Autoportait en Rouge et Gris, 46x38 cm, 2009, oil on canevas
French artist, painter and designer, Claude-Max Lochu was born in 1951 in Delle in Territoire de Belfort, Franche-Comté and completed his degree at the École des Beaux-Arts of Besançon. Lochu was exhibited in the Museum of Fine Arts, Dole, and is now exhibited permanently in Faure Museum as well as in 2 galleries in Paris and Lyon.
Claude-Max Lochu completed his National Diploma of Painting at Art School in Besançon in 1975 and first exhibited his works in 1976 in Rabat and Tanger, Morocco. In 1979, he set up in Paris and exhibited his work at the Montrouge Contemporary Art Show in 1981 and 1982. While visiting Japan in 1982, he studied the Sumi-é, an ink painting technique, with the Japanese painter Shiko Itoh. As Bashō, he will turn his travels into a source of inspiration. These travel paintings will lead to the Houses of the Sky, studies on reliefs of the city of Paris, Rome, Lisbon, and Amsterdam, London, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Berlin. Lochu was exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Dole in 1985.
Claude-Max Lochu also works on still life, interiors, landscapes of south of Europe, such as Mont Ventoux and Sorgue in Luberon, Aix-les-Bains, Valley Di Cecina and Volterra, where he looks for poetry rather than the representation. In addition to his works at the Artima gallery in Paris, Lochu exhibited at Faure Museum of Aix-les-Bains. Since 2001, he has held personal exhibitions at the Accademia libera natura e cultura in Querceto in Italia. Since 2006, he has participated in the Peace and Light Festival for the project of Temple for Peace to be built by the Vajradhara-Ling Center in Normandy with a view to promoting world peace.
In 2000 at Faure Museum, he exhibited Aix les Bains depuis le Boulevard des Anglais, a painting that he performed on his first visit at Aix-les-Bains which is now exposed in the entrance of the museum. It represents an overview of the city and landscape. In 2012, his portrait of Auguste Rodin is added to the collections of the museum.
- Catalogue of exhibition of Claude-Max Lochu, 1985, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dole
- Illustrations of La Princesse qui aimait les chenilles by René de Ceccatty in collaboration with Ryôji Nakamura, 1987, éditions Hatier, ISBN 2218078589
- Claude Max Lochu : exposition, Aix-les-Bains, Musée Faure, 7 avril-15 mai 2000, éditeur Aix-les-Bains : Musée Faure, 2000, ISBN 2908214075
- Claude-Max Lochu: Pour solde de tout compte : expositions, Musée Faure, Aix-les-Bains, 7 avril-17 juin 2012 et Musée des beaux-arts, Gaillac, 1er trimestre 2013, éditeur Musée Faure, 2012, ISBN 2357570229
- Allocution de Georges SARRE, Exposition ADORIAN/LOCHU, 30 mars 2004 at the Wayback Machine (archived November 18, 2006)
- CONSERVATION DÉPARTEMENTALE DES MUSÉES DES BEAUX-ARTSDU JURA
- Accademia libera natura e cultura, Querceto Percorsi, Éditeur Spirito Libero Publinship, 2010, ISBN 88-96512-05-0, ISBN 978-88-96512-05-0
- Festival Paix et Lumière Archived 2010-12-27 at the Wayback Machine.
- La face cachée du Musée Faure !, January 2006
- La Poésie des Apparences par Claude Max Lochu, mai 2012
- Les lithographies de l'Atelier Pons
- Biographie, website of Claude-Max Lochu
- “Pour solde de tout compte” ou la renaissance du thème, Le Dauphiné libéré, April 28, 2012
- Gaillac. Claude-Max Lochu aux Beaux-Arts, La Dépêche du Midi, February 9, 2013
- Prendre les chemins de traverse, L'Est Républicain, July 11, 2013
- Exposition. Avec Lochu, la poésie s'invite au musée Peugeot, Le Pays, July 16, 2013
- Pays des Impressionnistes , on YouTube Video, January 26, 2014
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