Martin Tardy

Austrian-French, 1992

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Martin Tardy is an Austrian-French artist whose distinctive artistic style is characterized by figurative works that are drawn largely with the use of one single line.

Already at a young age, Tardy picked up a pencil and started to draw. This visual language, a language beyond words, has remained his preferred means of expression throughout his life, as he was later diagnosed with severe dyslexia. Today, artistic creation has become not only his language of choice, but his passion.

His education in design has given the artist a solid foundation in working with various materials, such as metal, wood and ceramics, something which he continues to explore in his artistic practice today. His recognizable style originated in a quick sketching technique which has since become a means of artistic expression in itself and expanded beyond the traditional surface. His works feature on materials such as glass, stone, PVC and mirrors.

In his pieces, the artist stretches the capabilities of a single line, not stopping until a piece has been completed. Sometimes, he even draws asynchronously, with both hands, to create one single image consisting of two lines who continue to intersect and together form a bigger picture. These lines, the artist states, stand for continuous development and the path of life itself, with all its possible twists and turns. Human anatomy has always been a source of fascination for Tardy, as he aims to merge the physical body with its environment, playing with the viewer’s perception of depth and space along the way.

Martin Tardy's work has been part of numerous group and solo exhibitions in Vienna, Paris, Basel, Cologne, Luxembourg, Miami and more. The artist currently creates his paintings and sculptures from his studio in Vienna, Austria.

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