David Aiu Servan-Schreiber

Painter

David Aiu Servan Schreiber is a French artist who cares about the planet. He lives and works in London and is represented by MTArt Agency. David considers that human existence has to be part of nature and his consciousness. 

Instead of shaming the viewers by demonstrating the dreadful impact humans have on their planets, David explores an inside-out approach to environmental challenges which inspires us to build a healthier relationship with planet earth and take action. Emotions are universal, and they are complex. Cognitive theories have shown that states of feeling can result in physical and psychological changes that influence our behaviour, so to be in touch with our emotions can fundamentally change us. Eventually, it’s an emotional trigger that brings an action. David gives us a sense of wonder and inspires us to feel, and act accordingly.

In his different series, the artist develops micro-topics that are connected to his broader practice. The series Planets offers a magnetic contemplation amidst the hustle and bustle of our lives. A well needed moment to stop and reflect but also to appreciate what is inside and around us, and gives us a golden chance to unearth life lessons and take action. Can these Planets lead us to our own revolution? The series has the ability to evoke and communicate emotions and the ability to affect how we feel about ourselves or our planet. 

Acting as a visual and conceptual counterpoint to the previous series, ‘Microcosm’ develops an aesthetic approach to the disintegration of life on our planet. This unsettling reminder of humanity’s capacity for destruction should also work as a warning for our collective ability to put an end to said devastation.  

From ‘Microcosmos’ to the artists’ most recent series ‘Fever’, David draws an analogy between the phenomenon of fever in the human body and the climate crisis and consequential global warming. If the human body deals with viruses by increasing the body’s  temperature set point in order to remove the disruptive element, provocatively, David poses the question: ‘Could we be the toxic virus of our planet?’ 

This exploration of life in our planet works as an invitation to answer the greatest, the most urgent question of our present time: to explore the inextricable links between us and our environment, from our need to reach some kind of faith to lead our human behaviour in the world, and challenge the values by which we live.

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artworks

Mirror , 2020

Mirror, cement and gold leaf 25 cm diameter
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Atto

Gold leaf, acrylic and fire on panel 60 x 80 cm
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Alta , 2020

Fire, cement on panel 180 x 122 cm
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Dima , 2020

Wood, oil, resin 100 x 75 cm
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2.4 ° , 2020

Acrylic and led on panel 244 x 122 cm
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Nazar , 2020

Acrylic and filler on panel 204 x 81 cm
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Sagone , 2020

Acrylic and filer on board 180 x 122 cm
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Solta , 2020

Acrylic, fire and metal leaf on panel 180 x 122 cm
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Orani , 2018

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 100 x 75 cm
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Microcosm (series)

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 102 x 77 cm
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Haïma

Oil paint, gold leaf on panel 180 x 122 cm
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Rotondo

Acrylic and metal leaf on panel 140 x 95
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Untitled , 2020

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 180 x 120 cm
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Muravera , 2018

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 180x122 cm
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Selona , 2020

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 60x80 cm
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Orgosolo , 2020

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 180x122 cm
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Arachova , 2019

Oil paint on panel 180x122 cm
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Famia , 2020

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 140x95 cm
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Terrabla , 2019

Oil paint on panel 140x95 cm
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Anama , 2019

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 140x95 cm
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Aidone , 2020

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 180 x 122 cm
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Tramatzu , 2018

Copper leaf, linen on wooden panel 180x122 cm
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Foce , 2020

Oil paint on panel 122x122 cm
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Surabhi , 2018

Copper leaf on wooden panel 180 x 122 cm
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Osano , 2020

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 140x95 cm
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Diceros Bicornis , 2018

Oil paint, gold leaf on panel 75x100 cm
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Serrenti , 2019

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 180x122 cm
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Ruinas , 2018

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 100x75 cm
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Artusa , 2020

Oil paint, gold leaf on panel 60x80 cm
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Nissoria , 2020

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 60x80 cm
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Vaulta , 2019

Fire, cement, gold leaf on panel 180x122 cm
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Clarendon , 2020

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 180 x 122 cm
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Orani , 2018

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 100 x 75 cm
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Abelia , 2018

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 140x95 cm
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Furtei , 2018

Fire, cement, gold leaf on panel 140x95 cm
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Tellia , 2020

Oil paint, resin, cement, gold leaf on panel 104x122 cm
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    David Aiu Servan-Schreiber worked with Parisian brand Diptyque. From theatre, music, painting, or fabrics, Diptyque’s world is made up of powerful emotions and delicate pleasures, art and the art of living. In the heart of St James’s Market Pavillion, the artworks from his stunning exhibition “It’s Later Than You Think” are intermingled with this world. Next to the “planet mirrors” and “microcosm”, the Diptyque objects reflect and shine in a beautiful way that enhances the beauty of each object.

    MTArt Agency is incredibly proud to present, “It’s later than you think”, the work of their artist David Aiu Servan Schreiber in the heart of London’s most thriving areas, St James’s. “It’s later than you think” is a mirror series commenting on pressing environmental issues. These astonishing mirrors, remind the public of the climate emergency in which they are by placing the viewers in the mirror planet, making them face their individual responsibility.

    During Frieze London 2019 and Fiac Paris 2019, the world’s oldest champagne house commissioned our artist David Aiu Servan-Schreiber to produce a sustainable artwork.

    Our artist David Aiu Servan-Schreiber collaborated with Pomellato for the activation of their store in New Bond Street and the marketing campaign.

    We partnered up with Sofitel for their global campaign “Live The French Way”, exhibiting the works of our French artists in their stunning location at London St James until January 2020 and providing content for their marketing campaign.

    David Aiu Servan-Schreiber exhibited a selection of his works from the series Planets and Microcosms, engaging with the exquisite backdrop of the Rosewood London.

    Our artist David Aiu Servan-Schreiber collaborated with candle brand Diptyque to create a special experience within his exhibition and product placement.

    Last January, art gallery WE COLLECT and MTArt Agency co-hosted the exhibition Drivers for the Future, a group show curated by Olimpia Saccone featuring works by artists Enam Gbewonyo, Elisa Insua, David Aiu, Shuster+Mosley and Adelaide Damoah. The exhibition aimed to offer a perspective on the main timely fights that the new generations are standing for, the battles that will lead to a better future.

    We put together a hope-themed art exhibition thanks to Sookspaces with curator Mary Ahearn that celebrates the role that art plays into our lives and our hearts. Featuring Delphine Diallo, Tiffany Bouelle, Amber Vittoria, Asiko, Andrea Tyrimos, David Aiu Servan-Schreiber, Claire Luxton and Léo Caillard.

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