. The same year, he created 17 drawings for the advance issue of Punir by Rodrigue Marques de Souza published by Fissiles and was invited to participate in a conference as part of the First Salon of Parisian Contemporary Drawing.

After a number of set designs for shows for young audiences, the Epinay sur Seine Maison du Théâtre et de la Danse commissioned 6 installations, a performance and an exhibition for the 2008-2009 season. They would later add the study for a set design for Tartuffe for the following season. In 2005, with Isabelle Horovitz and the cinematographer Pascal Aubier, he created two installations under the collective name Arthur Mille. In 2007 he continued working with Isabelle Horovitz and Pascal Fleury to put on Quelque Chose de L’Enfer, a piece for two dancers based on Dante’s the Commedia and the Vita Nuova. Continuing his research into performance, in April 2008 he presented Voix de Tète and Alice des Deux Côtés du Miroir at the Kennory-Kim gallery then in September he wrote Détracement with the writer and playwright Pierre-Antoine Villemaine which would later be presented at the Maison de l’Autre cultural centre in the former Anis Gras Factory in Arcueil.

Having never stopped drawing, he was notably invited to pay homage to Alfred Kubin at the Auberive Abbey and is currently preparing for his next personal exhibition at the Guigon Gallery. In 2010 he created a performance for 2 dancers entitled Autour de Narcisse and in October Philippe Decouflé invited him to work with him on the creation of the piece Octopus.