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Antonin Anzil

1988 -

Antonin Anzil

Finesse and fragility characterise his artistic work. The paper medium at first appears incompatible with the idea of engraving or sculpture. Yet Anzil creates a three-dimensional relief, producing abstract forms and patterns from paper.

On the white surface, he illuminates his chosen material and produces inner landscapes, invented maps, and secret motifs. It is up to each observer to define what they see, to find their own reference points between the lines.

The works are both poetic and tangible, a lace-like structure that one feels impelled to caress. While some are influenced by his studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, echoing patterns of hangings or tapestries, others evoke interior landscapes or aerial views. An imaginary world in which one yearns to be lost.


Antonin Anzil was born in 1988 in Blois and lives and works in Paris. Graduating from the École Européenne Supérieure de l'Image de Poitiers in 2010 and from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2012, he then worked in Francis Kurkdijan's studio until 2017.