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Jean-Pierre RAYNAUD



French contemporary art virtuoso, Jean Pierre Raynaud was born in Courbevoie in 1939 and graduated from his horticulture diploma in 1958. In 1961, He suffered a mental panic disorder because of the impact of war when he lost his father. Through it all, he became the spiritual treatment by painting and filling up the pot with cement which is founded by chance in a ware house. The pot is a symbolic objet with the implied meaning of the loss his father during the World War Ⅱ.

Raynaud’s work consists of various objects such as pots, white porcelain tiles and flags. He finds the remedy for the death and wounds caused by the war in the strength of symbolism. Furthermore, he sublimates the fear for Death in art by stating death in the symbolism. He started a project with Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Picasso which are an initial choice without critical sense. He considered two things. The first is to put the names in the situation when we usually see it like signs. At the same time, he created recognition extract of the holistic art. He also chose colors that seem to be the echo of what evokes the artist’s name.

In 1965 Raynaud made his first solo exhibition at the gallery Jean Larcade in Paris and participated in the Biennial of Sãu Paulo in Brazil in 1967. In 1986 he received the Grand Prize for Sculpture of the city of Paris. In addition, he represented France at the Venice Biennale that year and won the Medal of Honor.




1939       Born in Courbevoie, France (April 20)

1958       Diploma from the Ecole d’Horticulture

1983       Awarded the Grand Prix National de Sculpture

1985       Prix Robert Giron, Palais des Beaux Arts, Bruxelles

1986       Grand Prix de Sculpture de la ville de Paris

1993       Prix d’honneur at the Biennale de Venise Selected Exhibitions



2007       JGM Galerie, Objet Drapeau

2006       Jean-Pierre, Raynaud: Le Mastaba, un Projet pour le Monde(Jan 19-Feb 25), JGM Galerie,

             Paris, France

2005       Biennale d’Art contemporain, Sélestat, France (African Flags), Art Front Gallery, Tokyo,


             “Objet Drapeau”, Galerie G. Pieters, Knocke le Zoute, Belgiu-solo

             Inauguration of a monumental pot, “Place du pot rouge de Raynaud”, Harbin, China

1992       Sonnabend Gallery, New York-solo

             Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris-solo

             Galerie Willy d’Huysser, Bruxelles-solo

             Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan-solo

1991       Leo Castelli Gallery, New York-solo

             Retrospective(USA): The Menil Collection(Houston), The Museum of Contemporary Art

             (Chicago) and the Centre International d’Art Contemporain(Montréal)

1986       Galerie Daniel Varenne, FIAC, Paris

1985       “Noir et Blanc”, ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris-solo

             Chicago International Art Exposition, Galerie Daniel Varenne

             Monumental Sculpture created for the Fondation Catier for contemporary Art

1979       Galeries Contemporaines du Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Po-mpidou-solo

1975       “Panorama sur 12 ans”, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles-solo

1969       Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Paris-solo

             Galerie Alexandre Iolas, Paris-solo

1965       Galerie Jean Larcade, Paris-first solo exhibition

1964       Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Paris-first group exhibition




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