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Guy Buffet's life began in Paris, a city vibrant
in color and expression. Novice sketches by Buffet were fashioned
primarily on napkins and linen tablecloths. Later, on his
twelfth birthday, he received his first box of paints, an easel
and canvases. By age fourteen, Buffet had left public school
to enroll in the Beaux Arts de Toulon. Nurtured amidst an atmosphere
that had once been shared with such artistic figures as Chagall,
Matisse, Piscasso and Toulouse Lautrec, Buffet soon discovered
the avenues of expression that awaited him.
Buffet's eventual path in life brought him
to the French Navy. There, he was commissioned as a military
artist whereby he documented voyages. Aboard ship, was his first
encounter with the Hawaiian Islands and the splendor of the tropics.
His captivation with this world remained, thus initiating his
division of time between Maui, Hawaii and Paris, France.
Exemplifying a myriad of talents, Buffet was
soon discovered by the prominent Cooke family Later, they invited
him to return to Hawaii, offering him both living and studio
space upon his naval discharge. The Hawaii State Foundation commissioned
Buffet to create a series of twelve paintings with the general
theme of "Hawaii's Forgotten People and Places."
Buffet later received considerable notoriety
as the guest of the Peking Arts and Crafts Council. Invited there
to depict his view of China, he in turn-produced paintings unlike
anything the Chinese had ever seen.
Worldwide recognition came in 1989 for his
show with the Monnaie de Paris, which centered on the theme of
the Bicentennial of the French Revolution and the Declaration
of Rights of Man.
Guy Buffet shares wall space with Toulouse
Lautrec at the Perrier-Jouet Museum in Paris and has in fact
been their official artist as well.
Transfixed with a unique fascination of color,
Buffet's canvas seems to know no boundaries. He takes the casual
observer into his work both visually and emotionally. His intention
is to create a stopover point where an individual can rediscover
the beauty and gaiety which life has to offer. Every aspect is
considered with Buffet's palette and his brush is indeed purposeful