Charnine has been impacted by the Masters as well as by the surrealists but his style is pure Charnine. He combines whimsical images with precision in his execution. The result is poetic and seasoned.
Winning attention and praise for his technique and sophistication of his ideas, Charnine’s paintings are realistic in their detail yet with composition that evokes an emotional response from the viewer.
Born in Nice on the French Riviera, Samy Charnine immigrated to the United States in 1983. He lives a secluded life and is very devoted to his art. He grinds his own paint from historical pigments using recipes and techniques dating from the Renaissance. He is highly demanding on himself and destroys many of his paintings, sometimes years of work, if the result doesn't meet his standards and expectations.