Quentin Germain, born 1987, grew up in Saudi Arabia and Brazil before settling in Paris as a child. Early on, his keen interest in fiction and comic books pushes him to narrate stories through images. Fascinated by the romantic painters of the 18th and 19th centuries, he is taken by the aesthetics of the sublime that comes through the contemplation of great landscapes, as well as the works of contemporary artists such as Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer. The cinematographic world (David Lynch, Andreï Tarkovski, James Cameron) also plays its role in lighting effects and the relationship to the spectator, as much as the scientific imagery that came through underwater exploration.
It is through the prism of urban “non-spaces”, a topic researched during his studies at the Beaux-Arts in Paris, that he undertook his work as a painter and sculpor. Highways, parking lots and industrial zones are a part of contemporary landscapes, and are reminiscent of the fact that virgin spaces no longer quite exist since man has colonized land. Since 2016 he is inspired by even more mysterious landscapes: the deep depths. There, he settles fictional narratives of ruines, wrecks and abandoned cities, using different medias such as painting, sculpture and video.
Since 2020 he is a permanent resident in the art incubator POUSH.
He lives in Paris.