Baptiste Tavernier

Born 1981 in France, I pursue a creative path that has led me from experimental music through the martial arts of Japan to the painter’s canvas. I first studied digital arts and musical composition at Paris University, and took part in several avant-garde musical projects during those years.

In 2006 I decided to move to Japan and immerse myself in martial arts. I studied several modern Budō and classical fighting styles, and achieved proficiency in the production and repair of Japanese armors. I wrote several articles and books on the topic of martial arts and released two music albums with Japanese shakuhachi player, Sabu Orimo: Sphères and Kamakura Jūnisō. For several years I also studied  ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), and monshō gaku, the Japanese heraldic tradition.

In 2010, I started to experiment and mix diverse set of skills on the canvas. My works now revolve mainly around the theme of mazes and labyrinths and have been exhibited internationally in North America, Europe and Asia since 2014.


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Maze Art

Body Painting

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# Solo Exhibitions

2018-08; Filles D'Ariane — VR exhibition, Art Curator Japan
2017-11; Erring Ways — Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
2017-02; Past Corridors — Haohaus Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2015-02; Exploring Labyrinths - Gold - — Galleria Farina, Miami, USA.
2014-07; Mazes —  Seikai Resort, Beppu, Japan.

# Group Exhibitions

2018-11; W.E. — AHM Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
2018-10; Stay Asia — AHM Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
2018-07~09; Neo Japonisme - Résonances 2018 — La Ferme des Arts, Vaison-la-Romaine, France.
2017-11; East Meets West — Yuan Ru Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
2017-02; Apocalyptic Nostalgia — Yuan Ru Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
2016-01; Untitled — FM Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.
2015-07; Kosan no Kai — Lucite Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2015-04; 19th Salon Blanc International Exhibition of Contemporary Art — Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan.
2014-12; Opposites Attract —  Galleria Farina, Miami, USA.

# Art Fairs

2018-03; Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong.
2017-11; Art Square Taipei, Taiwan.
2017-07; Art Santa Fe, USA.
2017-05; Tokyo International Art Fair, Japan.
2017-03; Art Central, Hong Kong.
2016-12; Art Square Taipei, Taiwan.
2016-09; Rotterdam International Art Fair, Netherlands.