photography by Alice Grace Wilken
text by Stephanie Wade 

Jean-Francois Le Minh

“For me, an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings. When I see a tree, I receive an impact as if it were somebody breathing, somebody speaking. A tree, too, is something human.” 

— Joan Miró 

Jean-Francois Le Minh Portrait

This quote by Spanish painter Joan Miró (1893-1983) aptly applies to Jean-François Le Minh’s own work, which is fitting, given it is the quote that most resonates with Jean-François personally. His paintings and sculptures are rich in color and texture, with contrasting layers that have a realistic quality as if they were full of life. Working between New York and Mexico, Le Minh was raised by his grandparents in a small town on the French west coast. After school in Paris, he was accepted into the Central Saint Martins at the University of the Arts in London. “I remember going to hardware stores with my grandmother when I was a teenager,” he states. “From the shape and texture of the shovel to the color of the lawnmower, I cultivated and developed a virtual cabinet of curiosity. It’s something that I still do on a weekly basis.”

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