Duaiv Biography

Duaiv creates paintings that transcend the boundaries of expressionism and impressionism. The techniques, originated by the first French impressionists and the expressionists who followed, are greatly explored by current painters, yet rarely are they mastered with Duaiv’s finesse. He has found a balance between these two great traditions in Fine Art and created a style that is truly his own. In his movement beyond the confines of his traditional influences, Duaiv has secured his place as a contemporary master.

Duaiv was born in France near Bordeaux on July 26th 1952. At the age of 9, and with his left hand, he painted his first oil. Fortunately, his parents did not block his artistic vocation. To some extent it can be said that his parents diversified his vocation by enrolling him in both the Conservatory of Music and the School of Fine Art in Paris.

His work is deeply rooted in the French impressionist tradition, yet filled with an expressionist’s emotive passion. Duaiv’s palette is strikingly vibrant and sets him apart from other painters working in the French tradition.  He infuses his paintings with the poetry of a life deeply felt.  Duaiv effectively orchestrates color to engage and captivate, drawing the viewer into the moment when the light and shadow of a landscape or street scene bursts into harmony.

Upon close inspection of a Duaiv canvas, one sees that the first impression of time and place is only the surface.  Colors mix and flow as if the entire painting could change at any moment.  The greens of a shrub reveal hints of purple and red creating a richness of texture and a luxurious surface.  Paints are not mixed on a palette, but on the canvas at the moment of application.  The effect is mystifying in its sense of fluidity and can appear accidental, yet it is masterfully controlled. Duaiv uses various palette knives to imbue his work with the undulations of texture that is synonymous with his work.

Duaiv is also an accomplished cellist who received formal training at the National Academy of Music in Paris.  He demonstrates the musician’s heightened understanding of emotional nuance and has translated these skills into his painting.  His works in landscape, portraiture, and street scenes of Paris all seem alive with their own subliminal symphony.

Having won many awards and accolades, such as the "Greci Marino," International Academecian, Commander of the Order of the Star of Europe and the European Foundation Price to mention a few. Duaiv is acclaimed and collected not only in his native France, but with an ever expanding following throughout Europe, South America and North America.


  • Phillips Galleries, Palm Beach, Florida,USA
  • Gallery 1000, Carmel and Palm Desert,California,USA
  • Austin Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA
  • Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, Florida, USA
  • Behr - Thyssen Ltd, New York City, New York, USA
  • Ecliptic Gallery, Melbourne,Victoria, Australia
  • Art & Vivant, Japan
  • Gallery Droit de Regard, Arcachon, France
  • Chassen Galleries, Richmond, Virginia, USA
  • Galerie Rouge, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Kavanaugh Art Galleries, West des Moines, Iowa, USA
  • Master Gallery, Greenwood Village, Colorado, USA
  • Alexender & Victor Fine Art, Coral Gables, Florida, USA
  • Galerie 2000, Montreal, Canada


  • Represented in Japan by Mr Shoji OTANI Art & Vivant
  • Represented in New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina
  • Represented in Australia by Miss Vlassevskaïa VIAUD
    and Mr Bernard SOMJA
  • Represented in Europe by Ms Kalinka & Mr Olivier WILLOCQ
  • Represented in Russia by Jean-Louis Gibon
  • Represented in Canada, London, and Dubai by Antoine Tremblay


  • Gallery Jardin des Arts, Paris
  • Gallery Regards, Metz
  • Gallery J.C.B, Colmar
  • Gallery Forum des Images, Albi
  • Gallery Victoria, Mougins
  • Art Gallery, Antibes
  • Gallery Biblion, Toulouse
  • Gallery Briand, Royan
  • Gallery Artemis, Saint-Paul de Vence
  • Gallery Vlassevskaïa Duaiv, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Cherif Fine Art Gallery, Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
  • French Art Network Gallery, New-Orleans, USA
  • Gallery de Provence, New York, USA
  • Gallery DUAIV, Cannes, France
  • Gallery Artitude, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Gallery Genesis Fine Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
  • Galleries Graal, Agen, Toulouse, Moissac, France


  • Portraits:

Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, H.A.H. Princess Grace of Monaco, Gerard Philipe, Jean Marais, Michelle Morgan, Brigitte Bardot, Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Jeanne Moreau, Gary Cooper, Claudia Cardinale, Jean Gabin, Liz Taylor, Paul Newman, Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jerry Lewis, Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Lino Ventura, Bourvil, Louis de Funes, Catherine Deneuve, Alain Delon, 3 portraits of Isabelle Adjani, Marcello Mastroiani, Sophie Marceau, Clint Eastwood, Sharon Stone, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eddy Murphy, Carole Bouquet, Gerard Depardieu, Hugh Grant, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Jacques Marin, Edith Piaf, H.S.H. the Queen of Holland, Michel Berger, Andre Malraux, Kalinka and Vlassevskaïa DUAIV, portrait of the Tacet family, portraits on the theme of ill-treated children, portrait of Marc (collector), portrait of Dc Ac. Rahman Al Mishari Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

