International Art Gallery Opens Contemporary Art Exhibit by French and Italian Artists 

Featuring Sculptures by Life-Long Collector and Sculptor Peppone 

Bel-Air Fine Art will host a grand opening on April 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Bel-Air Fine Art on Lincoln Road is excited to announce the opening of its new contemporary art exhibit, #ThePopCollection, featuring the work of French artists Peppone, Fabien Novarino and Auguste, and Italian painter Leo Manelli. The gallery exhibit is on the promenade now through the end of May. Bel-Air Fine Art will host a media and VIP grand opening on April 4, 2024 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Known as one of the leading contemporary art gallery groups in Europe, Bel-Air Fine Art opened its first U.S. location in Miami in the Design District in 2018, followed by a pop-up gallery on Lincoln Road in March 2024. Its owners, father and son duo François and Grégory Chabanian, present a rich selection of internationally acclaimed and emerging contemporary artists from various artist movements. In Miami, they’ve recently chosen to focus on French sculptor Peppone, the rising pop art artist whose artworks bring to life childhood moments and heartwarming emotions. 

Peppone, also known as Christophe Tixier, draws inspiration for his art from his vast collection of diverse objects and ephemera which includes nearly 500 comic books. His signature sculptures and paintings feature some of the most recognizable figures in the world of animation and pop culture, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Snoopy, Hulk and Popeye, or reference classic films, such as “Pulp Fiction” and “Jaws.” 

Peppone’s parents, both of whom were teachers, instilled in him the belief that sharing is one of life’s greatest riches. His first comic books were given to him by his father, and he subsequently enriched his collection by frequenting flea markets, attending auctions at municipal libraries, and through the generosity of friends and strangers alike. The artist utilizes this abundance of paper to create brightly colored and variegated resin forms imbued with popular symbolism that evoke the innocence of childhood and his native territory. Some of Peppone’s pieces on display in #ThePopCollection includes paintings and sculptures that draw inspiration from the worlds of Tintin, Star Wars, Marvel, and Walt Disney.

Peppone has often stated that humans are the only living beings aware of their own mortality and that, in order to escape it, they reproduce, communicate, and dream, thereby creating a cyclical link between the past, present, and future. It is by carving into this abundance of paper that Peppone breathes life into his works, thus establishing an emotional connection with his father and perpetuating his legacy.

Bel-Air Fine Art is located at 442 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. For more information on #ThePopCollection, visit 

About Bel-Air Fine Art
Founded in 2004, Bel-Air Fine Art is now established as one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Europe. Since the opening of a first gallery in Geneva in 2004, the group has settled in the most prestigious locations in Europe, including Switzerland, Paris, London, Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Venice, Brussels and more. The brand’s Miami location marks its first gallery in North America. For more information, visit or follow on Instagram @belairfineart.

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