Christophe Drochon was born in the suburbs of Paris, France, in 1963. It was not immediately apparent that he was destined to become an artist. In fact, his nursery-school teacher proclaimed to his mother one day that Christophe would "never be good at drawing". Rather than become discouraged, Drochon devoted himself to improving, and with encouragement from inspiring intructors later on, Christophe proved the nursery-school teacher quite wrong.
As a child, he had very little contact with wildlife and the natural habitats of the animals he now paints. However, he spent many summers by the ocean in the south-west of France, and the glimpses afforded him then of the sights and colors of nature made a lasting impression upon him. His family moved near the Vincennes Zoological Park when he was entering secondary school. His interest in nature grew and evolved as he spent many an afternoon in attentive observance of the animals there, sketching them, becoming familiar with their ways, and eventually developing a real empathy for them. In fact, by looking into their eyes, he felt a connection with them, and an understanding that led him to completely reconsider human beings and their real place in the world.
Drochon's beautiful paintings demonstrate the mastery of a hyper-realistic technique that will delight and fascinate fans of nature. However, his work departs from the conventional approach to wildlife art in that he uses the medium to explore universal questions about life. In his paintings, the animal and the scenery are often used as symbols to express ideas, and to illustrate emotional events in his personal life.Through his painting, Drochon also hopes to inspire an awareness of the fragility of the world. Many of his paintings focus on the eyes of the animal, and with these astonishingly intimate portraits, he allows us, at a glance, to glimpse the soul of the natural world, and in the process, brings us closer to an understanding of ourselves.
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