Patrice Besso was born in France in 1963.
His artistic adventure began when he entered architecture school at the age of 18. He spent three years there and took courses in drawing and introductory painting.
For many years, he moved back and forth between his two passions, music and painting, alternating guitar and brushes depending on the opportunities that presented themselves.
A self-taught artist, he met other painters on numerous occasion and these exchanges had a major influence on his work.
Working for years in watercolors and their transparencies, his discovery of certain great artists in the art brut (Dubuffet) and contemporary art (Basquiat) movements led his own art to evolve. He then gave up paper and turned to the canvas and its materials.
The academicism of his forms metamorphosed into a kind of spontaneous writing. It ranged from that of children with their naïve images to that of enamored then rebellious adolescents and finally to that of adults, ending in a “perverse world”. “Life thus has us go from a child to an adult by making us sacrifice our innocence to life’s cruel reality.”
Besso attempts to trace this itinerary that no one can escape in growing up while trying to keep an ingenuous and spontaneous expression in his work, which despite everything, he feels, must include reflection.
Besso’s paintings are exhibited in galleries around the world. He has lived in Brazil for the last 20 years.
After participating in the Grand Marché de l’Art Contemporain (GMAC) of Bastille,
Patrice Besso was “discovered” by Lisette Alibert and was invited to display his work at her gallery – Place des Vosges. Their partnership lasted for 7 years.
Its neighboring gallery – Art SYMBOL – took an interest in Besso’s work, inviting him to exhibit his artwork in Paris and in other places in France.
To this day, Art SYMBOL continues to demonstrate his work. The gallery organizes expositions and exhibitions every two years approximately.
Moreover, Besso works in collaboration with Galerie 195 in Brazil. For a number of years, he has also showcased his work at Gallery EXODO in Porto Rico.
The artist continues to work independently, presenting his work to Saint Jean de Luz with the blessings of his Parisian gallery.
He now looks forward to adding Galerie Cheriff Tabet to the lists of galleries that have featured his work. He finds that exhibiting his oeuvres in Lebanon is an honor.