Born 1930, Jassy, Romania. Lives and works in Paris, France.
He can remember his mother, who was a seamstress, working till late in the evenings, embroidering swirling, bright patterns, which at the time filled him with wonder and generated the desire within him to become a painter.
He studied at the Bucharest School of Fine Arts. He is nurtured by a particular inner richness, which he expresses with a touch of magic.
Like his fellows, Brancusi and Brauner, he is profoundly influenced by his native folk art. Locked in his memory are the beauty of icons, the colors of peasant ceramics, the ornamentation of traditional costumes, the paintings decorating the wooden cottages and, most of all, the frescoes on the facades of Moldavian monasteries.
He recreated the marvels of his childhood world, inhabited by magic birds, exotic fish, primitive men and women. Couples and animals fuse into one another, symbolizing the unity of the universe. He likes to use a geometrically based synthesis of his subject – for instance the curve traced by interlaced arms makes a far greater impact than the expressions on the faces: « I want to stay figurative and to embellish less and less« .
Briss is always able to avoid anecdotes in opening to use his world of fantasy, a domain filled with imagination and imbued with nostalgia.
SELECTED SOLO SHOWS
Minsky Gallery, Paris, France
Twee Pauwen Gallery, The Hague, Netherlands
Stern Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Dima Gallery, Paris, France
Opera Gallery, Paris,
Opera Gallery, Singapore, Singapore
Elisabeth Den Bieman de Haas, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Odakoyu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Noortman Gallery, Maastricht, Netherlands
Meissner Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Poulsen Gallery, Pasadena, CA, Etats Unis
Hadassa Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Judge Gallery, Washington DC, USA
Galerie zur Krone, Batterkinden, Switzerland
Elca London Gallery, Montreal, Canada
Perlings Gallery, Krefeld, Germany
Romanet Gallery, Paris, France
Olive Tree Gallery, Philadelphie, PA, USA
Tel Aviv, Israel