The Kid (artist)

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The Kid (1991) is a contemporary artist who questions social determinism and the frontier between innocence and corruption in modern societies. Half Dutch and half Brazilian, The Kid lives and works both in Paris and Amsterdam where he has, respectively, his painting and sculpture studios.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

His art works include wall-size blue Bic ballpoint pen or charcoal drawings,[10][11][12][13][14][15] and oil paintings,[1][16][17] as well as hand-made hyper-realistic lifesize silicon sculptures and installations.[5][6][8][10][11][18] In recent years, The Kid's works have been exhibited at the Louvre,[19][20] the Institute Of Contemporary Art [8] and Le Grand Palais[16][17][21][22][23][24] and during solo and group shows at ALB Anouk Le Bourdiec Gallery[1][25][26] in Paris, France.


When asked ″although your characters are caught in a very shady moment, there is something beautiful and poetic in the way they are represented, tell us more about this duality″, The Kid answered ″I’ve always been attracted by this line in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: ″behind every exquisite thing lies something tragic″, I think this is pretty much what all of my works have in common. Despite their youth and beauty, all of my subjects are doomed to fail, like a flower is destined to fade. And I try to capture them in their defining moment, forever caught between innocence and corruption." And he added ″I want to question the audience about social determinism, the thin frontier between innocence and corruption, the equality of chances, or the fading line between right and wrong in our modern societies.″[1]

Exhibitions (extracts)[edit]

  • The BIC Collection (April 14 – May 27, 2018, Le Cent Quatre, Paris, curated by Hervé Mikaeloff and Ingrid Pux).[27][28][29][30]
  • Back To School – A Portrait Of Youth In Revolt.[31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38] Solo Show. Art Paris 2017. March–April 2017. Paris. Le Grand Palais Museum.
  • Do You Believe In God ?[8][39][40][41][42] The Contemporary Art Institute's Triennal Exhibition Of Their Times # 5 (curator Nathalie Ergino) in association with The International Collectors' Association ADIAF (Marcel Duchamp Art Price). March–May 2016. Villeurbanne, Lyon. The Contemporary Art Institute – IAC.
  • I Go Alone – Portrait Of A New Lost Generation.[9][16][17][22][43][44][45] Solo Show. Art Paris 2016. March–April 2016. Paris. Le Grand Palais Museum.
  • God Is Dead # 2.[46][47] Drawing Now's 10th anniversary exhibition Our Time Is Now (Art Director Philippe Piguet, curators Drawing Now's current and past selection committee members). March–April 2016. Paris. Le Carreau Du Temple.
  • Until The Quiet Comes.[24][48][49][50][51][52][53][54][55][55] Solo Show. Art Paris 2015. March 2015. Paris. Le Grand Palais Museum.
  • The Morning I Was Born Again.[21][22][23][23] Art Paris 2014. March 2014. Paris. Le Grand Palais Museum.
  • Endgame.[1][9][26] Solo Show. March–May 2013. Paris. ALB AnoukLeBourdiec Gallery.
  • Drawing Now (April 2013, Louvre Museum, Paris)[19][20]
  • Humanity Is Overated.[56] Slick Art Fair. October 2012. Paris. Le Garage.
  • God Is Dead.[57] Roxy Rocky. Juin 2012. Paris. ALB AnoukLeBourdiec Gallery.


