Jean Bonichon

Born in 1973

Lives and works in Viersat

Jean Bonichon graduated from the ESACM in 2010. His work as an artist comes in many forms.
The complementarity of his research on unknown territories, his combined or site-specific installations and his studio work enable him to achieve a balance between these different mediums. His work examines the notion of the absurd by raising contemporary issues from a quirky and sometimes playful perspective.
The sites and contexts he works in are driving forces in his research, which regularly leads him to participate in artist-in-residence programmes, such as the Nekatoenea residence (Hendaye), during which he worked in collaboration with researcher and geographer Sylvie Paradis on the effects of climate change on the coastline.
Works like Terra caprinea incognita (2022), a climbable piece for the goats living at the Jardin du bout du monde in Château-Gontier, Petits Voyages Extraordinaires (Extraordinary Little Journeys, 2016), a project produced for the miniature golf course at Nantes Camping (in collaboration with Le Voyage à Nantes), and Grotte de nez (Nose cave, 2018), made for the Piacé le Radieux Art Centre, are both permanent outdoor exhibits. His works are also part of several public collections – Frac-Artothèque Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Artothèque de Caen.
In 2021, Windy drop won a prize on the occasion of the Mondes nouveaux programme. This Art&Science project for a mobile “tempest shelter” required transdisciplinary skills in meteorology, fluid mechanics and wind tunnelling.
Since 2022, he has taught sculpture and installation work at the ESAD TALM-Le Mans.

Biographical notes translated with the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques - Cnap.