  • The Great Chefs of France

Christian Willer,Pierre Cebeillac

  • Creation of works to decorate menus at great restaurants
    • 'L'Oasis' in Mandelieu
    • 'La Scala' at the 'Noga Hilton' in Cannes'
    • Le Grill d'Alex' on Cannes harbor
    • 'Miramar Beach' on La Croisette in Cannes
    • 'La Ferme de Mougins'
    • 'Le Carthage', Tunisian company of navigation
    • 'Le Place Gammarth', la Marsa, Tunisia
    • Cafe Sapori, Palm Beach, USA
  • Biblical Scenes
    • Eli and the chariot of fire
    • The Patriarch
    • Crossing the Red Sea
    • The Armenian genocide (Blessing by Bishop Narek Chakarian)
    • Moses
    • Towards universal Love
    • Abraham
  • Creation of mobile works
    • Creation of a mobile work on a bus in the city of Cannes : Les Quatre Saisons, Official presentation at the 'Palais des Festivals' in Cannes
    • Decoration of a second bus in the city of Cannes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Film Festival : 40 portraits of stars
  • Creation of many frescoes


  • Individual Exhibitions and Previews
  • 'Austin Galleries' in Austin, Texas, USA in October 2002
  • 'Gallery 1000' in Carmel, California, USA in October 2002
  • 'Weatherburn Gallery' in Naples, Florida, USA in April 2003
  • 'Phillip's Gallery' in Palm Beach, Florida, USA in March 2003
  • Personal exhibition at the 'Phillip's Gallery' in Palm Beach, Florida, USA in March 2004
  • Personal exhibition at the 'Weatherburn Gallery' in Naples, Florida, USA in March 2004 and March 2005
  • 'Art expo New York' with BEYR THYSSEN LTD in March 2005
  • TV documentary about DUAIV, live on US TV, in March 2005


  • at the 'Brussels Hilton' under the patronage of Mr. Didier Gosuin, Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism on the French Community Commission an Mr. William Ancion, Minister of Higher Education, Research, Sport and International Relations for the French community


  • Exhibition in 'Hilton Hotel', Barcelona

EXHIBITIONS (Switzerland):

  • Exhibition and Preview under the patronage of the French Consul General at the 'Noga Hilton' in Geneva
  • Exhibition and Preview under the patronage of the French Consul General in Geneva at Crans-Montana
  • Creation of a work on the twinning of the towns of Crans-Montana and Mandelieu-La-Napoule
  • Exhibition at 'Badrutt's Palace Hotel' in St. Moritz
  • Exhibition under the patronage of Mr Ramseyer, State Council of Justice, Police and Transport. October to march 2000, 'Noga Hilton Hotel' in Geneva
  • Year 2000 New Year's Eve celebrations until March 30th 2000, 'Crans Ambassador Hotel' in Crans-Montana


  • Individual Exhibitions
    • 'Palais des Festivals' in Cannes
    • 'Hotel Carlton International' in Cannes
    • 'St. Petersburg Gallery' in Mougins
    • 'Saint Helene Gallery' in Lyon
    • 'Hotel Royal Riviera' in St. Jean Cap Ferrat
    • 'Gaston Gerard Gallery' in Dijon
    • Guest of Honor in the town of Frejus, on the invitation of Mr. Leotard, Minister of Defense and Mayor of Frejus
    • 'Grand Hotel' private beach during the Cannes Film Festival
    • 'Metropole Gallery' during the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix
    • Sète Casino Inauguration by 'Ô Soleil Gallery' in Aigues Mortes, creation of a work on the Casino
    • Guest at the 'Port Camargue Casino'
    • Guest of Honor at the Nice Grand Prix and vice-chairman of the jury
    • 'Paul Ricard foundation' on the island of Bendor
    • 'Royal Golf Club' in Mougins
    • Exhibition and Preview at the 'Hilton Tour Eiffel' in Paris
    • Preview and Guest of Honor of the 'Mougins municipal museum
    • Guest of Honor of the city of Toulon
  • Preview with private concert given by the painter DUAIV on the cello
    • 'Garden Beach Hotel Casino' in Juan-les-Pins
    • 'Theatre des Oliviers' in Mougins
    • 'Chapelle de la Misericorde' in Vallauris
    • 'Maison de l'Amérique Latine' in Monaco, private concert at the 'Hotel Hermitage' in Monaco
    • 'Port La Galère' private club in Théoule
  • Group Exhibitions
    • 'St. Jean Cap Ferrat' pleasure yacht marina
    • in Menton
    • in Théoule
  • Happenings
    • 'Clairvoyance Festival' at 'Juan-les-Pins Casino', Happening on the Casino's logo
    • Gastronomy Festival at the 'Palais des Festivals' in Cannes, Portrait of the Great Chefs of France
    • Exhibition and Happening on the logo of the Casanis company in Aubagne