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Roger Bezombes was born in Paris in 1913, and in 1934 commenced his studies at the École des Beaux Arts. In 1936 he won the Grand Prix de Rome, and in the same year another prize which enabled him to travel to Africa for the first time.

Roger Bezombes paintings were influenced in the 1930’s by his friendship with the artist Maurice Denis, and by the work of Henri Matisse. He exhibited regularly in Paris at the Salon d’Automne, and the Salon des Artistes Indépendants, as well as one man shows at Parisian galleries such as Galerie Charpentier in 1938, and Galerie André Weil.

He was an inveterate traveller, and his travels throughout Europe, Africa, and the USA in the 1950’s also served to influence his unique style, which evolved into incorporating elements of Cubism, and the use of collage as a structural tool; however whatever happened to influence his vision at any particular time, his confident and exuberant use of colour was a constant element.

Roger Bezombes also designed advertising posters (winning the Grand Prix de l’Affiche Françaises in 1984), and created costumes and sets for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He continued to exhibit internationally throughout his career at Cairo, Copenhagen, Geneva, New York, Bucharest, Sophia and Athens, Istanbul, Ankara, Lisbon and Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro.

Roger Bezombes died in 1994.

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