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  8. ^ a b c d Cimorelli, Dario (1 March 2016). Institute of Contemporary Art IAC & Association for the Development International of Art in France ADIAF, ed. Le Temps De L'Audace Et De L'Engagement - De Leur Temps (5) [Time For Daring And Commitment - Of Their Times (5)]. Silvana Editoriale S.p.A. p. 133. ISBN 978-8-836-63285-5.
  9. ^ a b c Tarnaud, Vanina (31 March 2016). "The Kid : La Voix D'Une Nouvelle Génération Perdue" [The Kid : The Voice Of A New Lost Generation]. Artravel Magazine (in French). No. 68. Paris, France: Novela York, Paris, France. pp. 198–201. ISSN 1769-0765.
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  13. ^ "La brutalidad de una juventud dibujada a golpe de palos". PlayGround Magazine.
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  15. ^ "the kid, la fragilidad en la violencia". lamonomagazine - art&urban culture magazine.
  16. ^ a b c "Art Paris Art Fair parviendra-t-elle à démocratiser l'art contemporain ?". 1 April 2016.
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  18. ^ "Picture Editor's Choice, March 28, 2014". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  19. ^ a b "Drawing Now, le rendez-vous du dessin contemporain". Connaissance des Arts.
  20. ^ a b "Un salon de dessin". Libé
  21. ^ a b Malvoisin, Armelle (22 March 2014). "Art Paris : L'Explorateur" [Art Paris : The Explorer]. Beaux Arts Magazine (in French). No. 358. Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France: TTM Editions, Paris, France. pp. 116–120. ISSN 0757-2271.
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  23. ^ a b c THE KID : The Morning I Was Born Again Solo Show at Art Paris Art Fair 2014 in Le Grand Palais Museum. 7 April 2014 – via YouTube.
  24. ^ a b "THE KID : Until The Quiet Comes at Art Paris Art Fair 2015 in Le Grand Palais Museum". 7 April 2015 – via YouTube.
  25. ^ "The Kid : Galerie ALB".
  26. ^ a b We Are Selecters. "We Are Selecters".
  27. ^ Duponchelle, Valerie (3 May 2018). "Des oeuvres à la pointe du bic" [Art works from the tip of the pen]. Le Figaro (in French). Paris, France: Le Figaro Groupe, Paris, France. p. 27. ISSN 0182-5852.
  28. ^ Delhaye, Eric (10 April 2018). "Collection Bic au Centquatre : quand le stylo à bille inspire les artistes" [Collection Bic at the Centquatre: when ballpoint pen inspires the artists]. Telerama.
  29. ^ Robert, Martine (May 2018). "Mecenat: Bic, une exposition populaire au 104" [Art sponsorship: Bic, a popular exhibition at the 104]. L'Oeil (in French). Paris, France: Artclair Editions, Paris, France. p. 113. ISSN 0029-862X.
  30. ^ Benaï, Yamina (May 2018). "La Collection BIC déployée au Cent Quatre Paris" [The BIC Collection takes over the Cent Quatre Paris]. L'Officiel Art (in French). Paris, France: Les Editions Jalou, Paris, France. p. 36. ISSN 2262-1415.
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  32. ^ Helbig, Zoltan (20 February 2017). "The Kid interviewed by Zoltan Helbig photographed by Jerome Lobato". Boycott Magazine (in English and French). No. 5. Paris, France: Vaadigm, Paris, France. pp. 206–213. ISSN 2274-2107.
  33. ^ "Portrait d'artiste : The Kid" [Portrait of an artist : The Kid]. Art Contemporain (in French). No. 4. Paris, France: Association Point Contemporain, Paris, France. 20 February 2017. pp. 14–15. ISSN 2552-531X.
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  36. ^ Yordane Weingarten. "Tattooed Babies And Tortured Teens: 'The Kid' Turns Youthful Angst Into Art". Konbini.
  37. ^ "Will it sell?". Taipei Times.
  38. ^ Alex Vaccani. "The Kid intervista di Alex Vaccani" [The Kid’s interview by Alex Vaccani]. TOH! Magazine.
  39. ^ IAC — Institut d’art contemporain — Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes. "LE TEMPS DE L'AUDACE ET DE L'ENGAGEMENT – DE LEUR TEMPS (5) -".
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  48. ^ "Art Paris Art Fair 2015".
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  51. ^ Anne Claire Plantey. "Artefact Magazine". Artefact Magazine.
  52. ^ "EXPO// Art Paris 2015 : trois artistes à ne pas manquer – The Arts Factory Magazine". The Arts Factory Magazine.
  53. ^ Marine Sulitzer. "Art Paris Art fair : valse printanière entre continents". LIB.
  54. ^ "Art Paris ART FAIR : du 26 mars au 29 mars 2015". Elphège.
  55. ^ a b "PRISE DE TETE AU ART PARIS ART FAIR – Alfalibra". Alfalibra.
  57. ^ "Galerie ALB : Roxy Rocky" (PDF).

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