Tony Soulie Artist Biography
Tony Soulié is an established contemporary French artist who works as a successful painter, photographer, installation artist and writer. He uses his frequent travels as inspiration for his distinctive abstract pieces.
Tony Soulie was born in Paris in 1955 and still lives and works in the city. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and the École des Arts Appliqués, both in Paris. In the 1970's and 1980's, Tony Souli was a part of the French art movement ‘Nouvelle Abstraction’ which uses a visual language of shape, form, colour and lines to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.
He has been described as a nomadic artist who combines his work as an artist with his taste for voyages in diverse and extreme landscapes like deserts, volcanoes, dense forests and big cities. In 1992, he produced his first series of painted photographs, using varnish, ink and carborundum powder mixed with acrylic paint which became his trademark. His use of carborundum powder, a material not originally intended for fine art, relates to his interest in volcanoes because the silicon component of the artificial compound is only found in nature in volcanic exhalations. The technique of his photo-paintings involves him covering the large scale black and white photographs he takes during his extensive travels with ink, acrylic, varnish and carborundum. Although he is generally referred to as a painter, he has also created numerous artist books, sculptures, performances and land art installations.