(b Paris, 17 Jan 1913). French painter, sculptor, medallist and designer. He studied in Paris, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and was much influenced by his friendship with Maurice Denis. He worked principally as a painter, adopting the saturated colours of Henri Matisse in landscapes and figure studies often based on observation of 'exotic' cultures, notably Mediterranean and North African. In the mid-1960s a new rawness emerged in his work, derived from 'primitive' examples and new materials associated with his experiments in other media. He executed tapestry designs for Aubusson, posters (winning the Grand Prix de l'Affiche Fran?aise in 1984), costumes and sets for ballets at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, reliefs and murals. In 1965 he took up medal-making, expressing in his numerous metallic works for the Paris Mint that obsession with found objects which is also evident in his large-scale sculpture and in his posters.
Bezombes also had many solo exhibitions in Paris and elsewhere, including at the prestigious galeries Galerie Charpentier and Galerie Andre Weil. At the same time, he was constantly involved in public art projects such as the decoration of the Chapel at the Church of Sacre Coeur de la Corneuve (1940-41). Bezombes was the definition of the "French artist" as we know it today: passionate, driven, and always involved. These qualities are abundantly evident in his art, and for that reason Bezombes' work continues to be highly desired and collected in France and abroad, especially since his death in 1994.