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Alain Bonnefoit: Nudes

GALLERIA CA' D'ORO. May 20, 2023 – June 7th 2023. 179 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Alain Bonnefoit (French, b.1937) was a painter, engraver, and sculptor. Born in Montmartre, he studied at the École des Arts Appliqués, and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and Brussels, in the Engraving and Sculpture Department.


He spent the next several years working, traveling, and developing his artistic style. Between 1961 and 1963, he worked in the studio of sculptor Antoniucci Volti, who became his mentor. In 1964, he began creating what would become his signature figure: the female nude. In 1965, he moved to Tuscany, but kept on his studio in Paris. In 1973, he made his first trip to Japan, where he discovered and studied the technique of sumi-e. He made repeated visits to the East for further in-depth study, and is now a master of the technique.


Over the course of his 40-year career, Bonnefoit has experimented with the most varied means of expression: mixed techniques on canvas, oil painting, original lithography and engraving, sumi-e, and sculpture. 


Since the end of the 1980s, he has held important exhibitions in Paris, Vichy, Toulouse, Le Havre, Bièvre, Metz, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Milan, Siena, Lille, and Grenoble, among others. Continuing into the 1990s, he experienced critical and commercial success, with shows in Tokyo, Rome, Paris, Osaka, Orléans, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Florence, Cannes, Brussels, Kyoto, Lyon, Bordeaux, Seoul, Tahiti, New York, Kwangju, and Napoli. He currently divides his time between France and Italy.

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