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Cayron, Olivier delocked

French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 24 February 1958.

Painter (including mixed media), collage artist, engraver, draughtsman, illustrator, poster artist. Stage sets.

Olivier de Cayron is a self-taught painter whose work betrays the influence of Pollock, Dubuffet and, on occasion, Michaux. In 1985, he was one of the co-founders of the Art-Scènes Association and a contributor to the periodical of that name. He lives and works at Cachan, not far from Paris. He was awarded the American Academy in Paris Prize in 1984 and has taught engraving there.

He has illustrated several collections of poems. As a painter, he adheres to two abiding principles: to eschew allegiance to any form of aesthetic dogma; and to subjugate technique to emotion and to momentary inspiration. This credo explains the diversity in his compositions. In his abstracts, there is no discernible sense of emotion.

De Cayron has taken part in various group exhibitions in Paris and at other venues throughout France and abroad, including: 1984 and 1985, Festival of Mural Poetry in Sologne; 1985, Salon Lettres et Signes in Paris; 1986, International Graphic Arts Festival in Osaka, Japan, and the Salon Ecriture in Paris; regularly since 1986, Michael Broomhead Gallery, Paris; 1987 and 1989, the international Art Jonction Salon in Nice; 1988, Linéart Fair, Ghent. He has had solo exhibitions since 1988 (when his work was shown at the Broomhead Gallery in Paris), notably in 1991, at the Chapelle St-Libéral in Brive; and in 1992 and 1994, at the Galerie Espace 31 in Niort.


  • Olivier de Cayron, exhibition catalogue, Gal. Broomhead, Paris, 1989.
  • Olivier de Cayron, exhibition catalogue, Gal. Olivier Nouvellet, Paris, 1990.
  • Olivier de Cayron, exhibition catalogue, Chapelle St-Libéral, Brive, 1991.