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Print Works Exhibition

【Jean Baptiste Valadié 】

Born in Brive-la-Gaillarde in 1933, Jean-Baptiste Valadié is a painter, sculptor, engraver, designer, lithographer and illustrator. He began training at Cours Charpentier in Montparnasse and studied applied arts for four years, he graduated in 1955. The artist always had his crayon, when he went to Place du Tertre, to sketch.

"The work of art comes into being through fantasy, dream, irrationality and sensuality", says the artist. His works offer the sweetness of dreams or a "Venetian dream", as one of the titles of his lithograph suggests. Grace suspends under his pencil's grip and highlights visual harmony. Its "laziness" attains its fulfillment and its "Harmony" opens towards infinite horizons of dreams.


Born in Saint-Cantin‭, ‬France‭; ‬Paul Guiramand has been awarded as one of the most important french artists after the World War II‭, ‬as Bernard Buffet‭. ‬In 1957‭, ‬Guiramand won the Menton Biennale and Salon des Jeunes Peintres‭. ‬He was the student of the famous‭ ‬artist Maurice Brianchon‭, ‬and traveled a lot in western Europe during his early life‭. ‬Influenced by Matisse and P‭. ‬Bonnard‭, ‬the‭ ‬creation themes of Guiramand are always related to music‭, ‬horses and flower‭. ‬With bright colors and strong brushwork‭, ‬he is good‭ ‬at describing the abstractive ambience with the figurative objet‭.

【Frédéric Menguy】

Frédéric Menguy was born in Paris on January 28, 1927. He is one of the greatest French artists today. His works, recognizable at first glance, have enchanted and amazed us for many years. Frédéric Menguy, the creator of a magical and poetic circus where musical clowns charm the flying and playful horses, takes us into a wonderful world of dreams and childhood.

“I paint what I would like to see and not what I see,” he says. With the bright and warm nuances of which he has the secret, Frédéric Menguy leads us in his wake, in pursuit of a world very far from our daily lives where beauty and poetry preside over the destinies of those, men or animals, who inhabit the artist's dreams.

【Pierre- Yves Tremois】

Trémois was born in Paris, France, in 1921. He is a sculptor and a visual artist. His works varies in media. Trémois have created plenty works of etchings, sculptures, charcoal drawings, oil paintings, ceramics, etc. He entered National School of Fine Arts in Paris, France and also the studio of the French painter Fernand Sabatté in 1938. In the year of 1943, Trémois won the Prix de Rome in Painting. In 1978, he was elected into the highest French Art Institute-Académie des Beaux-Arts for etching.


Jean Jansem was a French-Armenian painter. Known for his washy representational paintings of nude women, still lifes, and figures, Jansem painted with a variety of media that included gouache, watercolor, ink, and oil in a stylized and textural aesthetic. Born on March 9, 1920 in Bursa, Turkey, he fled his home country and Greece in his early childhood, eventually settling in Paris, where he began to paint.

Bolstered by study at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs in the 1930s, his early work was concerned with his shifting national identity and uniquely global outlook. Jansem work received critical attention throughout his career, garnering honors like induction into the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1953, knighthood by the French Legion of Honour in 2003, and reception of a Medal of Honor from the President of Armenia in 2010. He died in Paris, France on August 27, 2013.


Alain Bonnefoit French, b.1937 was a painter, engraver, and sculptor. Born in Montmartre, he studied at the École des Arts Appliqués, and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and Brussels, in the Engraving and Sculpture Department.

He spent the next several years working, traveling, and developing his artistic style. Between 1961 and 1963, he worked in the studio of sculptor Antoniucci Volti, who became his mentor. In 1964, he began creating what would become his signature figure: the female nude. In 1965, he moved to Tuscany, but kept on his studio in Paris.

【Camille HILAIRE】

Camille Hilaire was born in Metz, France. He was inspired by Albrecht Dürer in the early years. Hilaire entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1942. His work was heavily influenced by his instructor, the Cubist painter André Lhote.

Hilaire’s work features fine flexibility, which was quite different from the earlier Cubist style. He had won the Price of Venice in 1948, and the Price of the Casa de Velázquez in 1950. Hilaire’s work had been collected by Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Museum of Strasbourg, Museum of Metz, Museum of Nancy, Museum of Dunkirk.


Born in Martinique in 1934, Serge Hélénon trained at the School of Applied Arts in Fort-de-France before progressing to The School of Decorative Arts in Nice.

During the 1960s, Serge exhibited his work at the same galleries as James Coignard, Henri Goetz and Max Papart, who collectively had many highly acclaimed exhibitions on the French Riviera.


Today, Serge works mainly with his sculptural forms. One can see his own story in the fragments woven into the sculptures.

【Pierre-Marie Brisson】

Pierre Marie Brisson is a French painter whose work appropriates the forms, concepts, and imagery of art history. Spanning from prehistoric art to Rococo and Modernism, his work blur the lines of authorship and reference. Brisson describes his work as representative of the space left behind, “What’s central to my works is the shape of a person, or what’s left of that shape—for it can become something else.”

Born in June, 1955 in Orléans, France, the artist studied with the French painter Bernard Saby before moving to Paris in 1979. In Paris, he studied etching at the Pasnic Workshop. Over the years, his work has been exhibited internationally, at spaces including the Musée Faure in Aix-les-Bains and Franklin Bowles Gallery in New York. The artist currently lives and works in Paris, France.

【Jean Carzou】

Born Karnik Zouloumian, Armenian-French artist Jean Carzou created countless masterpieces throughout his long artistic career. Other than oil paintings, he also worked in illustration design and stage art.

He created the stage name Carzou from the first syllables of his given name and surname. Even though he changed his name, his heart never strayed from Armenian traditions, nor did he forget his people’s struggles. He was educated in Cairo, before going to Paris in 1924 to study architecture. After graduating, he started work as a theater decorator, but soon dedicated himself to painting.

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