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As part of the third season of artists’ residencies offered by the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès, André Ramirez will be the guest of the Ateliers AS at Pierre-Bénite, creating a three-dimension graphic work exploring the fine art of silk printing.
Mentored by Emmanuel Saulnier, Andrés Ramirez is the latest artist-in-residence at the Hermès silk and textile pole in the Greater Lyon area – a noted centre of excellence in silk screen printing. Founded in 1937, in the town of Bourgoin-Jallieu, the workshops have been associated with the house of Hermès since 1948.
A trained dancer and graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Ramirez (aged 31) is a Colombian artist who has exhibited widely outside France (Chile, Serbia, the United States, Italy). His highly sophisticated sculptures and installations enact, in his own words, ‘a move away from tensile minimalism, in favour of a more romantic negativism – the poetics of devastation and saturation.’ Ramirez’s mentor Saulnier (his teacher at the Beaux-Arts), describes how his works can be ‘assembled together and combined with sound-based interventions.’
Launched by the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès in 2010, the annual programme of artists’ residencies enables four young visual artists, mentored by four established names in their field, to create new work at the heart of the workshops of the house of Hermès, working with expert artisans and drawing on their outstanding skills.