Kay Quattrocchi

About

For the first 12 years of my life, I lived in Saigon, among fluttering white parasols and deafening bombs. It gave me an acute awareness of the preciousness of life and the cruelty of humans on its negative side. Soon after we returned to France, I was able to attend the Apollo launch that sent men to the moon. Finally, I saw human intelligence used for something other than war, and I saw the positive side of people. And with that, I was inspired to study astrophysics and the mysteries of space and consciousness.

In the meantime, I encountered Ceylon and its British colonial presence, Congo, Morocco with its fantastic gardens, Martinique with its creole and its humor, Paraguay, Polynesia and its fragrances, and Easter Island and its mysteries. Throughout my discoveries of poverty and wealth, of solitude and friendship, I remained inspired by the powerful images of men on the beautiful satellite that is the moon. This gave me the energy to continue studying, through all the years that followed, and to share this information about science through my art. My passion has led me to study philosophy, fine art painting, psychoanalysis (with Carl Jung and synchronicities), astrophysics (Carl Sagan and many others), and consciousness and its links to the universe. I’ve gone in search of the Self through bosons, neutrinos, particles, black holes, gravitational waves, Planck walls, quantum mechanics, double causality, space, and time.

In an article about me in Force One, journalist Mathias Durand-Reynaldo wrote, “Her life is so intense that if a great writer ever decided to make a feature film, he wouldn’t know where to start.” He also pointed out that my “space-time concepts are not necessarily in sync” with those of my contemporaries. I have lived a lot, seen a lot and learned a lot, without having chosen it. If that sounds like a lot to you, I can assure you that for me it has been even more. Life deserves to be lived to the fullest, doesn’t it?

For years, I have painted and sculpted these links, this relationship between being and physics. In 2017, I filed an international patent on my work and sculpture “The Walls of Light” (in front of the city hall in St. Barth), which uses layers of translucency to define the multi-dimensions of the beings within us. In 2022, I continued that journey with the launch of KQuasars, the first NFT collection created on St. Barth, in which I’m using new technology to explore my lifelong curiosity about the relationship between science, art, space, time, consciousness and us.

“Passionate about the relation ship between the Being and Physics I paint the link between our consciousness and the Universe”

Biography

2022

She becomes the first St. Barth artist to enter the NFT space with KQuasars, a collection of works based on black holes and quasars, representing her lifelong fascination with the universe.

2021

She undertakes a trip to Polynesia on behalf of the president of St Barthélemy, to offer a trophy representing the sails to the president of French Polynesia.

2020

Doctor Bruce Lipton dedicates a “Spotlight” to her, and on her research on the Universe and Consciousness.

2019

Between Art and Science : A retrospective of her entire career is presented in the Museum of St. Barthelemy. Invited physicist Philippe Guillemant and Quattrocchi organize a kind of game that allows participants to understand the tools of consciousness through synchronicities.

2018

She decorates a residency in London with 17 commissioned paintings.

2017

She registers the patent for “The Wall of Light”. A sculpture concept that combines multi dimensionality, painting and light and can also be used as room dividers or to illuminate pools or exterior spaces.

Quattrocchi realizes and donates a “Wall of Light” sculpture on behalf of the President of St Barthélemy to his Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. It get’s installed in front of the City Hall of Gustavia.

2016

Auction Sale in Paris, 130 x 160 cm, adjugée : 58.000 euros

2015

She participates in charitable actions for the WWF, in favor of Tigers. This is a collaboration with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Sir Stelios Haji Ioannou Philantropic Foundation.

2015, Charity auction for the Stelios Philantropic Fondation, Prince Albert II Foundation, and WWF
SAS Prince Albert II and me

2014

Caritative Exhibition for the Heart Fund at the Hotel Carl Gustav in St Barth.

2013

Her first exhibition featuring astrophysics paintings called “Neutrinos & Bosons” is shown at the Christopher Hotel in Saint Barthélemy.

2003

Quattrocchi paints the poster for the music festival of St. Barthelemy using her pointillism technique. The original painting sells at auction for the benefit of the Festival.

Festival of music of St Barthélemy

2000

She sells her gallery and paints for stars and top models such as Izabelle Scorupco and Jeff Goldblum among others.

