Guillaume Bottazzi

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Guillaume Bottazzi (French, born in 1971) is a French visual artist.


Guillaume Bottazzi is a French visual artist, born in 1971. At the age of 17, he decided to become an artist as a single activity. He began to study painting in Italy. Back in France, winner of a competition, he moved in an artist studio given by French Minister of Culture. Soon he imposed himself on the art. So far, Guillaume Bottazzi has signed more than forty artworks in public space.[1] It forms part of an overall consideration, including various contextual elements. He has received orders from different foreign museums, for example from Mori Art Museum.[2]

He exhibited regularly in galleries and museums in several countries in Europe, Asia, USA, including New York City, where he settled in the 2000s. In New-York, his paintings have been displayed in the Goldstrom gallery specialized in Modern art with artist such Pablo Picasso and Jean Dubuffet. In 2004, Guillaume Bottazzi moved to Japan. It was both a culture shock and a new source of inspiration for him. In 2010, at the initiative of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation of History and Culture, the National Art Center, Tokyo, Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo Midtown, Mori Building and Mori Art Museum, Guillaume Bottazzi created an artwork of 3m high and 33m wide at Roppongi Hills, in the center of Tokyo.

Another project, realized in 2011, can be seen in Sapporo, Japan, on the facades of the Miyanomori Art Museum, MIMAS,[3][4] a work of 900 m², a jewel of Contemporary Art in Hokkaido.[5]

In 2012, following the selection of the Mori Art Museum, Mori building has commissioned art works from French artist Guillaume Bottazzi. They are incorporated into the new high-rise building Ark Hills Sengokuyama: at heart of the rejuvenated Toranomon district in Tokyo.

Still in Japan, Guillaume Bottazzi is represented by the Gallery Itsutsuji,[6] a mayor gallery in Tokyo. Gallery Itsutsuji is well known to have introduced Supports/Surfaces artists like Claude Viallat, Daniel Dezeuze, Jean-Pierre Pincemin and other artists like Simon Hantaï and Pierre Soulages.[7] His paintings are also exhibited in Artiscope Gallery,[8] a mayor gallery in Belgium. This gallery introduced Arte Povera and from Transavantgarde.[9] His works is part of different public collections as the Queen Shorough Collection and the William Whipple Collection in the United States or as the MIMAS, Miyanomori International Museum of Art Miyanomori Art Museum in Japan.[10] In 2016, Guillaume Bottazzi was invited to participate to the "Le French May" event, organized by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau.[11] This 565 square meters'exhibition took place in Hong Kong Central Library and 23 recent paintings have been showned.[12][13][14]


In Guillaume Bottazzi's works, diffuse light reflects other spaces beyond their confines, notably through successive transparent, glazed (Glaze (painting technique)) layers of painting. The loose shapes appear to be freed of the laws of weightlessness. Areas disappear into the medium, an integral part of the work, giving an impression of infinity, forming impalpable elements and ethereal shapes. Light is found within space that is uncertain, an impression that is strengthened by the abstract nature of his works. His paintings give an impression of strangeness. His works leads us, the public, to change with them, stimulating our cognitive skills and forcing us to develop our own creative perception.

Artworks in public space[edit]

Coordinated Location réalisation Image Size
45°47′06″N 4°48′36″E / 45.7850471°N 4.80997°E / 45.7850471; 4.80997 Enamels on glas, 3.55 meters x 1.20 in Lyon, France [15] 2019
4 m2 (43 sq ft)
43°24′20″N 5°03′06″E / 43.405468°N 5.051745°E / 43.405468; 5.051745 10 meters x 8 meters'painting in Martigues, France [16] 2018
80 m2 (860 sq ft)
50°50′12″N 4°22′53″E / 50.836707°N 4.381446°E / 50.836707; 4.381446 16 meters x 7 meters'painting in Place Jourdan, Brussels, Belgium [17] 2017
Bottazzi guillaume jourdan 2017 1.jpg
112 m2 (1,210 sq ft)
48°53′25″N 2°14′52″E / 48.890278°N 2.247778°E / 48.890278; 2.247778 Paris La Défense, artistic path of La Défense [18] 2014
Bottazzi paris la defense public art.jpg
216 m2 (2,330 sq ft)
43°11′45″N 5°37′03″E / 43.19592°N 5.61746°E / 43.19592; 5.61746 La Ciotat in the context of "Marseille Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture" [19][20] 2013
Bottazzi guillaume art public mp2013 6x6m.jpg
50 m2 (540 sq ft)
Tokyo[21] Organized by: Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation of History and Culture, the National Art Center, Tokyo, Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo Midtown, Mori Building and Mori Art Museum. 2012
Guillaume Bottazzi Tokyo.jpg
99 m2 (1,070 sq ft)
43°03′26″N 141°18′09″E / 43.05734°N 141.30247°E / 43.05734; 141.30247 Miyanomori Art Museum, Sapporo[22] 2011 / 2012
Bottazzi and Miyanomori.jpg
900 m2 (9,700 sq ft)
43°42′20″N 7°15′34″E / 43.70559°N 7.25932°E / 43.70559; 7.25932 Nice 2011 200 m2 (2,200 sq ft)
45°46′05″N 4°52′48″E / 45.76808°N 4.88012°E / 45.76808; 4.88012 Villeurbanne 2010
Guillaume Bottazzi's artwork on a skyscaper.jpg
16 m2 (170 sq ft)



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