Grataloup was born in Nantua France in 1935. Today he lives and works in his studios in Chevreuse (near Paris)
He studied in « Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts » in Paris and at the same time in « Ecole Normale Supérieure » (1959 – 1963)
In 1963 he was Laureate of the Institut of France for Casa Velasquez in Madrid and stayed in Madrid (Spain) during two years.
In 1968 he was Laureate for the « Prix de Rome » (Rome Price) and stayed at the Villa Medici (Rome) with the famous painter Balthus who was as that time Director of the Villa Medici.
He started his first rubbings. They consisted in rubbing the walls of the Rome City to immortalize on paper the imprint of time. As these rubbings didn’t have a sufficient symbolic scope for him, he decided to draw the imprint to then lacereate it to form a matrice and in finally to rubb the matrice to create series.
This is this very particular pictural writing made of lacerations and rubbings we can still find in all his series. He approximatively create one or two series per year. Each series consists of about ten paintings on a specific theme (swimming pools, galaxies, surfs etc…).
Art critics call him a « new symbolist ». In fact, his canvases represent nature in a symbolic dimension. The material is very present in his work ; all kind of material ; golden leaf, acrylic thicknesses, brass tubes, sand …).
A lot of exhibitions were organized in France and abroad (Germany, Spain, Sweden, Serbia…).
Grataloup also has to his credit a large number of monumental works (urban art) mainly in Paris but also in France. They are made of stained glass, ceramics and mosaics.
SPECIAL WORKS IN A NEW MANNER OF PAINTING AT TRANTER SINNI GALLERY