Meet the Board
President and Co-Founder
“The more the world is intertwined, the more we need to be aware of our cultural differences. FLAX responds to this challenge."
Sauvage first conceived FLAX in 2003, with the help of his dear friend and future FLAX co-founder Gerald du Manoir. Inspired by their love for Southern California—host to the second largest French community in the U.S.—and a strong desire to connect its cultural corridors with those of France, he envisioned FLAX as being an international cultural and philanthropic platform that would nurture French artistic talent and strengthen the shared humanistic values that have existed between the two countries for centuries. In 2006, FLAX became a reality.
Now, a decade later, FLAX continues to draw the two countries closer together through compelling collaborations with France-based artists, curators, and cultural institutions and their SoCal counterparts.
Gerald du Manoir
Secretary and Co-Founder
“Art is the most common language to share among peoples; it needs no translation, inspires all, and brings communities together."