Ben Arpéa
B. 1989, Paris, France

Lives and Works in Paris, France

Ben Arpéa is a French-Italian artist who lives and works in Paris. Born into a family of art lovers and collectors, Ben Arpéa has been immersed in a rich artistic universe since childhood, where he began to create, draw and paint.

Ben Arpéa gained recognition in 2020 with a series of paintings in which he developed a singular artistic language made of geometric abstraction evolving towards the semi-figurative, using flat areas of color and texture. He pays homage to the figures of modern and contemporary art that he admires – Tom Wesselmann, David Hockney, Jonas Wood, André Breton – and is fully part of a new generation of creators from art, design and fashion, celebrating color and material in a simple and immediate relationship to the air of time.

In a play on materials emblematic of his work, Ben Arpéa develops his creative process on jute or linen canvas, which he treats and stretches himself, before deploying his pictorial language on a large scale, the minimalism of the motifs confronting the large format of the canvas. Beyond their pictorial immediacy, Ben Arpéa’s works are imbued with mystery: from minimal geometric forms, the artist lets us glimpse the trace of a human passage, and shows moments inhabited by the man who has now disappeared, suggested but never present.

His work questions the century-old motifs and canons of classical landscape and still life in an apparent dimensional simplicity, made of graphic forms, everyday objects and architectural elements. Ben Arpéa represents vivid, finely textured flat surfaces, offering a dream-like vision that invites reflection on our relationship to our environment, particularly through the prism of social networks.

Omnipresent in his creations, the dream becomes a poetic experience that translates on the canvas by singular forms and a meticulous work on colors and textures, infusing his work with a melancholic and unreal sweetness.