Jean Pigozzi

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Jean Pigozzi (born 1952) is a businessman, art collector, philanthropist and photographer. He was born in Paris as the son of Henri Pigozzi, founder of the French car maker Simca. Pigozzi studied in Paris and at Harvard University before working for the Gaumont Film Company and 20th Century Fox. He has homes in France, Geneva, New York, and Panama. He also owns the converted luxury yacht, the Amazon Express.


In 2007, John Pigozzi created a men’s clothing and accessories line called LimoLand with the intention of designing clothing for those who “Live to Create”. He is also the creative director of the brand. Its bold, bright patterns represent the culmination of his many years collecting and creating art, working with colors and prints, and traveling the world. The brand’s logo is taken from the work of the late Tanzanian artist George Lilanga. The first freestanding store for the line opened in New York’s Meatpacking District in August 2010. LimoLand's clothing and accessories are found in stores around the world, including in Paris, London, Milan and Tokyo.


Pigozzi has over the last twenty years assembled the world’s largest collection of contemporary African art. The Contemporary African Art Collection is based in Geneva, and was presented at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, at the National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C., at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, at the Pinacoteca Giovanni and Marella Agnelli in Turin, Italy, and the Tate Modern in London. For the last three years he has been collecting contemporary Japanese art by young Japanese artists.


In 1996 he started buying land in and around Bahia Honda in Panama for conservation, and also created The LIQUID JUNGLE LAB. LJL was founded to bring high-technology to ecological research and conservation with the following partners: The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, The Royal Botanical Society in Madrid and Yale School of Forestry. The goal is to create, on the Isla Canales de Tierra, one of the most advanced field stations in the world for Marine and Botanical research.


In the early 1960s being dyslexic, Jean kept a visual journal of his friends, family and everything around him, this is still an ongoing project. His first exhibition was in 1974 at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. His photographs were recently shown in the exhibition Pigozzi and the Paparazzi at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin. His vanity show "JOHNNY STOP" opened in November 2010 at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City.

His most recent book Catalogue Deraisonne was published in 2010.


2014: My World, Jean Pigozzi, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
2013: Photographs featured in a film short directed by Brett Ratner for Vanity Fair’s 100th Anniversary.
2013: Johnny's Diary - Photographies de Jean Pigozzi, Galerie du Jour, Agnesb, Paris
2012: Unseen International Art Fair, Galerie Alex Daniels-REFLEX, Amsterdam
2012: Johnny Stop! SEM-ART Gallery, Monaco
2011: Pigozzi, STOP ! You're too close, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
2010: Clic Gallery, St. Barths
2010: Johnny Stop! Colette, Paris
2010: Johnny Stop! Gagosian Gallery, New York
2010: Rencontres d'Arles festival, France
2008: Pigozzi and the Paparazzi, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin
1991: A Short Visit to Planet Earth, Gagosian Gallery, New York
1980: Light Gallery, New York
1974: Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris

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2014: "My Friends call Me Johnny," an interview program, debuted September 3, 2014 on Esquire Network.


  • Magnin, André (October 2005). Arts of Africa: The Contemporary Collection of Jean Pigozzi. ISBN 88-7624-296-1. 
  • Magnin, André; Alison De Lima Greene; Alvia Wardlaw; Thomas McEvilley (January 2005). African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection. ISBN 1-85894-289-6. 
  • Pigozzi, Jean; Appeture (February 1991). A Short Visit to Planet Earth: Photographs. ISBN 0-89381-479-2
  • Pigozzi, Jean; Doubleday (May 1979). Pigozzi's Journal of the Seventies. Introduction by Jann Wenner. ISBN 978-0-385-15104-7
  • Pigozzi, Jean; steidldangin (July 2010). Catalogue Deraisonne ISBN 978-3-86930-034-4

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