Artistic Practice Department
“In accordance with the same protocol since 1984, each painting, whatever its ‘manner,’ explores and examines the concepts that the painting elicits.”
Born in 1955 in Saint-Étienne, Bernard Piffaretti lives and works in Paris; he has been teaching at the École since 1994.
Since 1980 he has had a number of individual shows in galleries and museums in France and abroad and has taken part in numerous collective exhibitions.
In 2006 he took part in several collective shows, including at the Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris; the Château de Tanlay; the FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon; as well as in La Force de l’Art at the Grand Palais, Paris. The Galerie Beaumont public held a one-man show of his work.
In 2007 he took part in the hommage to Jean Fournier at the Musée Fabre, Montpellier, and had two personal shows: the Center d’Art Contemporain, Sète, and MAMCO, Geneva, offered him the opportunity to show a wide range of his work.
In 2008 he had solo shows at the Musée Matisse in Cateau-Cambrésis and the Nicolas Krupp gallery in Basel.
In 2009 his paintings have been included in the exhibition Considérations inactuelles at the Domaine de Kerguéhennec; the Musée d’Art Moderne of Saint-Etienne is holding a one-man show entitled On inachève bien les tableaux.
In 2010 his work was presented at the Portique, Le Havre, at the Miquel Alsueta Gallery in Barcelona, the CHIEM and READ Gallery in New York, and the FRAC, Haute-Normandie.
2011 has marked the start of his collaboration with the Frank Elbaz gallery, which held two exhibitions of his work in Paris and one in Amsterdam.
In 2012, his work was shown, through Frank Elbaz gallery, in Frieze New York, Frieze London and the FIAC in Paris. In 2013, the Cherry and Martin gallery will organize an exhibition of his work in Los Angeles.
In 2008 the Presses du Réel and the MAMCO in Geneva published an anthology entitled Si vous avez manqué la première partie ... —, Fortune critique, écrits et entretiens 1982-2007.
In 2011: AVANT/POST, a work covering paintings and derivative products, 2007-2010, essay by Marie Muracciole.