Artistic Practice Department / Director of the Programme ARP

Born in Toulouse in 1952, Jean-Marc Bustamante, self-taught, has been teaching at the École since 1996. He worked as assistant to the photographer and film director William Klein, and in 1977 began executing his own large-format photographs, which he called Tableau. He went on to collaborate with Bernard Bazile under the name of BazileBustamante. These projects, essentially an exploration of pictorial codes and sign systems, established his reputation in the art world. After 1987 Bustamante pursued his career on his own, creating works with a complex vocabulary that combine processes drawn from a variety of media.
Today he is turning in the direction of painting.
Bustamante’s work has been exhibited throughout the world, notably at the Musée d’Art Moderne, the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume and the Centre National de la Photographie, all in the Paris; the Tate Gallery in London; the Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg; the Kunsthalle, Bern; the Van Abbmuseum, Eindhoven; the Renaissance Society, Chicago, and the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan. He took part in Documenta 8, 9 and 10 in Kassel and represented France at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. Personal exhibitions at the Kuntshaus in Bregenz and the Musée de Saint-Étienne in 2006.
In 2007, at the Musée de Strasbourg, Fabrice Hergott and Jean-Pierre Criqui presented an exhi-bition intitled L’Horizon chimérique with Ed Ruscha.
He served as artistic director of the Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
In 2008 he had several major simultaneous solo shows, including in Belgium at the MAC’s (Musée des Arts Contemporains), Grand Hornu, and the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. His first retrospective show in Moscow was held at the Fondation Ekaterina in 2009.
In 2011 a double exhibition of new works on plexiglass and a selection of sculptures from the 1980s and 90s was held first at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and then at the Henri Moore Foundation, Leeds.
In 2012, he produced monumental paintings for the grand salon of the Villa Medicis in Rome and presented works associated with the paintings of Pieter Saenredam.
«Actes Sud» dedicated a monography to his work.