Christian Fossier Biography

Christian Fossier




Christian Fossier was born in Paris on September 9, 1943. A printmaker, painter, pastellist, and designer, he became known for his large-scale, precise engravings and mixed-technique intaglios, meditating on abstract, minimalist shapes and gradations of black. As well, he published several portfolios of intaglio works including Terrain, FonLe cri et la figure, and Y.H.T.A, among others. In addition to his art career, he was an art professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Artz in Metz from 1977 to 1981, and director of the engraving department at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des beaux-Arts in Paris (ENSBA) from 1987 to 1993. His prolific exhibition career began in 1965 at the House of Fine Arts, Paris, and he went on to show internationally. Christian Fossier died in Paris on March 3, 2013. He was married to Sabrina Grassi-Fossier.

Major Exhibitions
1965: House of Fine Arts, Paris
1966: English Bookshop, Paris
1967: Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris
1970: Galerie La Hune, Paris
1972: Musee de Grenoble, Grenoble
1972: Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck
1973: Album "Land", Galerie La Hune, Paris
1974: Gallery Chevaline, Bordeaux
1975: Galerie La Hune, Paris
1977: Centre Georges Pompidou, Workshop Today Paris (Yves Hamon text); Album Fon, Michèle Broutta editions, Paris (Bernard Noël text); Galerie Beaubourg, Paris
1980 "Y.H.T.A. "Maeght editions, Paris
1981 Galerie Maeght, Paris
1983 School of Fine Arts, Valencia
1986 School of Fine Arts, Angers
1987: The Great Eight, Rennes (text René Baudouin Lascault Gilbert, Jean-Louis Pradel, Hubert Tonka)
1988 French Cultural Center, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig

Major Group Exhibitions
1968: Gallery of Messina, Paris; Galerie La Hune, Paris
1969:American Center, Paris; "Printing of Paris' National Library of Spain, Madrid; "500 contemporary prints," National Library of Spain; Paul Fachetti Gallery, Paris; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland
1970: "Art without limits", French Association for Artistic Action, Montreal
1972: Tamenaga Gallery, Paris
1976: "The Boxes" Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris
1977: "nature on paper," CNAC, Paris
1978: "Real, Realism, Reality," Beaulieu Abbey; "Wo Zu?" Nina Dausset Gallery, Paris; National Library of France, Paris
1979 "Workshop Lacourière-Frélaut, 50 years of intaglio engraving," Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris
1980: "The Pastel" Art Centre, Ancy-le-Franc
1981: "The Drawing" National Centre for Art and Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris
1982: "The French Drawing", the Seita Museum, Paris
1983: "Paris-Montreal, Contrast," Mount Royal Art Centre, Montreal
1984; "Invitation", Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris; "Soils" CNAC, Paris
1985 "Self Portrait," the Seita Museum, Paris
1992: "From Bonnard to Baselitz, prints and artists' books. Ten years of enrichment of 1978-1988 Print Room ", National Library, Paris (F. Woimant text)
1993. "Some large states of contemporary engraving" The Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine (edition of an original gravure)
1994: "From the Atlantic Wall at the Berlin Wall", the Regional Council of Basse-Normandie, Caen; Museum of Fine Arts, Saint-Lô (text Sabrina Grassi)
2005: "Il giro della Puglia in 80 fotografie, Homage to Jules Verne," Castel del Monte, Italy
2007: "Tribute to the Lacourière Frélaut-shop" Michele Broutta gallery, Paris

1965 Edition of the Paris Biennale
1966: Tokyo, Kyoto
1967: Paris (prize), Ljubljana, Vancouver
1968: Tokyo, Kyoto, Barcelona, ​​Menton
1969: Ljubljana (prize)
1970: Krakow, Florence (gold medal), Barcelona, ​​Menton
1972: Venice
1976: Mulhouse (prize)
1979 Bradford, Condé-sur-Scheldt, Heidelberg, Ljubljana (prize)
1982: Alexandria (prize)
1985 New Delhi, Taïphe

Young contemporary engraving (1963, 1964, 1965)
French painters and engravers (1964)
New Realities (1965, 1966)
May Salon, Paris (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969)
May Salon, Cuba (1967)

Public Collections
Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York; Westinghouse Electric Co., Pittsburg, PA; National Library of Spain, Madrid; National Library of France, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Rilbac; National Fund for Contemporary Art, Paris; Regional Funds of Contemporary Art