Bottazzi Guillaume 2017Biography

Guillaume Bottazzi is a French visual artist, born in 1971. His workshops in France and Belgium have been set up since 2012.

At the age of 17 he decided to become an artist and to make this his sole activity. He began by studying painting in Italy, in Florence. Back in France, as a competition award winner, he set up in a workshop that was granted to him by the French Ministry of Culture.

He very quickly made his mark on the artistic scene and his career became international. From 1992 he produced highly successful site-specific works. To date, Guillaume Bottazzi has signed off over 40 works for public spaces. They are the fruit of a global reflection integrating a variety of parameters, particularly contextual parameters.

He has received private and public commissions from museums, cities, ministries, investors and collectors, such as Mori and the Miyanomori International Museum of Art in Japan, the William Whipple Collection and the Queen Shorough Collection in the USA, and from the Ministry of Culture, the Société Générale and Bouygues in France.

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He has developed his work in several countries, especially in Europe, Asia and the United States. He worked in New York during the decade of the 2000s. In New York his works have been shown by the Goldstrom gallery and the Annex Gallery.

In 2004 Guillaume Bottazzi was artist in residence in Japan and spent a great deal of time in the Land of the Rising Sun. Japan was a culture shock for him and a new source of inspiration.

In 2011 the Miyanomori International Museum of Art in Japan commissioned him to create the largest painting in the country. A permanent artwork of 900 m², a jewel of contemporary art on the island of Hokkaido. An exhibition of Guillaume Bottazzi was organized in the same time. Admissions fees have been given for the reconstruction of affected areas from the earthquake.

Still in Japan, he works with the Galerie Itsutsuji. This major Japanese gallery has enabled him to establish his style through several artwork commissions. The Gallery Itsutsuji has introduced movements like the Supports / Surfaces group and artists such as Simon Hantaï and Pierre Soulages.

His works are also shown by the Artiscope Gallery in Brussels. This major gallery in Belgium has introduced many protagonists of the Italian arts scene such as the Arte Povera and Transavantgarde artists.

He has also received commissions from the European countries and China, where he was a guest of “French May” in Hong Kong in 2016. He created his most recent work in a public space in Belgium, in Brussels, with the partnership of European Commission in Belgium; a painting 16 metres high that now forms part of the heritage of Brussels-Capital.