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His paintings were fought over by experts and politicians, who wanted to bang them in their living rooms. His work hong at the u Georges V palace in Paris for nine years, with a permanent exhibition of 40 canvases that were replaced as hotel residents snapped them up. Boucheix bas exhibited in many, many countries, totaling 32: in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and India. And the list of cities in which he bas exhibited is mind boggling: Dubai, Jiddah Bahrain, Luxembourg, Milan, Berlin, Geneva, Montreux, Tokyo, New Delhi, Nice, Cannes, New York, Zurich, Basel and more. To date, over 4 000 of his paintings have been purchased by collectors from around the world. In 1990, on the advice of his friend César, he decided to try his hand at sculpture. He was immediately attracted to bronze, composing over 70 models that have also been sold worldwide and have become so ramous that they are subject to illegal copying! During his conversations with Dali, he was struck by one of the great master's comments: "A painter is Only truly known before his death if he opens his own museum." So, at the age of 77, in memory of Dali, François Boucheix inaugurated his museum, in the Auvergne city of Vichy, in a classic Napoléon III building located on rue St Sornin, the former home of the Alhambra music hall. Open since 2007, the museum is open du ring the tourist season, and has become a huge success and a must for visitors to France. What is an authentic artist? It's someone who pushes his or her art until death and who is inhabited by his or her creation. Throughout his life François Boucheix was awarded numerous painting prizes, and was decorated with many of them gold. He received: La Palette d'Or du Commerce International A Leonard de Vinci gold medal La Palette d'Or des Arts He is renowned worldwide and could afford to retire from painting. However, he says he needs to head to his studio every day, to "keep his paintbrushes from getting cold". He knows that his future bas been drawn for him and that be will continue to work until that line comes to an end. Painting is his life, painting is his happiness. He wants to dedicate his final years to his work in his much-loved Auvergne, in the heart of France, far from the hustle and bustle of city life, under the vast blue sky edged by the smooth curving lines of the ancient volcanoes, and to savor time as it is marked by the dock tower of a pale granite roman church. He seeks to extract the world's beauty and distill it in the magic of his dreams. Because he realizes that he is the last living surrealist and is the guardian of this secret, a secret that we would be wise to qualify as Art. Boucheix's Art Although primarily figurative, François Boucheix's surrealist paintings inevitably evoke fireworks: the designs are projected onto the canvas, in something that resembles an explosion, often accompanied by powerful contrasts. · The composition adds to this effect, shattering the shapes' tones, and, in the end, even logic in order to create something that cannot be grasped at first glance. The apparent simplicity of his technical choices or stylized designs fades into the background and makes us forget his patient composition work. The delicate balance between movement and the static, and between the soft and the deep, also add complexity to the work, and thereby to the artist's message. The result is immediately recognizable. And that is the unmistakable mark of a great style.
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Biography of François Boucheix Surrealist painter François Boucheix was born on January 7, 1940, in the village of Montcheneix, nestled in the Monts d'Auvergne in central France. The son of a long tine of poor farmers, he was just 15 years old when his father passed away, forcing young François to go to work to support himself and his family. Who can explain what would lead this young man to paint with such irrepressible inspiration, until late into the night even after a full day's work: Was he expressing the pain of mourning? Was it predestination in a young man who bad never visited a museum or even opened an art book? He learned painting through the people he met and the advice they gave him. But above all, his hard work to learn on his own led him to create. And that effort paid off with his first exhibit in February 1960 in Tunisia, followed by many others in France: in Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Courchevel and other cities. In 1964, Parisian art merchant Bernard Bessaïche signed a five-year exclusive contract with him, so amazed was he by this unusual career path and by the work produced by a modern painter blessed with a vision and a coherent universe, despite hailing from the Auvergne mountains! in 1965, Boucheix exhibited alongside Dali, Messonnier and many other ramous painters. His pictorial style combined almost definitively the fantastically stimulating style of other Parisian artists du ring the "Thirty Glorious Years", a period known for its ambient creativity. He rejected what he called '"sad surrealism', that powerful mix of horror, fanaticism and gutter subconscious promoted by Breton", instead opening the way to a dreamlike and colorful surrealism. His work was an instant success. In 1966, Paris's high society flocked to adopt Boucheix. Princess Yasmine d'Ouezan would become a dear friend, offering him her support over the course of 40 years. Suzanne Bertillon, Foujita's companion and a friend of Zadkine, would spent her summers at the painter's home in Royat, a frequent meeting place for celebrities and collectors. François Boucheix painted relentlessly from 1970 to 1988, experimenting, searching and filling sketchbooks, while exhibiting at some of Paris's finest galleries, from A venue Matignon, to Faubourg Saint-Honoré, A venue Georges V and the Champs-Elysées. Retrospective: 1964 to 1970: Galerie de Sèvres 1972: Galerie G. Joubert, Faubourg St Honoré 1973: Galerie G. Joubert, Faubourg St Honoré 1974: Galerie Matignon, 34 Avenue Matignon 1975: Galerie Matignon, 34 Avenue Matignon 1976: Galerie Laurens, Avenue Matignon 1977 to 1984, exclusively with Galerie Guigné, 89 Faubourg St Honoré, Paris Vlll 1977: Retrospective at the Grand Casino in Vichy 1977 to 1989, Galerie Guigné, 89 Faubourg St Honoré, Paris Vlll 1990: Galerie Bernheim, 89 Faubourg St Honoré, Paris Vlll 1994 to 1996, Cour des Antiquaires, 89 Faubourg St Honoré, Paris Vlll
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