Alumni & Exhibitions

Leonardo DiCaprio Purchases Painting by SACI Alum Jean-Pierre Roy

A painting by Jean-Pierre Roy (SACI Alum, 1994) was purchased at VOLTA NY contemporary art fair by actor and art collector Leonardo DiCaprio.

Landscape with Divergent Perceptual Reference Frames, on view at Gallery Poulsen's VOLTA booth, is part of Roy’s latest series titled “Aporetic Sequence.” In the various scenes, which are both hyperrealist and neo-surrealist, four masked figures float across a neon-lit desert background, scaling giant biomorphic structures in gravity-defying poses.

The painting is the second piece DiCaprio has purchased from Roy’s body of work. He bought his first painting by Roy, Nachlass, in 2015 after seeing it featured on Gallery Poulsen’s Instagram account during the PULSE fair.

Roy’s work is influenced by his childhood in Los Angeles, where he has said that the serene atmosphere always seemed on the brink of natural disaster, a sense of tension he often suggests in his paintings. His work has been reviewed in The New York TimesArt in AmericaNew American PaintersThe Chicago TribuneThe Seattle StrangerHi-Fructose, and many other publications. He has pieces in the collections of Anita Zabludowicz, Jereann Cheney, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Jean Pigozzi, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bjorn Borg, among others. 

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