DUAIV — The artist known as Duaiv (pronounced Doo-arf) was born in 1952 in the community of Charentes-Maritimes in western France. Today, Duaiv is a Commander of the Order of the Star of Europe and undoubtedly one of the most distinguished French Impressionists alive today.
Duaiv demonstrated his artistic talent at a distinctly young age. He began painting at the age of 3 and had completed his first work in oil at the age of nine. But the young artist also showed early promise as a musician. So, when Duaiv was of age, he was enrolled in both the Conservatory of Music and the School of Fine Arts in Paris, where he met and married Magella, a classical ballet dancer. Today, they have two children Kalinka and Vlasseuskaia.
Inspired by Pablo Cassels, Duaiv became a concert-performing cellist as well as a renowned Impressionist, who has given numerous private performances for distinguished gatherings at such venues as the Maison de l'Amerique Latine and the Hotel Hermitage in Monaco, and the Chapelle de la Misericorde in Vallauris.
During the last ten years, the work of Duaiv the artist has received considerable recognition. In 1994, the Minister of Defense and Mayor of the City of Frejus invited Duaiv to be his Guest of Honor at a major art exhibition hosted by the town. In 1995, his work was exhibited at the Grand Hotel in Cannes and in Monaco on the occasion of the Monaco Grand Prix. In 1996, the city of Cannes awarded him a public commission and an official presentation at the Palais des Festivales. In 1997, the French Consul-General invited him to exhibit in Switzerland. In 1999, he was invited by the French Minister of Culture to exhibit in Belgium. In 2001, the Minister of Arts for Tunisia invited him to take up residence in that country to help develop and promote the Arts. Duaiv has been awarded Academicien International, the Prix de la Foundation Europeanne as well as Commander de l'Ordre de l'Etoile de l'Europe.
Duaiv is planning further exhibitions in the US, the UK, Canada and Australia.