Bernard Garo was born in 1964. Graduated with honors from the Lausanne Art School (ECAL) in 1989, he lives and works in his workshop in Nyon (CH), located between Lausanne and Geneva. His projects also often take him to Paris, Barcelona and Berlin. In 1998, he resided for several months in Barcelona, Berlin and Paris to interact with other cultures, other places and experience new artistic encounters. He mainly devotes himself to painting, while at the same time developing a photographic work. In 2008, he represented Switzerland at the Summer Photographic Festival in Brussels with large format prints from a series called Topography of passage and oblivion.
Garo’s work praises painting as much as it does our land by incorporating entirely natural materials into his canvases that he fetches on cliffs and in volcano craters. He thus opens his painting to a multiple perception which celebrates nature, life, man and his vulnerability as much as technology and science. His work confronts us with the materiality of our origins amd with a physical and mineral impact that leaves no one indifferent.
He also seeks to create transversal links between his pictorial and photographic work. Garo plays an active role in his commitment to the future of our society. He stimulates change by indifferently using the multiple media at his disposal. He carries fundamental ideas and values, through humanist and contemporary thinking in support of a hypersensitive look. An approach that he always takes from a materialist and pictorial angle simultaneously. His art is therefore limitless. He has had more than a hundred personal exhibitions in Switzerland, Europe, the United States and China in both galleries and museums.
His pictorial and photographic work is found in private and public collections scattered around the world. A reference monograph, a multidisciplinary art book, as well as several catalogs and thematic works have already been published on his work.