Raphaël Bouyer was born in Montauban (France) in 1991. As soon as 16 years old, he studies painting by Jeremy Annett's side in Toulouse, then drawing at Catherine Escudié's studio. He obtains his high school diploma (distinction Plastic arts), then undertakes higher education in Art. Disappointed by what he judges to be a ghettoisation of painting in teaching circles in contemporary Art, he chooses at the end of 2012 to follow his own way. He lives and works in Toulouse(France).
My work continues, series after series, painting after painting, like an obsessive litany on the theme of the fragility of nature in the face of man, and human fragility in the face of its environmental and social condition... The relationship between nature and culture, the Anthropocene, the anxiety-inducing world, the environmental and societal issues, all of this is expressed in my work in a mainly narrative mode, and this since my beginnings as a professional artist in 2012.
The idealized and serene staging of my paintings is of course deceptive. The search for beauty and graphic harmony is a pretense, masking heavy issues.
And the eventual presence of human characters upsets the canvas, breaking a serenity, deconstructing an atmosphere by introducing an ambiguity, a questioning.
I work in mixed techniques on canvas, with a base of oil paint, and additions of Indian ink, felt pen and marker. Very inspired for some time by David Hockney, among other contemporary masters, I do not deny my fascination for Asian graphic arts and the great Japanese masters Hokusai or Hiroshige.
"...Not distant from a "New objectivity" or "Narrative figuration" reappropriated, the political aspect less, the work of Raphaël rings in a singular way as the construction of a derisory epic, a humanist look put on "the man confronted with his lost humanity". Echoing with the existential issues of our time, Raphaël speaks to us about him, about us, through his characters, that he stripps, all through the course of his series. "P.K.
" The omnipresent ideal representation in his work of the world he lives in through glorified or serene landscapes and backgrounds, is constantly impeded and even in conflict with the reality of an era he considers to be ugly, aggressive, and without ideal.... "BB
"The artist "stages" his paintings like others direct a play or a movie..."BB
"Raphaël Bouyer pictures in his work a visual universe of unique esthetics, which exploits the imaginary consequences of the current imbalance between nature and culture. The artist so succeeds in creating a striking iconography, which grows to an individual and societal questioning." AT
EXHIBITIONS and awards
- 2022, Art residency, Montirat (France), invited by the "Extraordinaire" society.
- 2020, group show "Them'Art", at La Garde (Toulon), France.
- 2019, group show "Verba volant, scripta Manet", at Molo Brin Museum, Olbia (Italy)
- 2019, Awarded the Special Prize "Manet exhibition" at Premio Marchionni Art Prize (Italy).
-2018, solo exhibition " Les divergents" at Galerie Marielle Bouchard (Grenoble, France).
-2017, group show at Galerie Marielle Bouchard (Grenoble, France).
-2017, Awarded at Premio Marchionni Art Prize and group exhibition Feria Arte Mercato, Villacidro (Italy).
-2017, Premio Marchionni itinerant group exhibition at Milano, Bologna and Urbino (Italy).
-2016, MacParis Art fair (Paris).
-2016, group exhibition " Grand Prix Bernard Magrez for contemporary art" to the Cultural Institute Bernard Magrez ( Bordeaux, France ).
-2016, group exhibition "Summer camp", 18bis Gallery, Paris
-2015, group exhibition France / china Art Center Nyoguan in Chengdu ( China).
-2015, Awarded at Art competition and group exhibition Young Talents "Arbustes" (Mantes la Jolie, France).
-2015, group exhibition Parisartistes ( Paris)
-2015, group exhibition "Salon d'Automne de Paris" Art fair (Champs-Elysées, Paris).
-2014, group exhibition "Remp' arts" art fair (Bayonne, France).
-2014, group exhibition "Salon d'automne de Colomiers" Art fair (Toulouse, France).
-2013, group exhibition "Artoulouse" Art fair (art competition and exhibition).Awarded
Press and catalogues
-Exhibition catalogue "Image and imagination", China-France 2015 in Chengdu (China).
-Exhibition catalogue "Salon d'Automne de Paris" 2015
-Exhibition catalogue "ParisArtistes" 2015
-Exhibition catalogue "Summer camp", summer 2016, Galerie le 18bis (Paris).
-Exhibition catalogue "Macparis Art fair" 2016.
-Exhibition catalogue "Premio Marchionni" 2017 (Italy).
- "Artension" (art magazine) march/april 2017 .
- "Art dans l'air" (art magazine) march/april 2017.
-Web magazine "Le Petit Bulletin", march 2018:
-Web magazine C2, march 2018:
-Newspaper "Var Matin", feb 9th 2020: