Guillaume Bottazzi is a French visual artist, born in 1971. His workshop in Brussels has been set up since 2012. At the age of 17 he decided to become an artist and to make this his sole activity but his beginnings started with life 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 more than 65 art works for public spaces. His environmental works, 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 Co. Ltd 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, Eiffage, Vinci and other investor groups for France. Guillaume Bottazzi participates in exhibitions in Russia, for the National Art Museum in Novosibirsk and for the National Center of Contemporary Art in Moscow and also collaborates with well-known architects, like for exemple Valode & Pistre, Kanji Ueki, Tom Sheehan …
Guillaume 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 abstract artwork of 100 square meters 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 on the museum. 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 and Guillaume Bottazzi.
In 2012, selected by the Mori Art Museum, the Mori Building company commissioned artworks from the 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.
Guillaume Bottazzi was invited to take part in the Marseille Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture year events. The artist produced an artwork 36 m². 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 565 square meters space, this exhibition participates to one of the largest cultural events in Asia. that reach out over 1 million visitors each year. In a public space in Brussels, with the city and the European Commission, he created a painting 16 metres high that now forms part of the heritage of Brussels-Capital.
Guillaume Bottazzi is also the author of the first educational book to explain modern and contemporary art movements to 7 – 12 year-old children. This publication is intended as an educational aid.
Those who have spent even a short time with Guillaume Bottazzi will have encountered his subtle medley of determination and sensitivity. He does not talk about his art like a journey that can be summed up or like a career, but rather like a gesture, one that nourishes...
Guillaume Bottazzi, a French visual artist born in 1971, has become well-known for his many monumental “wall paintings”. Already greatly appreciated in Japan for a giant 900 m² painting produced in 2011 on the facade of the Sapporo museum (the Miyanomori International...
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When you look at a painting by Guillaume Bottazzi, the first things you notice are the mysterious, moving forms. The shapes, bulbous and elastic, appear to float and expand in space. The imbalance between their soft lightness and dense mass and the deliberately skewed...
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