The galleries of boris eloi


Recent paintings
Paintings 2015-2019
Paintings 1982-1998


Boris Eloi’s artistic journey 

Boris Eloi has for more than thirty years been trying his hand at art as a self-taught artist, improvising portraits, sketches and landscapes according to the principle of glass painting. This is a rather risky technique however, because it consists of drawing the world backward first, as if from the interior, in order to be able to restore it subsequently to its full formal majesty.

?His is an audacious and playful approach, corresponding to the first stage of a long journey that can be said to be one of initiation. All the more so as, going from painting on wood, then on canvas, and on to large formats, Boris Eloi has always been keen to cultivate the mystery of his turbaned characters and semi-nude women, through settings where time seems to have been suspended, or where different signs suggest that occult powers could be at work behind the images. 

This chosen path that aims at refining the narrative and the depiction, has led Boris Eloi to a profound pictorial change: black and white, and the entire range of grey in between, dominate the paintings focused on the female body, fragmentary visions of which impose their permanence – a vein that would be wrongly characterised as hyperrealism, to the extent that the artist delights in distorting anatomical verities, and then to introduce, quite recently, motifs suggesting that the model was part of an enigma. A skewed strategy, that can be qualified as “magical realism,” to the extent that these subtle distortions nourish the taste for mystery cultivated by Boris Eloi, a remarkable painter in that he manages to put the beholder of his works in direct communication with certain pre-existing secrets of our lives on the surface

Alain Dartevelle