Born in 1960 in Créteil, near Paris, for thirteen years (from 1971 to 1984) ChristopheTISSOT attended the classes of Pierre Belvès, director of the Ateliers du Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre, becoming his assistant in his final year there. For four years he also learnt the techniques of  etching and dry-point engraving with the engraver Jean-Claude Reynal. He rounded off  his art education by taking drawing classes with the painter Hervé Télémaque, and also attended a course in perspective at the Ecole Boulle.

He came second in the entrance exam for the Penninghen Advanced School of Graphic arts, but nevertheless chose to continue his studies for three years at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris.  Well aware of the importance of ideologies, dogmas and wars in history, he raised questions and sought a way to express a different world. In 1985, after a trip to Florence, he embarked on his career as a painter.

His paintings are either colourful or monochrome, associating broad, sinewy, fluid touches with lines which conjure up those used in engraving. His favoured themes, somewhere between abstraction and symbolic figures, are invariably developed as series and in large formats. In 1994, he started using public places for a form of art that sidesteps classic rules and becomes involved in the city.

Since 2002, he has been living and working in Tours (Indre et Loire).


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