Jean’s art is a quest following an aesthetic experimental path, evoking a contemporary view on the abstract expressionists and the conceptualists, the Zero-movement, and Fluxus. Yet, he does not belong

to any movement or school.

Jean Boghossian continues his artistic quest following an aesthetic path crossed by many experiments on the surface and the material. After a period marked by abstract expressionism, he grabs the support - canvas or paper - twists, crushes and covers it with paint.


This innovative attack on the support, canvas or paper, and the painting, poses anew the question - with a personal response - of how to paint today. However, this response is consistent: it requires the destructive power, after having rutted the surface, to determine the shape of the work. The artist does not seek to depict destruction, but puts it into the service of his art.

Where the heat chooses to strike, the supporting canvas or paper shows deep traces or visible cracks and fissures. Where it slides over the surface, it sketches an explosion of improbable and always surprising trajectories. It all depends on handling different methods of burning.


All these wonderful tattoos are for us like a new skin which breathes the air of artistic freedom. In his "Maximes consolantes sur l'amour" Baudelaire tells us that the only optimism for man in his finite existence is to "believe that fate enjoys a certain elasticity which is called human freedom".

Text by Victor Hugo Riego.

Solo Exhibitions 


















“Cessez le feu!” United Nations Office, Geneva.

“About Nature & Colours” Gallery Tanit, Munich.

“Rythmes & Matières” Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels.

“Rhapsody in Red and Blue” Galerie Pièce Unique, Paris.

“Flamme intérieure” Museum Ground, Republic of Korea.

“Jean Boghossian” Cardi Gallery, London.

“Building with Fire” L'Orient Le Jour building, Beirut.

“Unpredictable Horizons” Ayyam Gallery, United Arab Emirates.

“Fiamma Inestinguibile II” National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia.

"Fiamma Inestinguibile" The 57th International Art Exhibition / La Biennale di Venezia, Armenian National Pavilion, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice, Italy.

“Traces Sensibles” Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium.

“Tra due Fuochi” Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon.

“Secrète Architecture” Black Box Bis Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.

“Le Très Doux Feu du Dedans” Bibliothèque Wittockiana, Brussels, Belgium.

“A l'Epreuve du feu” Black Box Bis Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.

"Burning" Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon.

"Jean Boghossian" Black Box / Galerie Guy Ledune, Belgium.

Group Exhibitions




"Ekphrasis" Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium.

"1914 – 1918: Not Then, Not Now, Not Ever!" German Bundestag, Berlin, Germany.

(31 international artists representing 31 countries, amongst Christian Boltanski,

Berlinde De Bruyckere, Tony Cragg, Anish Kapoor, Hermann Nitsch, Kiki Smith, … )

26e Exposition de Sculptures Monumentales, Square Armand Steurs, Brussels, Belgium.


"Monumento". InSitu and Land Art Brussels, Brussels, Belgium.

(Carlos Albert, Johan Baudart, Beppo, Pol Bury, Olivier Jean Caloin, Joël Canat, …)


"Au rendez-vous des Amis". Palazzo Vitelli, Città di Castello, Italy.

(International exhibition-conference, 66 artists)


"Sonoro Visiva. Esprienze di confine linguistico". Museo Archelogico di Atina e della Valle di Comino “G. Visacchi”, Attina, FR, Italy.

(Bizhan Bassiri, Giuseppe Chiari, Jannis Kounellis, Daniele Lombardi, Renato Ranaldi, Carlo Rea)


« Le Chat au Journal », Fonds Erasme, Brussels, Belgium.

(Jean Boghossian, Michaël Borremans, Isabelle de Borchgrave, Hervé Di Rosa, Gérard Garouste, Philippe Geluck, Karl Lagerfeld, Laurence Jenkell, Jean-Luc Moerman, François Schuiten, Pierre Soulages,  Jeanne Susplugas, Yan Pei-Ming)


Agial Art Gallery. Abu Dhabi Art, Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


Gallery Rivoli Guy Ledune, Elsene, Brussels, Belgium.

(Jean Boghossian, Filip Francis, Philip Lumai, Imi Knoebel, Olivier Mosset, Gerhard Richter, Jan Schoonhoven, Dan Walsh)


“Vers la lumière,” Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Republic of Korea.

(Jean Boghossian, Yves Charnay, Christiane Delaroux, Bang Hai Ja,

Hong Soun, Pae Mi Kyung, Kim Soon Hee, Kim Gil Wong)


“A plein tube sur la Lumière et la Couleur,” Black Box Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.

(Cécile Bart, Jean Boghossian, Nigel Freake, Filip Francis, Aïda Kazarian, Olivier Mosset, Sarkis, Tilman, Michel Verjux)


“XXL Summer Group Show,” Black Box Gallery,Brussels, Belgium.

(Alan Charlton, Aïda Kazarian, Cécile Bart, Jean Boghossian, Imi Knoebel, Olivier Mosset, Sarkis, Tilman, Michel Verjux)

 © Jean Boghossian 2019.

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