Jean-Marc Bustamante

Biography of Jean-Marc Bustamante

Jean-Marc Bustamante (born 1952 in Toulouse, FR) is a French artist, photographer, and sculptor. His work is marked by an enigmatic, minimalist formalism. This may seem to keep the viewer at a distance, however there is a seductive element to his works. Bustamante's ambivalent aesthetic stems from his desire to create a link between figuration and abstraction, the geometrical and the organic, industrial perfection and manual insufficiency. Bustamante is known for his multidisciplinary approach and his ability to reinvent mediums; often crossing from photography or drawing to painting or intermixing sculpture with other mediums. He is particularly notable for being one of the first to blur the boundaries between painting and photography.


Jean-Marc Bustamante artistic development has been manifold, having studied photography with French artist Denis Brihat, and later becoming the assistant of William Klein. Moreover, between 1983 and 1987 he went on to work in collaboration with Bernard Bazile, creating design-like sculpture, under the name BazileBustamante. Notable series include Tableaux, 1978-1982 and Something is Missing, 1995.The artist represented France at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and participated in documenta 8, 9, and 10. He lives and works in Paris.

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