b. Cagnes sur Mer, France 1983
Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico
Yann Gerstberger builds through his tapestries and paintings a vernacular vocabulary referencing the Fábulas Pánicas of Jodorowsky, the fantasy of the tropical seen from Europe, postgraffiti and the history of abstraction and its repertoire of ambiguous and mystical shapes. His series of textile tapestries depict narratives inspired by patterns found in Mexican popular culture, art history and nature, being produced with an original technique conceived by the artist: he glues fibers of cotton on vinyl to form colourful surfaces, mixed with industrial fabric, preferably patterned or textured that he finds in markets in the city. The cotton fibers are dyed by hand, using a mixture of natural Mexican dyes such as cochineal, and industrial ones like Citocol, the most basic dye that can be found in the supermarket.