Leo Caillard lives and works in Paris. He first fell for a grand passion for science and observation. Yet, as he grew fascinated by the notion of time, he discovered the need for a conceptual and artistic response. He started studying at the Gobelins in 2006 and left for the USA shortly after in order to study the New York art scene. Personalities like Stephen Hawking really inspired him.
In 2009, he begins with a project reflecting on our use of digital visual coding in a museum setting. This project was derived from the fact that we see over 500 images per day (in comparison to 50 images back in 1960). The lifespan of a digital image is very short, a few hours barely on social media. He put this understanding of time in relation to the artworks in the museum who lasted a few centuries and called the series Art Game. Two years later, he creates his most pertinent work called “Hipster in Stone” where he dresses up classical sculptures so that we can better comprehend the difference of times between the two historical periods. Society changes but the great human questions remain and that’s this belief that guides the core essence of Leo Caillard’ works.
For the past two years, the work of Leo Caillard is more and more engaged within the museum context. In March 2018, the artist contributed to the exhibition Classical Now at King’s College London alongside renowned artists Marc Quinn and Damien Hirst. Leo dressed up two enormous sculptures at the north entrance of King’s College London. The artist is currently exhibiting in Paris in all the public spaces of Bercy as he used augmented reality to create imaginary sculptures appearing on a series of empty pedestals. Two new series called Light Stone and Wave Stone question our relationship with reality via a discourse between light and stone, presence and absence, the tangibility of marble and the immaterial digital.
Leo Caillard works currently on many different projects that question the same notions of time and identity but instead trying to make the installations more global, reaching wider demographics.
One of these projects is to create a series of notes, in partnership with a fiduciary group to obtain a powerful visual result. The aim is to challenge our notion of money and its core evolution in our society. The volumes of notes will be used in participative installations. They will highlight how ephemeral money can feel in contrast to more philosophical value systems. The audience will become an integral part of the project.
Plan a visit to Leo’s studios in Paris here
After our very successful exhibition “Hope Ratio” in June 2020, we partnered up for the second time with UBP in Monaco and created an exhibition called “A Brave New World”. In June 2020, we partnered up with UBP and exhibited for the first time the work of our artists in UBP’s beautiful space in Monaco on the theme of hope and sustainability. Like last year in 2020, our show addresses key topics that MTArt Agency and its artists feel very passionate about. “A Brave New World” tackles the issues and challenges that our world is facing and how as human beings we interact with these and our environment. Here are a few glimpses of our new exhibition featuring artists Asiko, Andrea Tyrimos, Ben Cullen Williams, Elisa Insua, Leo Caillard, Shana Wilson, Tiffany Bouelle and Claire Luxton. The exhibition is from January 2021 until August 2021.
Forward of the CEO Sérène El Masri at UBP in Monaco:
« Following our very appreciated and inspiring first UBP Monaco art exhibition representing and celebrating sustainability, we have again brought together a group of very talented young artists represented by award-winning artists’ agency MTArt.
As we take the plunge into a brave new world following the life- and world-changing events of 2020, the works now on display at our offices take us on a journey to explore our vulnerabilities as human beings, the values of our societies, and how we interact with ourselves, with each other, and with our environment.
Every contour of our landscape has been changed by recent events, and it will take mobilisation from all segments of society, business, government, and culture to collectively adapt. As the world of art opens the channels of awareness and dialogue, so finance has its own key role to play in this paradigm shift. By joining forces, we are compounding the benefits each of our areas of expertise and talent can bring.
I leave you to take in this thought-provoking and stimulating display conveying values and ambitions we can all draw from and share in pursuit of a bright and prosperous future. »
Download the catalogue of the exhibition “A Brave New World”
Watch the video of our exhibition “A Brave New World” at UBP Monaco:
Advising the most prestigious banks with the artworks they shall be acquiring for their corporate collection is a dream come true. We are so proud that Union Banque Privée (UBP) in Monaco decided to acquire both the works of Léo Caillard and Delphine Diallo for their progressive nature.
Teaming up with The Crown Estate, MTArt Agency has incorporated exciting artworks in streets and shops that have struggled since the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to keep the area beautiful and inspiring, artists Léo Caillard and Àsìkò have provided artistic responses to activate the area. Asiko’s works adorn hoardings by the Royal Academy whilst Caillard’s piece takes over a shop front on Conduit Street, nestled among luxury brand names and restaurants. Both artists’ work feature strong, powerful women, projecting presence and inclusivity.
A. Lange & Söhne invited our artist Léo Caillard to be the face of their latest campaign celebrating their 25th anniversary of the iconic Lange 1. This collaboration between the watch brand is a perfect match, our artist’s interest in time resonates with the brand. Artist Leo Caillard toys with our relationship with time. Through a blend of different periods and anachronism, he prompts us to reflect on the present in relation to our past. Here the watch plays with the concept of time that is reflected in the antique sculpture, creating a bridge between past, present and future.
During FIAC 2019, our artist Léo Caillard decided to inspire everyone with his art and exhibited his works in Gare Saint-Lazare, one of the busiest train stations in Paris.
#LondonIsOpen. MTArt Agency and Dazed teamed up on an Exhibition Competition for the Mayor of London’s ‘LondonisOpen’ campaign. The images shown in the exhibition of artists Leo Caillard and Jennifer Abessira, highlight the positivity in London.
Paris Aéroport is currently displaying a 40-meter long photographic installation of our artist Léo Caillard.
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.
Léo Caillard has presented his art pieces all over the 3 floors of the MACM museum in Mougins, south of France. His artworks create a dialog in between ” past and present ” as they are surrounded by real antics busts and craftworks from the Greek and Roman Period of time. Alongside some other well known more modern art such as Yves Klein, Dali, Picasso and others.
In April 2019, some of Léo’s most recent creations were presented alongside well known contemporary Artists such as Xu Zhen, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and many others. The ” Neon Discobolus” was the central piece in dialog with an original greek version of it.
Our artist Léo Caillard was featured in the exhibition “Art in Art” in 2017 with his famous series Hipster in Stones.
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