FRANÇOIS PORTELETTE, born on
September 21, 1936 in Pontoise in France.
1953 Debut in the studio of his
father, the photographer Pierda in Caen (Calvados, France) where he learns
photography (Shot as well as laboratory work). He will remain there until 1957,
year of his departure to Paris.
Accepted at the National School of the Fine Arts of Paris. Discover at this
period the work of Wols, which will mark him deeply.
Join the etching department of the School where he will work during six
Visit regularly the Guimet museum
where he develops a special interest for Japanese etching and the Indian
First group exhibitions
with the etchers of the School of Fine Art and others, in France as well as
abroad. Participates at the Biennial of Paris. He is part of an informal
group of etchers of which are Kwasnienska, Ballif, Toral, Nicoïdsky, Moreh
(...). Develop friendship with Piza, Dorny, Lünven (...) and pay several
visits to the painter etcher Standley Hayter, founder of Studio 17 of Paris
and New York.
Work simultaneously at the studio
of sculptor H.G. Adam, where he carries out his first research on the
application of color in sculpture.
Meet the Peruvian sculptor
Guzzman, who initiates him to the work of metal.
Pays visit to the sculptor
Gilioli and to the painter Sonia Delaunay.
Many trips to Italy and Greece in
1962 Meet Alberto Giacometti, at
the time of an exhibition of the sculptor Ipousteguy at the gallery Claude
Bernard in Paris. This event will be decisive in his will to fully devote
himself to sculpture.
1963 Meet Man Ray, accompanied by
the photographer Pierda.
1967/1968 Invents a process of
impression of copper plate etching on metal sheets.
1970 First individual exhibition
(Etching and sculptures) at the Gallery Marthe Nochy, Rue de Seine in Paris
(part of which was a sculpture colored by luminous reflexion ).
1965/1970 Friendships with the
poets Jean Guichard-Meili and Anne Voileau as well as with the composers
Claude Ballif and François-Bernard Mâche. Attends many concerts of
contemporary music and meets Pierre Boulez, Jean-Etienne Marie, Pierre
1970 Travel in south Tunisia and
to Europe: The United Kingdom, Belgium, Holland, Germany.
1972 Monumental bas-relief for
the bank of the Western Union (BUO).
Co-author of the " Que-sais-je? " on etching (PUF).
1973 Travel to Brazil
1974 Monumental bas-relief for
the hall of a building at Bagnolet.
1975 Devotes more time to
1977 Multimedia project on the
myth of Don Juan: " The dispersed woman ".
Show on Hector Berlioz on the
France Music radio station.
1982 Incorporate the Editions
Mille (with other photography enthusiasts). This company was publishing art
postcards and posters and its goal was to render contemporary photography
more accessible to the general public.
1984 First personal photography
exhibition at the Gallery Lambert-Rouland in Paris.
1986 " The undefined man
": Six monumental bas-reliefs, accompanied by drawings on the topic of
the male identity.
1987 Meet the American
photographer Ralph Gibson and become his editor.
1988 Work on the topic of the
" Archer "
1992/99 Turns back to painting
more specifically to watercolor.
1996 Series of canvas on the
evocation of the Fontainebleau forest.
1997 Begin his series of
drawings, collages, and paintings entitled “Peinture
Roman" (Novel Painting).
1999 Meet the poetess Sophie
Javel. Her poetic writing convinces him to break away from traditional painting. He
invents the concept of Sculpted-painting, coming back to his early passion:
2000 Continues his
Sculpted-paintings as well as his work on