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 but he started his career on the streets and then began studying painting in Italy, in Florence. Back in France, as a competition award winner, he set up in a workshop granted to him by the French Ministry of Culture.

From 1992 he produced highly successful site-specific artworks. To date, Guillaume Bottazzi has signed off over 50 works for public spaces. Realized in situ, indoor or outdoor, 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 the Mori Building company and the Miyanomori International Museum of Art in Japan, the William Whipple Collection and the Queen Shorough Collection in the USA, and from the French Government, the Ministry of Culture, the Société Générale, Bouygues, Vinci and other investor groups for France. He exhibited in Russia at the National Art Museum in Novosibirsk, and at the National Center of Contemporary Art in Moscow, and also collaborates witth well-known architects, like for exemple Valode & Pistre, Kanji Ueki ...

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

In 2004 Guillaume Bottazzi was artist in residence in Japan and he has spent a great deal of time in the Land of the Rising Sun.

In 2010, at the initiative of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation of History and Culture, the Tokyo National Art Center, the Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo Midtown, the Mori Building company and the Mori Art Museum, Guillaume Bottazzi created an artwork of 3m high and 33m wide in the center of Tokyo.

In 2011 the Miyanomori International Museum of Art in Japan commissioned him to create the largest painting in the country. An exhibition of Guillaume Bottazzi's work was organized at the same time. Admissions fees have been donated for the reconstruction of areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The Miyanomori International Museum of Art (MIMAS) has the largest collection of works by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Asia and Oceania. The museum collection also includes about 3000 photographs from the artist Daido Moriyama, as well as works by such artists as Lucio Fontana, Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, Lee Ufan et Guillaume Bottazzi.

In 2012, selected by the Mori Art Museum, the Mori Building company commissioned artworks from French artist Guillaume Bottazzi. They have been incorporated in the new Ark Hills Sengokuyama high-rise building in the heart of the rejuvenated Toranomon district in Tokyo.

In Japan, he works with the Itsutsuji Gallery. This major Japanese gallery has enabled him to establish his style through several artwork commissions. The Itsutsuji Gallery has introduced movements such as the Supports / Surfaces group, and artists such as Claude Viallat, Daniel Dezeuze, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, and other as Simon Hantaï and Pierre Soulages.

In 2015, a 216 m² painting became part of the artistic path of La Défense in Paris. The greatest artists, from Alexander Calder to Richard Serra, including Joan Miró and César, have made their mark on the La Défense district.

He also collaborates with Artiscope Gallery in Brussels. This major gallery in Belgium has introduced many protagonists of the arts scene from Arte Povera, such as Alighiero Boetti, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto and from Transavantgarde, such artist as Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Mimmo Paladino.

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