Bossard_portrait_14Eric Bossard was born in Geneva in 1954. After completing his studies in physiotherapy (Geneva) and ethnology (University of Neuchâtel), he spent seven years in Africa with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UNICEF and as an independent ethnologist. He is currently working part-time as an artist.

The street and our society of over-consumption are the prime focus of Eric Bossard’s works and in fact furnish the “raw material” for his collages and acrylic inclusions. This includes things destined for the dustbin or for recycling (advertisements, leaflets and other waste dropped in the streets) and objects no longer needed and offered for sale in flea markets.

For these abandoned objects which no longer serve their original purpose, Bossard creates new roles, giving a metaphorical meaning to things that have lost their original value. He bestows on them a second life. A kind of artistic recycling process that highlights the fact that our waste mirrors our consumer society. An image that we tend to prefer to ignore. 

Individual and group exhibitions since 1983 in Geneva, Neuchâtel, Huambo (Angola), Gondar (Ethiopia), Lausanne, Rolle and Fribourg.

 

Exhibitions 

2004 - Individual exhibition, Atelier parallèle – Nyon
2004 –Group exhibition, Villa Dutoit - Geneva
2004 – Group exhibition, Galerie 23 - Lausanne
2004 – Group exhibition of postal art, Espace Diamono - Carouge
2004 - 2005 – Group exhibitions, Galerie 23 - Lausanne
2005 – Individual exhibition, Galerie 10/60 - Rolle
2005 – Group exhibition, Galerie 23 - Lausanne
2005 – 2006 – Individual exhibition, Auberge de la clef d'or – Bursinel, Vaud
2005 - 2006 – Individual exhibition, Résidence du Mandement - Satigny, Geneva
2006 – Invitee of the group exhibition « Artistes de la commune » - Satigny, Geneva
2006 – Winner at the group exhibition « ArtGare » - Geneva train station (Cornavin)
2006 – Individual exhibition, Espace culturel FNAC – Fribourg
2007 – Individual exhibition, Gallery La Mansarde – Veyrier
2008 – Individual exhibition, Passion Musique – Lausanne
2008 - Group exhibition, « Artistes de la commune » - Satigny, Geneva
2008 – Permanent group exhibition, Gallery Artraction + Christmas Market  2-24.12 – Geneva
2009 - Individual exhibition, Gallery  "Jan Ken Poï" - Genève
2009 - Individual exhibition,  Choully - Geneva - avec portes ouverte de l'atelier
2009 - Individual exhibition, Gallery Véronique Pfeiffer - Rolle
2010 - Group exhibition, "Artiste de la commune" (2-6 June) - Satigny
2010 - Individual exhibition, Gallery  LABe-L (Photographs; 11.11 au 17.12) - Chêne-Bourg 
2010 - Group exhibition, Gallery Michel Roset – Bourdigny
2011 – Exhibition of acrylic inclusions, Musée du bouton - Estévenens, Fribourg
2012 – Group exhibition, « A boire et à manger » Gallery Michel Roset – Bourdigny
2012-2013 – Group exhibition Artraction at UBS, Nyon 20.11.2012 - 20.01.2013
2013 – Group exhibition Artraction « A bout de souffle » 17 October – Genève
2014 – Group exhibition Gallery  permanent « Private Collection » (inclusions) – Geneva
2014 – Individual exhibition  Showroom Artraction, 27 March – 6 April  (Flyers) – Geneva
2014 – Individual exhibition  Gallery V. Pfeiffer (inclusions) - 10-17 April –  Rolle

Bibliography

2006 « The art of collage at the dawning of the 21st century » - Ed. Artcolle : Paris – 150p. [p. 49]
2008 « Techniques of the art of collage at the dawning of the 21st century » - Ed. Artcolle : Paris – 139p. [p. 47]
2009 « The art of collage in all its forms » - Ed. P.-J. Varet : Plémet – 134p. [p. 47] 
2012 « Freedom is a collage : A tribute to Jiri Kolar » - Ed. P.-J. Varet : Plémet – 95p. [p. 30]

Prizes

2006 – Winner of the group exhibition « ARTGARE » - Geneva train station (Cornavin) – 6 - 19.11.06
2007 – Winner of photo competition in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Société d’Art Public - Geneva - 08.09.07

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