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Grillo Demo - Artist
Hi everyone,

I need your help. I'm trying to find info and photos on Grio Demo and his work.
He is an Argentinian artist, who's trademark is imposing images of flowers on to portraits.
He was featured in Vogue Paris a year ago (sorry I can't remember the issue ) and even manipulated an image of Carine for her editor's page.
I've been scouring the internet for anything on him and I've had no joy!

If anyone can help me out by posting info and the likes I'd be eternally grateful!

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Actually, I believe he was featured in February 2006 issue of Vogue Paris. This would make sense since it was all about Argentina!


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apparently you are right about the february issue but it is indeed odd that there is no other information on the web...

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Le jasmin est l’une de ses plus enivrantes obsessions, l’une de ses signatures les plus raffinées également : l’artiste argentin Grio Demo parsème ses œuvres de pétales de blanc, à la manière de «voiles parfumés», aime-t-il à préciser. Collages, peintures sur photos, interventions diverses : l’homme n’a pas de genre préconçu, tout est bon pourvu que la fleur puisse s’y déployer avec grâce et glamour. «Vogue m’a demandé de participer au numéro argentin. C’est ce qui m’a donné l’idée de rechercher des photos de toutes ces femmes du monde – icônes riches et glamour de toutes les époques – que l’on croise en Argentine, à Hollywood, dans les salons de couture… Égéries des plus grands photographes, souvent, elles ont cette allure aristocratique qui, pour moi, reflète absolument l’esprit de Vogue depuis toujours. J’imprime leur portrait – fait par d’autres – sur une toile, et, ensuite, je peins la fleur dessus, je les pare de leur propre jardin.» Un noir et blanc d’élégance qui ne devrait pas manquer de séduire les fans de la première heure, celles qui depuis longtemps déjà collectionnent les œuvres de l’artiste, depuis Kate Moss jusqu’à la princesse Gloria Von Thurn und Taxis.
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well, never trust vogue

grillo demo, it is

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Ah, Estella Mare you have absolutely made my day! Thanks so much for helping me to find out more on this elusive artist!

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you're welcome, i'm quite intrigued now myself, thanks for the introduction

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His work is so beautiful. I adore his style. Here is a brief bio on him from wikipedia.org.

Victor Hugo 'Grillo' Demo is an Argentine artist.
Demo left Argentina in 1978 and settled in Ibiza, Spain, where he continues to work. He is known for his jasmine paintings, depicting falling jasmine. Kate Moss, Madonna and Elle McPherson are collectors of his work.

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It's such a shame that there is very little info and interest on this artist.

I finally found the piece in which Demo was featured in Vogue Paris!

Here it is...


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thanks for the update, i'll keep my eyes open as well.

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an article from the independent.co.uk


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Grillo Demo: The painter's home in Ibiza

Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Elle McPherson are among the famous names who own one of Grillo Demo's jasmine paintings. But, says Chloe Grimshaw, his house in Ibiza eschews all A-list glitz in favour of colourful bohemian chic

Published: 23 October 2005



Grillo Demo left his native Argentina in 1978 to begin a new life in Ibiza as an artist. Today his pictures - most famously his paintings of falling jasmine - are exhibited around the world and numerous famous visitors and residents of the island seek him out. For example, Demo met the Peruvian photographer Mario Testino here one summer and was subsequently invited to take part in a show of Latin American art at the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York. Kate Moss stumbled over his doorstep and kissed one of his paintings, she is now a collector of his work, along with Naomi Campbell, Elle McPherson and Madonna.
Demo's home on the island is a small, two-bedroom cottage where he can focus on his art and tend to his garden that's filled with fragrant lemon and almond trees and, of course, every type of jasmine.
From an early interest in architecture, Demo has gone on to create innovative spaces and installations inside the cottage and the surrounding gardens. In the summer, he sets up "outdoor rooms" filled with piles of books, candles, daybeds and cushions all under trailing canopies of roses and bougainvillea.
One particular installation evolved over the summer of 2004, with Demo creating a towering sculpture from candles and various broken objects. It is now part of an intimate seating area, next to a terracotta wall covered with trailing roses, a green trestle table, and turquoise chairs that he found in a charity shop.
And adding to the colour, in front of a pergola of dazzling roses, Demo has placed a daybed next to a low table made from an Ibizenco old door. Meanwhile, two eyes, fringed with green and red, look out from a ceramic jug placed on a rough wooden table.
Demo reminds us that as well as the visual picture of the garden, "there is also the scent that surrounds the picture; of honeysuckle and jasmine". And hanging on the garden wall is a large cloth decorated with a large painting of a falling jasmine, and with a deep red border. Demo says the canvas is, "a kind of Veronica, which is the type of material that they used to clean the face of Christ".



ndeed, Catholic references echo through all of Demo's art, as he paints pictures of jasmine on to images of the Madonna, the Christ child and crucifixes. And hanging from Demo's neck as we talk is a red silk ribbon that holds golden good luck charms and stones, crucifixes and ganeshas which have all been given to him as presents by friends.
One of Demo's closest associates is Vincente, the owner of Ganesha in Ibiza town, which specialises in vintage furniture and antiques. The 1960s lamp in the kitchen and the crucifix hanging behind the bed were both found by Vincente for the house.
Taking pride of place in the bedroom, however, is a portrait of Demo painted on pieces of broken plates by fellow artist Julian Schnabel. And the Schnabel family influence doesn't stop there. Julian's wife Olatz makes fine bed linen in white and aqua with coral edging, and her pillows are scattered throughout the house. "Naples yellow, coral and turquoise are the best colours for a house in the sun," proclaims Demo - he has painted all the doors and window frames with these vibrant colours. He also selects colours for his home based on his travels, such as the yellow canvas behind the bed inspired by Tibetan flags, and the vivid red used for curtains, cushions and canvases, that comes from his visits to India.
In the winter, Demo leaves Ibiza to go home to Argentina, and to explore India, travelling to Delhi, Goa and Jaipur. His bedroom is full of finds from these exotic journeys to the Subcontinent, such as the blue-and-white patchwork quilt and the red 19th-century carpet with embroidered gold edging. The mosquito net hanging from the ceiling is from South America. The bedroom, like the whole house, is a giant canvas, one which Demo is always adding to.


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Wow! Thanks so much for the new pictures and article, Estella Mare!

Although I'm dying to get behind Demo's fascination with jasmines. What is their signifigance?

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what an interesting idea to use those flowers that way
if ever i'd really like to visit one of these outdoor rooms someday:p

my family is catholic but i have no idea what the jasmine would symbolise
it seems like it is a symbol for love?
http://www.weddingbokay.com/symbol.html
http://painting.about.com/cs/inspira...olsflowers.htm

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