The Hero’s Journey of Vincent Lacroix

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

I like that the gesture of my hand gives birth to beings or objects, real or fantastic, and gives them intensity and life.

What is my idea of happiness?

Happiness is a temporary and unfortunately often brief state of our self. It crystallizes in fleeting moments during which the spirit enters in resonance simultaneously with the body as well as with the world which surrounds us. For me it can be triggered by the act of creating, by the pleasure of appreciating another’s work or ideas, by physical pleasures…

What is my greatest fear?

My greatest fear is related to the deterioration of the environment which takes various and threatening forms: global warming and collapse of biodiversity of course, but also standardization of places of life, clothing customs and lifestyles in general. Beauty, originality and harmony are more and more threatened.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

The trait of my character that I deplore the most is the lack of resistance to anxiety-provoking stimuli.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Alive, but in my heart: Flemish painters of the Renaissance (Van Eyck, Van der Weyden) and the Dutch of the Golden Age (Vermeer, Ter Borch, Wouwermans,…)

But really alive (I hope so) : Vassily Vladimirovitch Shulzenko

What is my greatest extravagance?

When I was a young teenager (17 years old), I had a small moped. One day, wanting to leave, to discover new horizons and fill my eyes with new colors, I got on my moped and headed straight south. It was just after the death of the dictator Franco.

On what occasion would I lie?

I lie when the lie expresses better than the truth what I try to transmit.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

What I hate most in my work are the moments (increasingly rare, fortunately) when I realise, at the end of the execution of a painting, or even worse, long after it has been completed, that there is a mistake, an imbalance in the composition or the drawing. It is then too late…

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

When I make a painting and I succeed, there is a moment in the process where a “switch” occurs. The painting suddenly acquires a new strength: I have found the way. This is the moment when I am happiest.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

Like many painters, I am a loner. It is necessary to dream and to concentrate. On the other hand, to communicate on my work, to promote it and to value it is for me difficult. I would like to improve my prospecting skills, to build new contacts.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

It is difficult to say because each work is a new adventure, and I try to accumulate the knowledge and improve the expression and the working methods with each new painting.

Where would I most like to live?

I live both in Paris and in the countryside (in the Auvergne, in the center of France). It’s oxygenating to change places. Maybe I would like to have a third option. An island for example…

What is my most treasured possession?

My two painting studios A rather mocking look at the society of men

What is my most marked characteristic?

A rather mocking look at the society of men

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

It depends on the mood. The defense for the feverish energy of the modern world and the banks of the Seine for the nostalgic mood.

What books influenced my life and how?

The author who influenced me the most was Joseph Conrad. His books take us on long journeys, both real and inner, and lead us to feel more strongly our relationship with the world.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

I don’t think I’ll be listening to any music at that time, except for the silence, or the rumor of the world.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

I don’t like heroes or the idea of heroism. It sheds too much light on the complexity of man.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

I recommend the film “Amarcord” by Frederico Fellini, which expresses with great poetry the burlesque and funny magic that we can discover when we explore our memory, and in particular our childhood memories.

What role plays art in my life and work?

As a painter, art has always been one of the essential engines of my life of course. It allows me to communicate with others without using language, but through shared emotions and sensations.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

“Know thyself” said the ancient Greeks. Being the story teller of one’s own life sheds some light on one’s vision of oneself.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022?

I would like to organize a beautiful exhibition in 2022

Where can you see me or my work in 2022?

How can you contact me?

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