He initially aimed to study humanities and social sciences before turning towards drawing and painting. In Montparnasse, he was introduced by the actor Michel Simon to Henry Miller who advised him to devote himself to photography. This meeting is a key moment in his career.
He then worked with the ethnologist Robert Jaulin and traveled through Asia, Central Europe, Cuba, Jamaica and, particularly, the United States.
In the early ’90s, he joined the humanistic photography movement (especially Willy Ronis he met very often) and later designed his proper framework by choosing strong themes like daily life italian summer.
In 2006 is created the Kiki of Paris Committee, a society whose aim to promote the work of the artist and to deliver authenticity certificates.
Kiki of Paris is a member of the ADAGP.
The melancholy of Kiki of Paris
The yellow taxi that you can see in the photo called Key West had just set him down by the side of a long road outside Miami. The strange nature of this shot is intriguing. You can see in it whatever you want to see, but there is definitely something, sad, languid, lonely about that day, with the taxi disappearing into the heat and the humidity; he felt abandoned, orphaned, alone in the world.