Born in Paris in 1978, Nicolas Buffe grew up watching Space Sheriff Gavan and other live-action special-effects programs, not knowing at the time that they were originally made in Japan. This fact would later spark an intense interest in the country that led him to study the language and culture, and to subsequently move to Tokyo where he is currently based.
For Buffe, love and aspiration, struggle and victory, life and death are universal themes that lie at heart not only of classical European art, but of Japanese anime, manga and live-action superhero programs as well.
In Buffe recent doctoral thesis , he identifies diversity, cultural wandering and connections as the three main themes of his work, characteristics that distinguish art of the Altermodern era as defined by Nicolas Bourriaud, curator and director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts.
Nicolas Buffe’s work is navigation inside an anachronical network of cultural and historical references drawn from both classical culture and pop culture, especially the one that has influenced his childhood. He taps into a wide range of cultural material such as Renaissance grotesques with their taste for bizarre assemblies, Baroque ornament, American cartoons, anime, games and Japanese manga. In the manner of a serious game that amuses and questions alternately, his artistic world claims to be accessible to both younger and scholars audiences. Intended as multifaceted, anachronistic and Creole, his work is an attempt to create plastic itineraries that resonate with the complexity of our globalized era.
Nicolas Buffe has graduated from Applied Arts – Olivier Serres (2000 – architectural environment), the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (DNSAP in 2005 – drawing prize in 2002), and Inalco (Langues’O, 2007 – Licence in Japanese language and civilization), the Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku) (2011, Master, Inter Media Art).