1994

She inaugurated her gallery ‘Espace 21’ and worked with ‘Maitre Pierre Cornette de Saint-Cyr’ on an exhibition of Modigliani, Picasso, Arman, Cesar, Leonor Fini, Chemiakin, Raoul Dufy, Marie Laurencin, and herself. She met at the time a very good friend of Madame Hillary Roddham Clinton and carried out a special commissioned order for a portrait of Madame Clinton. From this moment on, she painted many portraits using the pointillism technique.

Portrait of Hillary Roddham Clinton, Oil on Canvas, 1994

1993

She arrived in Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies.

1991

Autumn Salon in Paris. Kay Quattrocchi meets with Michael Turovsky who tought her the technique of figure-abstraction. This, she says, was a great experience.

Plaza San Marco, Salon d'Automne

1990

The “Creole Marine” was acquired by the Museum of Martinique.

Creole Marine, Museum of Martinique, 1990

1989

For the bicentenary of the revolution, Kay Quattrocchi creates the “Marianne of the DOM TOM,” acquired by the president of Martinique’s local council who offered lithographies to Mr François Mitterrand and Mr Jacques Chirac. The “Marianne of the DOM TOM” was presented to the French television along with a song with 40 voices created by Kay Quattrocchi and harmonized by Mr Laouchez.

1988

The Polynesian government and the experts in the art of stamps from the French Post Offices chose one of her works to be presented in the international philatelic collection: the “Stone Carrier” exhibited at Paris’ Porte de Versailles.

Le Porteur De Pierre, 1988, Oil On Canvas Tahiti Period by Kay Quattrocchi
Le Porteur de Pierre, 1988
La Depeche, Page 12, 1988

1983 - 1988

Kay Quattrocchi traveled and showed her work in many countries and exhibitions such as Paraguay, Isla de Pasqua, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Tahiti. For two years she was the creator and presenter of a program for the French TV, during which time she also performed in two movies. She completed many drawings that depicted Polynesian traditions such as tattoos, dance, etc., and met with Paul Emile Victor who was her hero as a young girl and with whom she made exhibitions. She also met with Joel Blanchard who was a student of Dali and became her tutor.

1979 - 1983

She lives in Brazzaville, Congo 

1978

Kay sails on the legendary “Kriter”with Captain Pierre Daboussy and his best friend Alain Gliksmann. They travel to St Martin, Açores, Gibraltar, Ibiza, Sicile, Tunisie, Grece, Rhodos with Tahiti as the final destination.

1977

She lives in Brazzaville, Congo 

1974 - 1977

She lives in Morocco

1972 - 1973

She lives in Brazzaville, Congo 

1970 - 1971

She lives in Ceylon, Sri Lanka

1968 - 1969

She lives in Martinique

1957 - 1968

She grew up in Saigon during the Vietnam war. Her father was an engineer and her mother an art teacher. She spent her first years of schooling at the Regina Mundi School, “Les Oiseaux” in Saigon.

1957

Kay Quattrocchi was born in Africa and moved to Vietnam with her family when she was 9 months old.

Solo Exhibitions

1995

L’Espace 21 Gallery (Saint-Barthelemy)

1994

“Galerie des Arts” (Saint-Barthelemy) 

1993

Maho beach (Saint-Martin)

1992

Lafitte trade show la Batelière (Martinique)

1991

Exhibition of “La Marianne” at the Palace of Congress Paris, 73rd congress of the mayors of France presided by Mr. Jacques Chirac

Botanical Gardens of Montréal

1989

Exhibition of “La Marianne” Impératrice Hotel (Martinique) broadcasted on RFO Martinique

1987

Rétrospective Sofitel Tiare Mooréa (Tahiti)

1986

“Galerie des Formes” Monterey (USA)

1985

Yamanaka Gallery (Japan)

1984

Gallery 21 Sydney (Australia)

1982

Cataratas de Iguaçu (Brazil)

1979

Hinatea Gallery (Tahiti)

Group Exhibitions

1989

Centre of the Arts (Guadeloupe) presentation of La Marianne

1988

Exhibition of the stamp “Le Porteur de Pierre” Porte de Versailles (Paris)

1986

Vaimantic gallery with Paul Emile Victor

1984

OTAC 150 painters for the Festival of Oceania

1983

Fare Manihini with Johel Blanchard (Tahiti)

Museums

  • Heritage museum Tahiti for the stamp “Le Porteur de Pierre”
  • Heritage museum of the Antilles (Creole Marine)
  • Local Council of Martinique “La Marianne des DOM TOM”