Pierre Roy-Camille is a French artist born in Martinique in 1979, trained at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. He now lives and works in Paris. He develops an abundant and multifaceted work that combines drawing, painting, engraving, silkscreen printing, digital art, video, mural painting. The personal history of the artist, shared between Paris and Martinique, brings out in his work a tropical world, half naturalistic, half fantasy, where nature rules. In 2014, the Clément foundation in Martinique organizes a solo exhibition entitled “Surnaturels”. In 2015, he presents the exhibition “Painting is the pattern” at the Jules Maeght Gallery in San Francisco, USA. In 2016, his work is proposed by the Maeght gallery in Paris under the title “Le Souvenir avec le crépuscule”
As part of its support to contemporary creation, Rubis Mécénat has commissioned French artist Pierre Roy-Camille to create a monumental, lasting artwork for the industrial site of the Société Anonyme de la Raffinerie des Antilles (SARA) in Le Lamentin, Martinique. Pierre Roy-Camille’s project, Five Hundred Years Ago (Il y a Cinq Cent Ans), is a fresco that extends over more than 60 meters long.
Breaking codes, reinventing oneself, creating the unexpected in an industrial world often considered cold or even austere… What could be better than to bring Art in to add a touch of emotion? This is the SARA’s bias. At the dawn of its 50th anniversary, this unique refinery in the French West Indies, already firmly rooted in economic life, wants to become part of the landscape of the Island’s inhabitants, by associating itself with the creative work of a child of the region, an artist already internationally recognized: Pierre Roy-Camille. The artist chose to express his vision on more than 200 square meters of a storage tank of the Société Anonyme de la Raffinerie des Antilles: “The SARA is a unique site in Martinique, in its location, its utility and its architecture. It can be said that it is a landmark of Martinique, whose tanks are the icons. It seems important to me to offer to this site, through this project, a representation at the height of what they mean for the island. The obvious thing to do is to associate to these iconic tanks that embody the refinery and its history, another icon, both the witness and the ambassador of Martinique: the palm tree.”
More information Five Hundred Years Ago (Il y a Cinq Cent Ans) Pierre Roy-Camille
La SARA, Le Lamentin, Martinique
Artwork visible from the Hauts de Dillon and the highway