Marie-Isabelle Poirier Troyano

Marie-Isabelle Poirier-Troyano embroiders, weaves, folds, sews, creates structures and models from an early age, which led her to join the École Boulle in applied arts, then the Gobelins. In parallel with her practice as an artist, she became an interior designer and worked in particular with the Alberto Pinto Agency on the restoration of the famous Hôtel Lambert in Paris. She also creates patterns for Pierre Frey and Manuel Canovas, publishers of furnishing fabrics, wallpapers and decorative elements. Passionate about textiles, she studied embroidery. She is also very fond of engraving and her first works are block prints that she engraves in lino. Fascinated by Asia and, in particular, by Japan and China, Poirier-Troyano had the chance to meet an American artist in Portugal: Joan Morris, master Shibori. The latter introduced him to the complexities of this technique, also known as Tie and Dye. With this new knowledge, the artist will divert it through a very personal process.


Abstraction is everywhere. No figurative motifs in the art of Poirier-Troyano. Her training as an interior decorator explains her interest in materials, materials and mediums. What interests the artist above all is experimentation, research. She revisits old techniques, works in depth the material and the volume. She is not limited to a particular style, she listens to what she feels, she is attentive to the material and the different techniques with which she evolves. They are the ones who dictate the shapes and patterns she uses and not the other way around, which explains the great diversity of styles that appear in her work. She refuses to limit herself to certain styles, oscillates between classicism and contemporaneity and assumes total creative freedom.

Having studied the history of art, she integrated forms and manners as varied as the School of Paris of the sixties (Marc Tobey, Elena Vieira da Silva), Chinese artists established in France which reinforced her interest in Asian painting like Chu Teh-Chun or Zao Wu-Ki but also the heroes of his childhood like Braque, the Cubist Picasso, Fernand Léger or, later, Sonia Delaunay. The latter has precisely created fabric patterns, painted her patterns on architecture but also designed carpets, tapestries, scarves, tablecloths. Like her, Marie-Isabelle Poirier-Troyano wished, when she was younger, to become a fashion designer and these primary interests are implicitly based in her current practice.