Painter – Sculptor
Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2007)
Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (2002)
Grande Medal of the City of Paris (2004)
Sculptor, Rachid Khimoune was born from Kabyle parents, at Decazeville (France), in 1953.
Graduated from the School of art of Paris in 1974, he first starts painting before choosing sculpture. In 1980 he wins the first prize of the « Foundation of France ».
With his numerous and works of art, Rachid Khimoune who exhibits since 1975, is in several museums, and public and private collections.
Pierre Restany, art critics, wrote in 1995:
“The mind took of all the potential visual from oral possibilities with no limits, and that eclecticism of Life is the expression of, without any sort of deceitful action, the universality of a language from personal shorthand of instinct.”
« To see what we can’t see anymore, to look from an other eye, in the magic and the dream » it is what makes all the poetry of his art.
From the “manhole cover”… to the old socket outlet, through the objects of a second hand, Rachid gives volume and life back to the insignificant.
Rachid Khimoune’s universe: an imaginary world filled of real and created animals. Composed by objects that surround our daily life, his “bestiary”, as he says, is now internationally recognized by the critics.
“The Children of the World”, monumental bronze sculptures installed in Paris since 2001, is one of Rachid Khimoune’s greatest pieces.
To realize them, he went too many world cities to capture the “streets skin”.
“We could think that all streets are the same. However, sewer plates and grids around trees are very different from one city to another one as tattoos on the skin. Those signs even reveal the identity of the city, even though it story….
I would have molded the words Water –Gas – Streamlining – Electricity, in all the languages of the world”
2013 Vallois & Friedman’s gallery, New-York.
2013 Françoise Souchaud’s gallery, Lyon.
2012 Vallois’ gallery, Paris. France
2010 World Expo, Shanghai. China
2009 Art Sawa Gallery, Dubaï. UAE
2008 U Want Art Gallery, Shanghai. China
2008 Arab World Institute, Paris. France
2007 « Salon du Collectionneur » Grand Palais, Paris. France
2006 Vach’Art (Cow Parade), Paris. France
2003 Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo. Monaco
2002 Casa de Francia, Mexico city. Mexico
1999 Bourdelle Museum, Paris. France
1997 Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris. France
1995 Del Léon Gallery, Venice. Italy
1993 Picasso Museum, Antibes. France
1988 Symposium of sculptures in Seoul. South Korea
1986 100th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, New-York. USA
1984 Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris. France
1976 University Georgetown Washington. USA
2010 « The Children of the World », 21 Bronze sculptures, Shanghai. China
«The Christmas Tree of Rachid Khimoune», The 15th Anniversary of Les Sapins de Noël des Créateurs, Paris
2009 « El Mamoun the Moroccan », sculpture and drawing, Marrakech. Morocco
2009 « The Children of the World », 21 Bronze sculptures, Dubaï. UAE
2007 « Naomi the African girl », sculpture, Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso
2006 « The Bull », sculpture, Turin. Italy
2006 « The Family », sculptures, Ordino. Andorra
2004 « Jean-Baptiste from Monaco », sculpture, Monte Carlo. Monaco
2003 « Felipe the Mexican », sculpture, History Museum of Cuernavaca. Mexico
2002 « Enzo the Italian », sculpture, Sienna. Italy
2001 « The Children of the World », 21 Bronze sculptures, Paris. France
2000 Bronze door for the building « Le Vinci », Paris la Défense. France
1995 Creation of a tapestry for the « Mobilier National de France »
1993 « The Crusaders », sculptures, Chartres. France
1989 « l’Homme Valise », relief, Arab World Institute, Paris. France
1987 « The Warriors », sculptures, Seoul Olympic Parc. South Korea
1987 Mural relief, New-York, USA