Artist Alexander Monestier, known professionally as Monestier, was born in 1974 in Yvelines, France.
Raised in a family of artists, Monestier has been a professional painter since 1994. His father, Etchenic, is considered the pioneer of a select group of French artists that today empower the strong hues of deep cobalt blues, rich reds, bright oranges, and trendy yellows in their modern style paintings. Taught in his studio, Monestier learned how to engrave and paint with both pastel and oil paints.
Alongside his father, Monestier considers himself particularly inspired by the Fauvists, whose more dynamic, abstract style developed from the post-Impressionist movement, and which was made popular by artists like Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse. A colorist above all, the artist likes to work mainly in still-lifes because he feels it allows him to use the freest of colors. The energetic, forceful paint and richness of tint shown in Monestier’s floral bouquets enchant us with their intense presence and their tenderness. He uses the brightest of primary colors to depict his still-life, making them speak to the viewer, and applies his paint with his palette knife.
Monestier's paintings have been featured in galleries in Europe, Asia, and the United States.