Born in North Africa from a family of French parents established in Algeria for three generations, Pinel and his sister grew up in happy surroundings and caring grand-parents.
In 1961, following the bloody civil war for Algeria’s independence, Pinel’s family decided to leave the country and settle in a region of central France called “The Lot,” a wild and magical countryside where medieval beliefs and legends became a big part of the artist’s creative make-up. There, Pinel attended school and was free to roam the mysterious countryside and explore its landscape.
After graduating from High School, Pinel’s grandparents relocated in a city close to Paris to allow the artist to pursue higher education opportunities and to be close to his aunt and sister in Versailles.
1969 – 1970
After working at various odd jobs and temporary positions in Paris, disillusioned, Pinel moves to Australia where he would spend a year working in the Australian outback and the Papua – New Guinea territories. Due to the harsh heat and humidity conditions, the artist returns to Paris where he decides to pursue an artistic career.
1971 – 1976
Pinel is accepted by the School of Fine Arts and Architecture (les Beaux- Arts of Paris), where he is to study for the next 5 years toward a Bachelor in Architecture. However, his artistic studies are interrupted by a year of mandatory French military service; with a subsequent refusal of the School of Beaux-Arts to allow the artist to continue his education after losing a year of study.
1976 – 1977
This is a pivotal year for the artist. After meeting the influential American artist and musical composer Dean Taylor, Pinel participates in his first Group-show of large Collages based upon musical compositions of Dean Taylor in a live performance at The Museum of Modern Art of Paris, executed by the Imminent Master and Orchestral Conductor, Max Deutsch.
From two important group shows at the Ducastel Galleries in Avignon and the celebrated Salon d’Automne, emerges the direction that the artist’s style and talent will take, with his Collage titled “Anatomical Madonna.” This work — in essence — defines the artist’s medium of choice and Surrealistic style that will be pursued for the next 30 years as a vehicle to develop his particular and unique narrative symbolism.
1978 – 1982
Due to the scarcity of serious artistic opportunities in Paris and the will to open more serious artistic avenues, Pinel, in accord with musical composer and artist Dean Taylor, decides to move permanently and establish himself in New York City (1978), center of artistic currents and innovations. The same year the artist is accepted as a permanent exhibitor at the Key Gallery in SOHO, New York, where his works were in permanence for 12 years until the death of the owner and the closing of the space. In New York City and New York State, Pinel’s collages have been exhibited and have taken center stage in numerous group and one-man shows as well as significant coverage in important articles and artistic revues from prominent critics. Pinel will also meet with Art literaries, writers and publishers. His works have been included in publications and books relating to Collage techniques, contemporary Surrealism etc…
1982 – to the present
Pinel’s move to the West Coast and his decision to settle in San Diego, California, has opened new artistic venues and opportunities to exhibit a new range of collages, oil paintings, Fujichromes (photographic work) and mixed-media which has resulted in an impressive expansion of his level and range of artistic expression. Between 1982 and up to the present, the artist has travelled and exhibited in France, the East Coast, the West Coast, and has maintained a serious collection of work with friend and gallery curator Benjamin Alexander Hoga based in San Diego.
Among the works never published by the artist are Automatisms, a book of Surrealist poetry, Small illustrative collages artworks, some of which are in private collections in New York and Germany.
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