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.

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.

He very quickly made his mark on the artistic scene and his career took off  internationally. From 1992 he produced highly successful site-specific artworks. 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 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 and Eiffage 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 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. Japan was a culture shock for him and a new source of inspiration.

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 at Roppongi Hills, 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, a permanent artwork of 900 m². 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.

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 Galerie Itsutsuji. This major Japanese gallery has enabled him to establish his style through several artwork commissions. The Gallery Itsutsuji has introduced movements such as the Supports / Surfaces group and artists such 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. At present there are 70 monumental works, making this the largest open-air contemporary art space in France.

He also collaborates with Artiscope Gallery in Brussels. This major gallery in Belgium has introduced many protagonists of the arts scene such as Arte Povera and Transavantgarde artists.

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.