Son of the well-known Swiss editor Albert Skira, pastelist, novelist and a passionate bibliophile, Pierre Skira was inevitably involved in literary and artistic circles from his childhood. At the beginning of his artistic career, towards 1960, he started working in large-format oils, but afterwards started to work with pastels, technique which would convert him into a renowned artist. Skira developed a fascination for still lifes, especially those representing books on black backgrounds, reminiscent of 18th century still life studies.
He exhibited for the first time individually in 1964 in Paris and has continued to exhibit since then, both at the national and international levels. He has also received various prizes, in 1967 he won the Bienial of Paris, followed in 1997 by the international prize in Contemporary Art Duque de Valverde de Ayala Valva in Monte Carlo.
His recent work represents a return to his first abstract works. It is composed of large blocks of pastel colours that emerge on a black background, in which the colours are juxtaposed, permitting the artist more freedom and play with space, forms and volume.
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