Yann Masseyeff – Face A Face Exhibition at the Secret Gallery in Paris until July 23

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Tonight was the opening at Secret Gallery for the ceramic artist Yann Masseyeff and architect by Reda Amalo.

My eyes immediately fell on Masseyeff’s interpretation of a one thousand year old African piece.

Born in Dakar, Yann Masseyeff was nourished by the richness of a multitude of cultural influences. At a young age, he began drawing and very quickly turned to ceramics. It is thanks to an encounter with the artist Pascal Lacroix who taught him how to turn porcelain, to master complex techniques such as reduction or Far Eastern enamels.

But what makes Yann Masseyeff vibrate is the emotion of the materials and textures. Reminiscences of ancestral and tribal forms inhabit him and feed his gestures. So he models the clay with his intuition, creates an almost primal dialogue with his sculptures and makes his creative energy resonate in them.

In 2021, Yann Masseyeff set up his new studio at the foot of the Pyrenees, an isolated haven of peace close to nature. There he sculpts and models stoneware amulets, all of which are unique pieces. He assembles them, composes them, humanizes them and transmits to them all his sensitivity. He reveals his way of perceiving the world.

Yann Masseyeff created a monumental work on the Place Vendôme. The work “Ligne de Vie”, composed of two rows of sculptures, is an allegory on time and on the uniqueness of the life of each individual.

Reda Amalou is a French architect and designer, the Secret Gallery presents his design collections, his pieces in edition by the house Veronese, Rings, Toulemonde Bochart … as well as his Gallery Collection. Exceptional pieces made with art craftsmen in unique pieces or in limited editions of eight.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.