been painting as long as I can remember. As a child I played
artist, like I played Elvis with a make-believe guitar or cowboys with
a make-believe gun.
I would transform my blackboard into an easel and
dress up in a big white smock and bowler hat with a musketeer's plume,
brandishing my paintbrush like a sword - These were small hidden joys
of my childhood.
My departure from Saumur
(Maine et Loire) led me very quickly on the road to Paris where, in 1966, I was found on the Left Bank with the Beatniks and sent
back home. Never having taken "no" for an answer, I finally
made it to Avignon in the summer of 1968, where I met and toured with Julian Beck's Living Theater, making a living on the side doing chalk
drawings in public squares.
I was later lent a house in the artists' village of Daya on the island
of Majorca, which I transformed into a "studio show". During
an exhibition I sold all of my artwork which allowed me to travel to Ibiza,
Upon my return to Paris, I came across friends who were on their way
to shoot a film in Spain. Among them was an acquaintance from the Living
Theater, one of Dali's ex-models. Thanks to him,
Dali helped us survive with
a daily supply of olive oil and bread in the hills of Cadaques on a big
abandoned farm, where I never stopped doing pastels and surrealistic collages.
Underground films and spontaneous exhibitions were followed by more traveling:
Italy, Greece, Turkey, Amsterdam, Berlin, Thailand.
It was in 1980 that
I met Sharon, my soulmate, and began making assemblages
with found objects which would lead me to the zen puzzles on canvas and
paper that I do today.
During our stay in Florida, we discovered that we were neighbors of one
of the great figures of pop art, James Rosenquist. After
two years of creative activity in the Sunshine State, we left to open a gallery in Mexico, a project gone astray,
and thus returned to France.
"As some look for a land of political asylum,
I am in search of a land of poetic refuge."
BO BREGUET has participated in
nearly a hundred personal and collective gallery
exhibitions, art fairs and festivals in Paris at the Grand Palais, Florida, Puerto Vallarta
and Acapulco, Mexico, and the south of France: Nice, Vence, Beaulieu-sur-Mer,
Cagnes-sur-Mer and Monte Carlo.
His prizes include :
Prize for Research,
Lutèce Academy - Paris
Prize of Excellence,
Pasco Festival of Fine Arts - Florida
First Prize - the
Festival of the Arts in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France
Mediterranean Union for Modern Art, founded by Matisse and
Bonnard in 1946) Nice
Gustav Mossa Prize
(Mention) Nice, France
Record Cover Artist, St. Louis Music Festival - St. Louis,
His collectors are international: from Paris to Marseille and throughout
France, the Netherlands and on to Chicago, New Jersey, Florida, Nashville,
Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Vancouver
Theres even a BO in BO (thats Bolinas, California).
Charitable contributions are also to his credit, notably an exhibition
and auction by Christies, Amsterdam, organized by ECHO (the European
Community Humanitarian Office) and the Netherlands Red Cross, presided
over by Emma Bonino (European Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs) and
HRH Princess Margriet. For the event, BOs painting was chosen for
the catalogue cover.