Nicolas Buffe

France 1978

Nicolas Buffe
Nicolas Buffe
April 18, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

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up watching Space Sheriff Gavan  and other live-action special-effects programs, not knowing at the time that they were originally made in Japan.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Nicolas Buffe’s work is navigation inside an anachronical network of cultural and historical references drawn from both classical culture and pop culture, especially the one that has influenced his childhood.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).

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Polifilo’s dreamHara Museum of Contemporary Art, TokyoSolo
2014Black and WhiteGalerie Magda Danysz, ParisGroup
2013CNCDicream, project funding grant for « Locus Terribilis »Group
2013Mineral DesignLieu du Design, Paris, FranceGroup
2013RévélationsGrand Palais, ParisGroup
2013Side CoreStreets of TokyoGroup
2013Geidai Doctoral ExhibitionFine Arts Museum,Geidai, Tokyo Group
2012MargesGalerie Schirman & de Beaucé, ParisSolo
2012Best Scenic Design of the year for Orlando PaladinoFrench critics associationGroup
2012FNAGPProject funding grant for « Super Polifilo »Group
2012Licornes et bestes étranges...Felletin, FranceGroup
2012XYZMegumi Ogita Gallery, TokyoGroup
2011La Peau de LicorneCité Internationale de la Tapisserie, AubussonSolo
2011 Parcours St-GermainParisGroup
2011Geidai Sentan Master ExhibitionYokohama, JapanGroup
2010La TourMegumi Ogita Gallery, TokyoSolo
20101st prize of the Call for contemporary creation project of the Cité Internationale de la TapisserieAubusson, FranceGroup
2010Pac-Man 80’s to 10’s Game & CultureArts Chiyoda 3331, TokyoGroup
2010Circuit céramique : Contemporary French Ceramic SceneLes Arts Décoratifs, ParisGroup
2010Fake!Alost Museum, BelgiumGroup
2010Confrontation/CéramiqueAngoulème Museum, FranceGroup
2010FIACGalerie Schirman & de Beauce, ParisGroup
2010VoltaGalerie Schirman & de BeauceGroup
2009Mutations merveilleuses de divers trucsGalerie Schirman & de BeaucéSolo
2009Games of Love and Chance,Envoy Gallery & SdB, New-YorkSolo
2009Project « Pulcino »SAM art projectsGroup
2009No Man’s LandFrench Embassy in Japan, TokyoGroup
2009Play TimeParcours Saint GermainGroup
2009Contemporary Drawing FairGalerie Schirman & de Beaucé, ParisGroup
2008Finalist, Le Meurice pour l’Art Contemporain prize, ParisParisGroup
2008Roof GardensMuseum of Contemporary Art, TokyoGroup
2008Il était une fois...Parcours Saint Germain, ParisGroup
2008Contemporary Drawing Fair Galerie Schirman & de Beaucé, ParisGroup
2007StudioloLe vestibule, La Maison Rouge, ParisSolo
2007HypnerotomachiesGalerie Schirman & de Beaucé, ParisSolo
2007Crepusolo della MatinaChapelle des Calvairiennes, MayenneSolo
2007Nuit BlancheMayenne Ville, le KiosqueGroup
2007Slick art fairGalerie Schirman & de Beaucé, ParisGroup
2007Visites dessinéesMusée National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), ParisGroup
2006Slick art fairGalerie Schirman & de Beaucé, ParisGroup
2006Montrouge contemporary art salonMontrougeGroup
2006Drawing fairPalais de La Bourse, ParisGroup
2006Colocoloc bi-goûtEnsba, ParisGroup
2005Exposition n°2Schirman & de Beaucé, ParisGroup
2005Exposition n°1Schirman & de Beaucé, ParisGroup