Guy Buffet was born in Paris on January 13 1943. Although his
parents were in the restaurant business, they were fond of art.
Guy Buffet learned early that his neighborhood had once been the
home of such artist figures as Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, and Modigliani.
''At home there was always talk about these famous painters,'' he says,''
and I used to listen to these conversations while doing my homework
at the kitchen table. I remember drawing on napkins and the linen
tablecloths while my brothers were busy with kitchen preparations.''
On his twelfth birthday, his mother gave him his first box of paints, a
couple of brushes, a wooden easel, and several canvases. The young
Buffet was soon displaying paintings in the family restaurant.
At the age of 14 he was transferred from public school to the famed
Beaux Arts de Toulon and later studied advanced painting in Paris. By
age 18, he joined the French Navy where his artistic abilities were so
distinguished, he was named the official artist of the French Navy and
given the prestigious assignment to ''paint the world.''
''In the South Pacific, while I was on shore leave and hitchhiking with
some fellow sailors,'' Buffet says, ''we were picked up by a motorist who
was the mayor of the city. After visiting the ship and seeing some of my
paintings, the mayor talked to the captain and received permission for
me to exhibit my work in town.'' From this came a series of one -man
exhibitions in the Hawaiian Islands introducing Buffet to what he called
''Paradise''. The year was 1963 and the rest, as they say is history.
What followed were several commissions from the Hawaiian State
Foundation on Culture and the Arts which emblazoned major murals at
libraries across the state of Hawaii.
Guy has also been commissioned by many corporations including
Aloha Airlines, Grand Mariner, Westin Hotels, Ritz Carlton Hotels. He
has literally toured the world with one- man shows and exhibitions.
Guy's images are now commissioned for a wealth of items from men's
dress ties and shirts, to dinner plates, coffee cups, postcards, calendars,
and women's wear. Buffet is also the official artist for Champagne
Perrier-Jouet with his work gracing each decorative gift box.