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Portrait of Jean-Claude Farjas
Portrait of Jean-Claude Farjas ©

Jean-Claude Farjas was born on May 31, 1924 in Paris, France. He died there on February 21, 2002. He attended school at the Institution Saint-Lazare in Autun and then at the Lycee Condorcet in Paris. He went on to study ethnology and anthropology at the Faculty of Sciences in Paris.

Farjas was a veteran of the French First Army during World Ward II. Following the liberation of France, he worked as a journalist with "Arts et Spectacles", "Paris Match", "Paris Presse". He then served as a radio broadcasting director with the ORTF [French Radio and TV Service]. In 1961 Prince Rainier of Monaco appointed him head of the Information Service and Director of the Press Department of the Monaco Government.

Painting since the 1950’s, he devoted himself to his art in 1970. In honor of his artistic accomplishments, he was made Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 1996 and Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1997.

Farjas participated in a large number of collective exhibitions mainly in Paris where he was a full member [sociétaire] of the Salon des Artistes Français, the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-arts and the Salon d'Automne of which he was a member of the board of directors and Secretary General. The Salon d'Automne paid him special homage, a special exhibition, in 1990.

In the studio
In the studio ©

He also showed his work in personal exhibitions. His first was in Paris in 1961. This was followed by many other exhibitions throughout France, the United States, Japan and many countries of the world.

Farjas painted in a fine , concise style that is at the crossroads of the figurative, the surrealistic and the naïve. He created mostly animated landscapes with a preference for small formats. Relatively classic at the beginning of his career, his painting gradually acquired a dreamlike quality of deeply personal inspiration : Imaginary, colorful landscapes, often interspersed with ridges and cliffs, dotted here and there with a number of familiar or exotic animals.

Author : Florent Pellerin