Benoit Izard aka Bizard is a French visual and performer artist after a career as an architect. He studied dance and choreography, contact improvisation, body mind centering, at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam and he’s bachelor in performing arts. He’s architect with the congratulations of the jury for his degree on dance and space design from the School of Architecture of Lyon. He did a post graduate research at the Fine Art School of Lyon on curating life in the urban gallery.
Benoit danced with Jérôme Bel for the creation and world tour of The Show Must Go On. He was actor of Gwenaël Morin and Yves Noel Genod and scenographer of Meg Stuart. He’s also a choreographer. He organized with Centre Pompidou dance, spoken words & architecture promenades. Active in Paris slam poetry scene, he slams a joyful and uninhibited poetry, performed with Grand Corps Malade and Les Gens d’Uterpan and has done an album. He taught art at the National Circus School in Paris (ENACR), the class rapidly turned into a creation lab : Tell me what your body is living. He’s teaching at the Paris Executive Business School about art as strategy of the offer in real estate to create a distinctive experience.
Bizard creates performances, installations, photography, collages, silk works and sculptures.
His live and site specific pieces are likely large scale and activate luxury venues, outdoor places and art events. They work on people’s perception and experience of joy and freedom. His most known projects are the installation LOVE transforming a space by writing LOVE in big over it, Kissers performing a 1 hour long kiss, Burqa, and Scotch where actors walk across cities the body wrapped with packing tape.
This work on the layering and the presence is also rendered in Benoit’s visual art works which are developed in a refined and unusual way like masking a bronze sculpture to magnify the fascination.
Benoit has been presented by Art Miami, Centre Pompidou, (e)merge art fair Washington DC, Bernice Steinbaum gallery, Louvre Museum, Artaq for FIAC in Paris, Mounsonturm Frankfurt, Panacea festival Stockholm, Ménagerie de Verre Paris, Wynwood Art Fair, Miami Theater Center, Tigertail – France Florida festival, Sleepless Night (Nuit Blanche) Miami, Maribor European Capital of Culture 2012, Miami performance festival, Fountain Art, Arts For a Better World, Como Clube in Sao Paulo, BACA art center South Florida or 1 Hotel & Homes as associate partner of Art Basel | