François Ristori


François Ristori (1936-2015) was a French painter and part of a generation of artists, with B.M.P.T, André Cadere, Claude Rutault, amongst others, who reimagined painting in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

The beginning of his career was marked by intense activity; even though he wasn’t invited to the Paris Biennale in 1969, Daniel Buren and Niele Toroni decided to step aside and let him their place. In 1971, Yvon Lambert gave him his first solo show, followed by the retrospective show Activité d’un bilan, where his works were shown next to those of On Kawara, Brice Marden, Robert Ryman… He then exhibited a monumental work on the façade of the BOZAR in Brussels (1976), another work in the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1977), and at “Coin du Miroir” (1979), now known as le Consortium de Dijon.

Using the same shape and colors throughout his career, his protocol “traces-formes” was applied on very diverse mediums: canvas, paper, cardboard, foam, windows, and even a street in Paris in front of the Galerie Yvon Lambert where the artist remained until 1985. He was then exhibited at the Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre (Paris, France) and more recently by various galleries across the world: Galerie Shilla (Seoul, South Korea) in 2017, Galerie Joy de Rouvre (Geneva, Switzerland). His works appear among the collections of various public institutions: Collection Lambertin Avignon, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, FRAC Bourgogne, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, FRAC Picardie, Centre Pompidou, Musée Fabre, MAMCO Genève, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, amongst others...

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