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OTHONIEL, Jean-Michel

PORTRAIT-OTHONIELBorn in 1964 in Saint-Etienne, France.

Lives and works in Paris.


Jean-Michel Othoniel is a contemporary French artist who was awarded a residency at the Villa Médicis. He loves metamorphoses: blown-glass forms that become erotic objects, jewellery, architecture or sculptures. Some of his masts and pearl necklaces recreate dream worlds and call Gaudi to mind. His works include the entrance to the Palais Royal metro station in Paris, Le Kiosque des Noctambules, and an installation to adorn the tramway in Nice (2007).

Othoniel uses blown glass as a multi-coloured palette that nourishes his opulent and baroque œuvre. Like his Renaissance and 18th-century predecessors, he assigns the execution of his pieces to highly qualified artisans, especially glassmakers.


A selection of his last exhibitions in 2014:  “Les Belles Danses”, Bosquet du Théâtre d’Eau, Jardins du Château de Versailles, Versailles, France;  »Jean-Michel Othoniel », Hôtel-Dieu, Le Puy-en-Velay, France;  »Othoniel », Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, Chine;  »Le Cœur d’obsidienne », Lover’s Park, Erevan, Arménie;  »Le Cœur de l’Hôtel Dieu », Parvis de la Cathédrale, Le Puy-en-Velay, France;  »Othoniel », Anzai Foundation, Tokyo, Japon;  »La Rose des vents », Cité Beisson, Aix-en-Provence, France;  »Le Nœud rouge », Paragon, Singapour, Singapour…


Jean-Michel Othoniel presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2008: The Marvellous Herbarium at the Chapelle Saint-Martin du Méjan.