C L A R I S S E   D U M A S

Born in the French West Indies and raised on different islands of the Caribbean I grew up in the experience of various cultures, fauna and flora. I developed a deep love for these childhood memories as well as a passion for nature and the sea I tend to represent.

My education was very academic at the school of Louvre, the conservatory of drawing and painting, and la Sorbonne University in Paris where I learned a lot about Art History, techniques, restoration, and conservation. Graduating with a Masters in Sciences and theory of the Arts, as well as a Bachelor's degree in fine Arts I indefinitely moved to New York where I fell in love, to live with my partner and pursue my journey in creation. 

In my latest works, I mostly represent what is left of my past lives. These representations of another time feel like alternative worlds with their own willMy uncertain faded memories are wandering space and time to split and transform, they come back to me as strangers. I see/foresee stories and myths I can not logically place in any part of my life as if I was never living only in this timeline.

Inspired by the concept of "infra mince" from Marcel Duchamp, a sort of in-between which would lead to open a breach to another state of comprehension, I consider my works as rifts on the surface of space and time, open windows to alternative realities I can have a glimpse of.

Artist CV

Selected group shows

    2020 Artist talk at Manhattan Graphics Center, NY, New York


     2019 Member's exhibition, Manhattan Graphics Center, NY, New York


     2018 Melancholia, NYU, Barney Building, NY, New York

     2017 Print Fest, International Print Center, NY, New York   


               Voyage in dystopia, La Capela, Paris

               Songe, LaFarm, Neuilly-Plaisance (Parisian suburbs)                                                                                           



Educational background



     MA in Contemporary Art Theory, 2017 - 2018 -  Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris                                                           

(full scholarship exchange program at NYU Steinhardt, NY, New York)​

     MFA in Visual Arts, 2015 - 2017 -  Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris                                                                               

(transfer to another Art division: Contemporary Art theory)


     BFA in Fine Arts, 2015 -  Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris                                                                                                                                          

     Academic education in drawing and painting, 2013 - 2016 -  Conservatory of drawing and painting of Paris (CDPP), Paris                                                                                            

     Art History and initiation to Art restoration and conservation, 2013 - 2014 -  École du Louvre, Louvre Museum, Paris


     Advanced sculpture and contemporary drawing, 2012 - 2013 -  Atelier de Sèvres, Preparatory school of Fine Art, Paris                                                                                                                        


Research accomplishments



     Masters Thesis Project: 

 Blurry black drawing: disturbance in delineation or how to represent the void


 - Explored the place of drawing in Duchamp’s concept of inframince, developed the idea of fragmentation and superposition in lines as a weft to human thoughts and memory, also studied the History and symbolism of black


 - Conducted research in major museums and libraries across France and the US


 - Artist meeting: Interview with Jonathan Saada and Mathieu Bourgade, creator and co-creator of the Conservatory of Drawing and Painting of Paris  


     Bachelor Thesis Projects: 

 New devices to the line: the evolution of drawing in Contemporary Art 


 Between the lines: Visionary drawing 


 Hucleux's fragmentation and alteration: the disfiguration of hyperrealistic drawing


Awards and Honors



     Manhattan Graphics Center Scholarship, NY, New York (2019)


     The academic training program, New York University, Steinhardt, NY, New York (2019)


     NYU, Steinhardt/Panthéon-Sorbonne Full Scolarship Exchange Program, Paris - New York (2017)



© Clarisse Dumas