Grégoire Michonze

Born: 1902, Chişinău
Died: 1982, Paris

Painter. Born as Gregory Mishonznik in Chi?in?u (1902). Studied at Chi?in?u Academy of Arts (1919–20), Bucharest Academy of Arts (1921) and the École nationale des beaux-arts in Paris (1922). Introduced to the Surrealists by Max Ernst (1920s). Friend of Chaïm Soutine and Henry Miller. Worked in a Surrealist style (1927–30). Travelled across America with Henry Miller (1937–38). Volunteered to serve in the French artillery. Settled in Paris (1943), lived in England and Scotland, visited Israel (1954). Founding member of the Association of Russian Artists and Sculptors in France, intended to unite artists of the elder generation and the new wave of émigrés (1978). Died in Paris (1982). Contributed to the Salon des Superindépendants (1934–36), Exhibition of Modern Russian Painters and Sculptors curated by the France-USSR committee of the XIV Arrondisment in Paris (1945), Russian Artists of the École de Paris (1961) and one-man shows in his studio in Antibes (early 1930s), Buckingham Gallery (1927), Arcade Gallery (1946), Mayor Gallery (1947) and Adams Gallery in London (1959), Edinburgh and Glasgow (1948), Chez Mayo studio in Paris (1953), Lausanne (1962), Jaffa (1963) and Tel Aviv (1974).

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