Biography

Sylvain Granjon, moniker Mister ZoZo, was born in a small town near the French/Switzerland border and now calls Paris home. He is the consummate creative, having been a performance artist until he was in his thirties when his focus shifted to photography and visual art.

Embodying the dark humour and slapstick comedy synonymous with Sylvain’s genre of theatre, his work is a colourful explosion of bizarre and charming characters, akin to catching the sadness and surprise in the performance clown’s eye after he has been hit over the head.

The artist states, “I am a self-taught visual artist. My approach to drawing is organic. I must draw every day. I started with very loaded drawings, thousands of small characters. Then I had a period where I was drawing in pencil, from old photographs. This developed my current technique, drawing very colourful comic work, with clownish and strange characters using China ink, coloured pencils and water.”

Artists Granjon admires include Robert Crumb, Man Ray and Max Ernst whose influences can be seen his work. American comic book artist Emil Ferris writes of the artist, “Sylvain Granjon’s work unsettles us and emblazons itself on our vision. It is impossible not to immediately recognize any work he has created as his. His world is cohesive, profoundly distinctive and completely unique.”

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020 “De L’air!” Zozo Collective Exhibition POLLEN Monflanquin

2019 Genetically Modified Photographs, GALERIE AMAC PROJECT, Paris

2019 Genetically Modified Photographs, NIGHT OF THE YEAR RENCONTRES D’ARLES, Arles

2019 The Zidiomatiks, FRANCE ROMANIA / FRENCH INSTITUTE, Timisoara, Cluj, Iasi

2019 Genetically Modified Photographs, BONED BOOKS, Barcelona

2019 Les Zidiomatiks, CITY OF EPERNAY, France

2019 I Was Born Arc En Ciel, Douce Amère, Tracks, LAMAZIERE, Cormeilles

2019 Sous Bocks Collection, PGM And Zozo, ART FACTORY, Paris

2019 Identity Disorder, PGM Exhibition Curator ISABELLE DE MAISON ROUGE, GALERIE VOZ Boulogne

2018 Tongue Out Collection, TBILISI PHOTO FESTIVAL, Georgia

2018 Tongue Out Collection, RENCONTRES D’ARLES NIGHT OF THE YEAR, Arles

2018 The Museum Artist-In-Residence-Collection, SUNNHORDLAND MUSEUM, Norway

2018 ALICE… Sweet Bitter, ROCHESERVIÈRE, France

2017 LISTEN TO SEE I Was Born Arc En Ciel / Genetically Modified Photographs, GALERIE VOZ, Boulogne

2017 I Was Born Arc En Ciel, NIGHT OF THE YEAR RENCONTRES D’ARLES, Arles

2017 Zidiomatiks, Zuper, Zozo, HÔTEL GASTON, Paris

2016 Sweet Bitter, Zidiomatiks, Mr Zuper, GALERIE LE POINT VIRGULE, LANGUEUX

2016 Sweet Bitter, Zidiomatiks, GALERIE LA CARPE, AUBETERRE

2016 Sweet Bitter, Zidiomatiks, GALERIE FOOUND, GENEVA

2016 Mr Zuper And 1000 Feet Underground, BELGRADE PHOTO MONTH, BELGRADE

2016 Douce Amère, Zidiomatiks And Mr Zuper, LOFT PHOTO GALLERY, BRUSSELS

2015 French Institute Of Serbia: Zidiomatiks / Douce Amère, GALERIE BARTCELONA, BELGRADE

2015 Les Zidiomatiks, LA PELLE AUX RÊVES, HERBLAY

2015 “RETROSPEKTIVE” (Sweet Bitter, Les Zidiomatiks, Mr Zuper, Tracks), ESPACE M.UTRILLO, PIERREFITTE

2014 Mr Zuper, TRACKS, MUSEUM HALSNOY KLOSTER, NORWAY

2014 FESTIVAL ENCONTRO DE IMAGEN, PORTUGAL

2014 The ZIDIOMATIKS, THE TRIP TO NANTES, NANTES

2014 The ZIDIOMATIKS, CIRCULATIONS FESTIVAL, PARIS

2014 Collective Exhibition “0,01 Pix” Les ZIDIOMATIKS, GALERIA TAGOMAGO, BARCELONA

2013 The ZIDIOMATIKS, FOTOFEVER PARIS, PARIS

2012 Sweet Bitter, PHOTO OFF SHOW, PARIS

2012 EXPERIMENTAL Collective Exhibition (Mr Zuper), TAGOMAGO GALLERY, PARIS

2012 Collective Exhibition DRIVE MY CAR (Mr Zuper), MADRID PHOTO

2012 SWEET BITTER, GALERIA TAGOMAGO, BARCELONA

 

Residencies & Publications

– 26-minute documentary produced by Cinq26 on the making of a Zidiomatiks, in co-production with the Circulations Festival

– Artist residency at the Sunnhordland Museum (September 2014, NORWAY). TRACKS Series

– Artist Residency In Lorraine (10 Weeks 2014) 40 Portraits / Testimonies Edition Of A Book, Traveling Exhibition.

– Publications: Liberation, Causette, L’obs, Biba, Muze, Franco Fans, The Eye Of Photography

– Portfolio In The Aither, Lenscratch, Tribu Magazine, Artist Up, Articulaction, Le Monde De La Photo

 

COLLECTIONS

– Collection of JO BAIO (New York): 4 photographs from the series JE SUIS NÉ ARC EN CIEL

– Sunnhordland Museum (Norway): 1 photograph from the Tracks series

– Collection of G.G.D (Paris): 6 drawings and 8 photographs from the PGM series

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