Bio

Didier Meïr Long is a french artist borned in 1965. He his the (real!) twin of the french artist Olivier Long.

Their mother learned them modern art and exposed them to Matisse and Picasso painting in Nice and Avignon in Nice and Vallauris in the 70s.

Following him :

Art is not an issue. Only spiritual experience through art is an issue.

This is the Kandinsky lesson

Works of art are only mediums just like sky, wind, or light (or mitsvot!) to experiment the Spiritual that is the real reality.

Monastery

Brother Marc was monk in La Pierre-Qui-Vire Abbey from 1985 to 1995. He was publisher of the Editions Zodiaque funded by Dom Anglico Surchamps and specialized in Romanesc Art. He worked with specialists like Regine Pernoud, specialist of medieval Charts and invented the digital printing process named : « gravure noire » to obtain impressive contrasts for whit and black pictures.

Spiritual Cans

Brother marc, began his artistic path in a monastery : Abbaye de la Pierre-Qui-Vire (1985 – 1990) formed by monks friends of the cubist Albert Gleize in the 50s. Under this teaching, brother marc specialized in the begining in sacred art (Venice Biennale). He also studied theology during 5 years with responsibilities in this field for his monastic community.

On day of 1990 readding a sermon of Paul Tillich brother marc realized that sacred art path leed him nowhere.

The words « deep » and « depth » are used in our daily life, in poetry and philosophy, in the Bible, and in many other religious documents, to indicate a spiritual attitude, although the words themselves are taken from a spatial experience. Depth is a dimension of space; yet at the same time it is a symbol for a spiritual quality. Most of our religious symbols have this character, reminding us of our finitude and our bondage to things that are visible…There is…a great wisdom in our language. It is the embodiment of innumerable experiences of the past.

“The Depth of Existence” by Paul Tillich, a meditation on the words “depth” and “deep”

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… and decided to work on human fence (havadala, « separation » in hebrew from leavdil, separate).

Living in a cloister, owning not even his own skin. (a monk own nothing none his own body)

He found cans. The only things entering in the cloister. Cans were only recipient and they were destoyed after usage. They were poors and vulnerables. It was the perfect symbol of humanity. Brother marc decided to work with that kinf of materials.

All visible things have a surface. It is the first thing which appears to us. Face, Skin, House, Cell membrane. Life is enclosed and invisible inside. We must penetrate below the surfaces in order to learn what people and things really are.

Throughout this work, brother marc critiqued the traditional monotheistic idea of God in Christianity as a being alongside the world with definable properties and visible attributes.

“ Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord,”
מִמַּעֲמַקִּים קְרָאתִיךָ יְה

Psalm 130, 1

Spiritual Cans

Then he was discoverd by Cyrille Putman and Almine Rech in 1992 and became an artist of the Gallery Froment & Putman with Fabrice Hyber, Huang Yong Ping, James Turell

The brother marc’s exhibition in 1994 was a great sucess in term of innovations and sales. Pierre Giquel (Zal) wrote the introducing text.

Coming out

After falling in love for a french public TV journalist, Didier leaved the monastery in 1995.

He steered his way career in the Internet as expert Consultant in strategy : he conceived Fnac.com and 01Net.com

By a curious coincidence, Brother Marc took his first steps as a photographer for Zodiac at Fontenay Abbey (Brother marc’s photo) where Andrée de Montgolfier, who became Madame Putman, spent his childhood. The De Montgolfier owned the Abbey.

Fontenay Abbey, brother marc photo 1990, Zodiaque, 4×5 inches contact sheet


After leaving the monastery Andrée Putman will play a decisive role for Didier .

She, whose husband Jacques lived with Bram van de Velde (whom he took out of the street) and Beckett will push Didier to carry on his « spiritual cans » creations.

Andrée Putman and Marie Pierre, Didier’s wedding, 1999 They are separated now.
Andrée Putman and Didier’s first son.

At the town hall, for Didier’s wedding, while the mayor said : « Marie-Pierre S. and Didier Long, ‘Customer Director' » in fact didier managed the conception and design of Fnac.com e-commerce site. She exclaimed in public:


 » Account Manager ? Really ? Is it a joke ? Didier is an Artist ! « 

Andrée Putman

Didier and Marie-Pierre are separated now

Big Business

Then Didier joined McKinsey for 2 years as Internet expert under Neil Janin mentorship in 2001. He worked there in Silicon Valley, NYC, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Roma, Torino, Budapest…

End 2001, he funded Euclyd, a digital native consultants strategic firm with his friend Claire Gourlier, former Mckinsey consultant. Euclyd joined Kea & Partners and became Kea-Euclyd in 2017.

During this period he continued his « spiritual cans »

Didier Long, Fabrice Hybert

Books

On the other side, during his nights Didier also wrote his life « Défense à Dieu d’entrer » with a chapter about this period with Cyrille, Andrée, Fabrice Hybert… He received the Award : « Prix Maison de la presse » :

With Denoël publisher Olivier Rubinstein, Prix des Maisons de la Presse 2015

and another literary prize decerned by Jean-Claude Brialy in Saumur : « Prix Esprit Bacchus de la ville de Saumur, l’hédonisme à la française » :

Edmonde Charles-Roux, Jean-Michel Marchand- Major of Saumur, Didier Long, Jean-Claude Brialy. 2015

Didier wrote 13 books about judeo-christianism, crypto jews and ‘marranes’ (anousim) coming from Spain in 1492 (His family is coming from Corsica). Marranes Interiority.

Back to Judaism

From 2010 to 2018 Didier Long converted to traditional judaism (Guyour) (video).
His Rav is The Great Rabbi Haïm Harboun (photo) born in 1932 in the Mellah of Marrakech.

His website : http://www.didierlong.com

Haïm Harboun Rabbi (Olivier Long’s Painting 2011)

Sacred Art

In the begining Didier Christian Sacred Art was seeking a low of the universe in the nature throw Fibonacci sequences. The Fibonacci sequence, for example, plays a vital role in phyllotaxis, which studies the arrangement of leaves, branches, flowers or seeds in plants, with the main aim of highlighting the existence of regular patterns.

Many of the ways the golden ratio (as well as its rational form, the Fibonacci sequence) appears in nature are well-known – a quick list of examples includes flower petals, seed heads, pine cones, shells, spiral galaxies, hurricanes, faces, DNA molecules and many more

Creation Tympanon. 1991. Venice Biennale 1992- Architettura e spazia sacro nella modernita, with Belgian architect Jean Cosse for buildings (colors and material study : brother marc).
Materials: Granite, colored concrete, ceramic glazed with ash, fresco, copper. Width : 4 meters, lintel weight : 4 000 kg.