Coming from a long line of painters and sculptors, Garrick Yrondi was destined to pursue a career in art. He began his formal schooling in 1969 at the School of Art in Naples. His early works were influenced by Kotavoz, Dauphin and Tobiasse, and were exhibited in France. In 1977 he moved to French Polynesia, where he has spent most of his life since. In 1985 Garrick settled on the mythical island of Bora Bora because of the colors of its lagoon from which he draws his extraordinary blues.
Garrick makes his own pigments using ancient techniques to reproduce the luscious tones of the islands, which are unique to this part of the world. Ochres, bistres, reds and blues have taken a local name which he changed to Moana blue, Marahamu blue, Rai yellow, Taramea red, Tinito …. These have become Garrick’s Polynesian palette which he uses to highlight the true joy of life in a paradise filled with beautiful native flowers, exotic fish and happy carefree people.
In 1996 he officially gave as a present “Vahine E’ia” (Fish Lady), a 2.4 ton Portuguese rose marble sculpture, to the beautiful lagoon of Bora Bora. She sits near the airport and protects forever the lovers who give her a flower.
Partial List of Exhibitions
Yacht Club, Cannes
Corinne Marchand Gallery, Lyon
Cordelliers Galleries, Pau and St Jean de Luz
Nuku Hiva, Marquesas, Polynesia
Centre Vaima, Papeete, Tahiti
Rio de Janiero, Brazil
United Nations Office, New York
Exposition Universelle, Lisbon
Galerie du Bois Chenu, Barcelonette
Private exhibition, Brussells
Olympic Games, Sydney (in 2000)
Painted frescos for Hohoi Chapel in Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
Commissioned by Salvador Dali’s publisher to create a huge mosaic for his swimming pool in Bora Bora
Chosen by the International Museum of the 20th Century Arts and Culture Centre to be the representative and painter of French Polynesia