Anselme Boix-Vives had an extraordinary faculty for imagination, but it was anchored in reality.
From the time he began painting in 1962, at the age of 63, he created with force, originality and efficiency, traces of our occidental culture by calling on the collective unconscious that brings to mind aboriginal art, and by recovering them in his own memory.
His production covers a short period of eight years.
It’s a universe where everything seems to be born and grow in front of our eyes. Plants and flowers thrive, birds take to wing, and everything trembles. It’s a marvelous world. The retrospective show of Anselme BoisVives’ work in 2009 at the Halle Saint-Pierre Museum in Paris, as well as the book written by Emmanuel Daydé, “L’Aménagement du Monde”, described all the facets of his work from figuration to abstraction, those of a painter who manifestly could not restrict himself to “Art Brut”.
Anselme Boix-Vives painted without stopping over an eight-year period leaving behind him more than two thousand paintings (ripolins) drawings and gouaches.
His work is that of a man who knew how to “see” all his life, not only nature, plants, flowers, animals and the fruit he sold, but also the beauty of baroque chapels in Savoy, and Catalonian medieval art. His imagination is based on a solid sense of observation.
Boix-Vives’ production was rapidly noticed by André Breton, Corneille, and Harald Szeeman, who as early as 1964 exhibited 56 of his gouaches next to the work of Louise Nevelson and d’Hunderwasser at the Kunsthalle in Berne Switzerland.
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1964 Exposition personnelle à la Kunsthalle de Berne, Suisse
1995 Première exposition personnelle à la Galerie Alain Margaron qui l'expose ensuite régulièrement
2011 « L'univers enchanté d'Anselme Boix-Vives », Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris
2015 « L'Ecole de la nature », Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris
2017 « Anselme Boix-Vives », Musée des Beaux-Arts, Chambéry
2018 « Anselme Boix-Vives, dessins, peintures », Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris
2018 « 25 ans de passions », Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris