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Bernard Berthois-Rigal

Born in 1927 in Paris, Bernard Berthois-Rigal is a french artist whose style can be described as a cross between surrealism and fantastic realism. His creations are amalgams of found objects and rich pigments which conjure up a make-believe world of Byzantine elegance. Berthois-Rigal employs a remarkable technique that he has developed in is work using tissue paper, watercolors, gouache, India ink, and in his own terms, "recovery of waste materials."

Berthois-Rigal began painting at the age of 28, in 1955, without any formal training. He abandoned his artistic career in 1960. Some 12 years later, he resumed painting after one of his paintings was honored and chosen by UNICEF for a greeting card. The following year he held his first exhibition, in Rome.

Partial List of Exhibitions and Museums: Ingres Museum, MontaubanrnMuseum of Modern Art, City of Parisrn Alphonse Chave Gallery, VencernLe Scribe Gallery, MontaubanrnGalerie Francaise, Saavebruck and Munich, West Germany Group Exhibition, "Arts en Yvelines" at the Orangerie, Chateau de Versailles Graphica Gallery, Tokyo Japan The Seine Gallery, Paris Society I.M.P. of Brussels Salon de Mai, Cardin Room, ParisrnSalon de Mai, Brand Palais, ParisrnStrafor Foundation, The Municipal Gallery, Nancy, Francern Galerie Protee, Paris, Nahan Galleries, New Orleans, New York.