Born in 1943 in Paris, Yves Garandel
starts drawing and painting as a child. His grades at school
are excellent. He first exhibits at the age of 12 at the
Collonges les Bévy school in Burgundy.
A self-taught painter, he attends the courses
at “La Chaumière” school in Paris for
two years, then those at the Belle-Feuile school in Paris
for two more years.
While on business trips as a house-painter
for the company he works for, he spends his week-ends and
evenings painting. This is how he will develop a taste for
He settles down in Calais in 1974 and meets
with a group of painters such as R.Geneau , J.Declercq ,
Van Steylan , P.Bonin and F.Seys, and with Lhotelier, a
They paint and exhibit jointly at the “Maison
de la Culture” in Calais. There occurs a pictorial
Encouraged by his colleague friends, he
starts showing at regional, national and international exhibitions.
At first, his style is figurative, poetic
and fantastic, with plants illustrations, sea beds and moon
landscapes. By 1980 comes his cubist-naïve period with
the “Coyottes” and the “Cités”
series. In the 1990s, his style turns to Expressionism,
Figurative and Abstract.
In 1993 he moves to the Reunion Island
to paint nature, so rich with colours there. The painter
gets his inspiration from the island’s pervading heat.
In 1994 he is back to France to show his creations.
Then he spends a few years painting in
Cuba, Mexico, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, Spain, Greece
and Senegal. When coming back home, his eyes are filled
with light, colours and heat.
He currently still goes to paint all these
countries and dreams of travels to be.