«For him painting is a journey. And going on a journey means to be in a condition for painting. That is to say, to see more, feel more intensely, to impregnate oneself more deeply, to immerge oneself in the density of the history and the geography of a place.»
24 Heures, Lausanne (CH), Françoise Jaunin, Art critic.
« Garo also paints the stroking of the brush, the smell of the materials, the layering and rough texture of the surface. »
*Déflagration, Art book, Michel Thévoz, writer and philosopher.
« This unique mixture makes GARO DEFLAGRATION one of the most interesting publications connected with the Arts I ever held in my hands. It more than deserves any attention it can get. Exploring the strength and fragility of civilisations it is also of an impressing topicality in the present developments of today’s world. »
World Radio Switzerland, Geneva, (CH), Uli Van Neyghem, journalist
« …In his universe, painting is an act which is created without paintbrush. Garo drops off by strata the truthful polymorphes of light, earth, bodies… »
Le soir, Bruxelles, (BE), Dominique Legrand
Bernard Garo was born in 1964. After graduating with distinction from the Lausanne Art School (ECAL) in 1989, he lived and worked in his studio in Nyon, Switzerland. His projects also led him to travel frequently between Paris, Barcelona and Berlin.
In 1998, he set out on a sojourn of several months in Barcelona, Berlin, and Paris allowing him to be exposed to other ways of life, while also gaining enrichment through artistic encounters. Since then, he has devoted himself chiefly to painting, all the while developing his own photographic approach. In 2008, he represented Switzerland at the Brussels Summer of Photography with large format photos from a series entitled “Topography of passing through and forgetting.”
Garo’s work pays homage to painting as a component of our earth by including in his canvasses entirely natural materials found on cliffs as well as in volcanic craters. Thus he opens his painting onto a multifaceted contemporary perception that celebrates nature, mankind and our vulnerability, as well as life, technology, and science. His work confronts us with the material of our origins, with a physical and mineral impact that brooks no indifference. He also seeks to create transverse links between his pictorial and photographic work.
Garo has taken on an active role in facing our future as humanity. He stimulates change by interchangeably using the multiple media at his disposal. He seeks to convey fundamental ideas and values through humanist and contemporary thought with the support of a hypersensitive outlook – an approach cultivated from a matiériste and pictorial angle. His art is total and without limits.
He has more than one hundred individual exhibits to his credit in Switzerland, Europe, USA, and China in galleries and museums. His pictorial and photographic work is to be found in private and public collections worldwide.
A definitive monograph, a multi-disciplinary book of art, as well as numerous catalogues and thematic works in several languages have now been published on Garo’s work.
MUSEUMS AND ART CENTERS
National art museum of China, Beijing (CN)
Contemporary art Museum, X’ian (CN).
Espace Arlaud Museum, Lausanne (CH)
Swiss National Museum, Prangins (CH)
Pully Art Museum (CH)
Cultural Center Jean Gagnant, Limoges (F)
Stadthaus Forum, Stuttgart (DE)
Art Center of Ferme de la Chapelle, Geneva (CH)
Adriano Ribolzi Gallery, Monaco (MC)
Fangyuan Gallery, Beijing (CN)
Faider Gallery, Brussels (BE)
Art Forum Gallery, Zurich (CH)
Galeria Calart Actual, Segovia (ES)
Art Dynasty Gallery, Geneva (CH)
Synopsis Gallery, Lausanne (CH)
Plexus Palace Art Gallery Montreux (CH)
BIENNALS & ART FAIRS
Art Basel – Kunst Zürich – Art Genève (CH)
Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing (CN)
European festival of nude photography, Arles (FR)
Nuit Blanche, Paris (FR)
Show off, Paris (FR)
Summer of photography, Brussels (BE)
Nord Art, Hamburg (DE)
M20, Makrolon®, 8000 x 8000 cm, subway station Pont Bessières, Lausanne (CH)
Flux-Fluss, glass, 5 elements of 40 x 500 cm, roundabout, Wiedlisbach (CH)
Stele, glass and iron, 110 x 1300 cm, building facade, Nyon (CH)
The space of Sunflowers, 5000 x 5000 cm, land art installation, Paléo, Nyon (CH)
Blue pebbles, 5000 x 5000 cm, mixed media installation, in nature, Paléo, Nyon (CH)
Water In, 500 x 1100 cm, Aubusson tapestry & high-tech aeronautical wires, school Gland (CH)