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Jean-Marc Bustamante is a French artist. He works in different media, among them painting, sculpture and photography. He lives and works in Paris.

  • Born on: 1952
  • Place of birth: Touslouse, France
  • Nationality: French art
  • Similar Artists: Sophie Calle
  • Era: Contemporary art


Jean-Marc Bustamante was born in 1952 in Toulouse, France. He initially studied business administration before turning to photography.

Bustamante first attracted international attention with a series of large-format landscape photographs he created between 1978 and 1982 under the title "Tableaux." These photographs often depicted pristine natural or urban landscapes, but always with a subtle human intervention. During the 1980s and 1990s, Bustamante also began to incorporate sculptures and installations into his work. His sculptures often play with the concept of space and materiality, occasionally using industrial materials and techniques. In the late 1990s, Bustamante also created a series of works that utilized glass and mirror surfaces. These works reflected and commented on the relationship between space, light, and the viewer, questioning the role of the viewer in contemporary art.

Bustamante's works have been exhibited internationally, including major solo exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide. Today he lives and works in Paris and is considered one of France's most important artists.



  • 19.01.21 - 20.02.21 Jean-Marc Bustamante - Grande Vacance (suite), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris.
  • 20.10.19 - 07.06.20 Distance Extended / 1979 - 1997. Part I - Herbert Foundation, Ghent.
  • 14.12.16 - 23.04.17 Franz West. ARTISTCLUB - Belvedere, Vienna.
  • 22.11.16 – 28.02.17 JEAN-MARC BUSTAMANTE - New Works - Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg.



  • Jean-Marc Bustamante, beautifuldays, Eckhard Schneider (Publ.), Cologne 2006.
  • Jean-Marc Bustamante "Long playing", Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg 2001.