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Youri Messen-Jaschin is an artist of Latvian origin, born in Arosa,
Switzerland, in 1941. He often combines oils and gouaches. His favourite
colors are: strong reds, yellows, greens, and blue. He also works in
body painting, exhibiting his works in nightclubs.
Life and works
Messen-Jaschin studied at the Ecole Supérieur Nationale des
Beaux-Arts, where his teachers included Robert Cami. He also attended
the Hautes Études of the Sorbonne University. Part of his course
included which included the history of art, and his teachers included
Pierre Francastel. From 1962 to 1965 he attended the Ecole des
Beaux-Arts in Lausanne, where one of his teachers was Ernest Pizzotti.
He worked for two years at the Center of Contemporary Engraving in
Geneva before moving to Zurich. Influences at this time included
Friederick Kuhn. From 1968 to 1970, he studied at the University of
Högskolan for design & Konsthantwerk of Gothenburg, where he made
kinetic objects of textiles.
His first group exhibition was the
Lausanne EXPO, in 1964 (Swiss fair), where he presented his kinetic
sculptures of glass and acrylic resin. In 1967 he exhibited in
Scandinavia. In 1967, he met Jesús-Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez and
Julio Le Parc during an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum of Gothenburg.
Influenced by these artists, he became interested in optical art.
In 1968, Messen-Jaschin received First
Prize in Swiss Contemporary Art of Engraving. In the same year, he was
granted a Scholarship from the Swedish Government.
In 1970, he created a kinetic sculpture
for the American company Gould, at Heistetten, in Germany. His Pop Art
style single tapestry More Light is held in the collection of the Musée
of Contemporary Art, in Zurich. Another tapestry, woven during the
Seventies in his work-studio at Zollikofen, in Switzerland is held in
the collection of Migros Vaud, in Switzerland.
After spending a long period in New
York, Youri returned to Switzerland and settled in Bern, where he lived
for eleven years. During that time he held many exhibitions at the
Kunsthalle and also in other museums in the area, such as the Kunsthaus
of Zurich, Ecole Polytechnique, Federal of Zurich, and the Cabinet of
Prints, of Geneva.
He lived in Venezuela for a few years.
He was awarded grants from the Foundation Mendoza and Yonekura
Industrial and designed stage sets at the Sala of Conciertos del Ateneo
and Teatro Ana Julia Rojas del Ateneo in Caracas. He was invited to
present his theater performance art in various venues: VI Festival
Internacional de Teatro, Fundacion Eugenio Mendoza, Association Cultural
Humboldt (Goethe Institute) and the Alliance Française.
He maintained correspondence with Oscar
Niemeyer and Burle Marx, in Rio de Janeiro, Ōtake in São Paulo, Brazil,
and Clorindo Testa, in Buenos Aires.
In 1985, he received the first world
prize of culture Premio Mondiale della Cultura statua della Vittoria
from the Central Studi e Ricerche delle Nazioni, in Calvatone, Italy. At
the same time, he became an Academician of Europe by the Università E
Centro Studi e Ricerche of Europa, in Italy.
From 2004 to 2005, he stayed for
several months in Sydney.
The Museum Royal des Beaux Art, in
Brussels, Stedelijk Museet Amsterdam, and private collectors from the
United States, Canada, Japan and Europe have works in their collections.