What is an artist ? What makes an artist ? Cézanne said « Art is the
revelation of an exquisite sensitivity". While observing Olivier Messas'
paintings, one can but only be intrigued by colours and compositions that
belong to him only and it is probably by exploring his story that one can
hope to unveil, a bit more, the mystery of his truly original universe, one that
calls upon sensations that are as much sensual as they are spiritual.
Olivier Messas was born on the 22nd of January 1977, in Hô-Chi-Minh-City, Vietnam.
At the age of two, he left for France with his family. They arrived in Marseilles and
then moved to Lyon where the young boy spend his childhood and teenage years.
Olivier was the oldest of five brothers and sisters. His father was a house painter, this
was a source of dreams for the small boy who believed his father to be... an artist !
This was probably a sign of fate. As it is for most Asiatic families, the most important
was to blend in easily and successfully, without any fuss, in a new land of which they
did not speak the language or know the cultural codes. Luckily they quickly found
friends and were helped in this transition. Olivier’s' family then gave all they could to
their children and allowed them the opportunity to fulfil their destiny.
Olivier's vision of life is strongly fuelled and linked to his family values: a mixed culture,
self-will, an opened mind, self respect and of the others, solidarity, spirituality but also
to his cultural roots: Buddhism and French culture make a mixed family, thanks to his
French grand parents from the region of the Vosges to whom Olivier will always be
It is all this which gives Olivier his balanced mind and energy in life! !
As he became a teenager, Olivier sensed the need to loosen his link with the straight
line of the education he received. In Asiatic culture, parents are very present while
Olivier, was very early an independent individual. He also however had to face
family responsibilities setting himself as an example for his brothers and sisters . He
decided to follow an academic training to be an accountant and graduated.
However, he saw that his studies were not what he wished to do : he aspired to
something else, something which he had carried with him for a long time.
It was time for him to set his path, to "become what one is » to quote the famous
Nietzsche. He left the comfort of his family home and began a second life. His mind
was set and the perspective of his life began to change. His character grew and his
personality showed its' true colours, more outlandish, more dashing… He studied
anew in the universe of fashion and creation probably deriving from the activity of
dressmaker of his mother. He lived three years of daring activity and creativity from
which his artistic personality came to grow.
He moved to Paris and quickly found himself in the fashion "milieu", a job which he
loved and where he could ...
Artist value certified: Olivier Messas's works have been evaluated by an independent expert.
2020 ARTISTE INVITÉ D'HONNEUR du Salon d'Art et de la Création 2020 Toulon, France
2017 Artiste sélectionné par l'Académie Jacques BOITIAT pour participer au Grand Prix de Barbizon 2017 Barbizon, France
2016 1er PRIX "PEINTURE ABSTRAITE" - Grand Salon de Printemps 2016 Draguignan, France
2016 4e PRIX "PEINTURE & SCULPTURE" - Salon International d'Art Contemporain 2016 Saint-tropez, France
2014 PALME D'OR "PEINTURE ABSTRAITE" - ARTOULOUSE 2014 Toulouse, France
2014 1er PRIX "TOUTES CATEGORIES" - Grand Salon de Printemps 2014 Draguignan, France
2013 PALME D'OR "PEINTURE ABSTRAITE" - ARTOULOUSE 2013 Toulouse, France
2013 2nd PRIX "PEINTURE ABSTRAITE" - Espace/galerie NLB, Concours d'Eté 2013 Limoges, France
2013 1er PRIX "TOUTES CATEGORIES" - Grand Salon de Printemps 2013 Draguignan, France