Duaiv Harmonizes Music and Art

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Whether he is creating art for the eyes or for the ears, the talent and creativity of accomplished artist Duaiv knows no bounds.

Park West Gallery captures the colorful and musical life of Duaiv in its latest feature video. The French-American artist and cellist discusses why he first picked up the cello and shares details about his creative process.

“For me, I need to paint with the music in the background,” Duaiv says. “It gives me the energy I need to paint.”

Born in western France near Bordeaux in 1952, Duaiv grew up in a creative family—his dad was a sculptor and his mom a pianist. Duaiv studied both music and art at the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique and École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Dolce Vita Duaiv Park West Gallery

Dolce Vita” (2014), Duaiv

At the age of 23, Duaiv met legendary Surrealist Salvador Dalí. Following the fateful meeting, Duaiv dedicated himself to becoming a professional artist and musician, with one discipline enhancing and underscoring the other. His passions for music and art have intertwined and become inseparable; He practices his cello in the morning before painting for four to six hours a day while listening to music. Duaiv achieved international fame for both his art and music, and in 2011 obtained American citizenship and moved to Florida.

"Venice Orange," Duaiv

“Venice Orange,” Duaiv

He now performs what he calls “Happenings,” which are concerts at galleries and outdoor spaces held before exhibitions and book signings. Watching him paint is just as mesmerizing as watching his fingers move on the strings of his cello, opportunities that thrill both the artist and Park West collectors. He has even painted live in front of audiences during cruises.

“For me, the most important thing is not just to do the painting, it is having the chance to see the collector,” he says. “With Park West I have this chance.”

For information on how to add artwork by Duaiv to your collection, register for our exciting live online auctions or contact our gallery consultants at (800) 521-9654 ext. 4 or sales@parkwestgallery.com after hours.

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