Bernard Piffaretti was born in 1955 in Saint-Etienne, France. He lives and works in Paris. Since 1986 Piffaretti has committed his practice to the "duplication method", abstract paintings that appear to be two identical halves split through the vertical axis. Closer inspection reveals moments of differentiation: the inclination of the brushstrokes, the number of drips, the weight of the hue. "The duplication clouds the origin of the time of the work. All supremacy is abolished, and that is the subject of my painting".
This year, he will participate in an exhibition at the National Gallery, Washington DC. He has had solo exhibitions at Surplus Space, Wuhan, China (2021); Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, France (2020); Lisson Gallery, New York, USA (2019); Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2018); Kate MacGarry, London, UK (2017); KLEMM’S gallery, Berlin, Germany (2016); Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, USA (2015); Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris France (2014); Musee d’art modern de Saint- Etienne, France (2009); Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France (2008); and Cheim & Read, New York, USA (2002), among others. Major group exhibitions include Gordon Robichaux, New York, USA (2018); Kunstverein Schwäbisch Hall, Schwäbisch Hall DE (2017); Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes, France (2015); MAMCO, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland (2007); and Centre d'Art Contemporain, Kerguéhennec, France (2005).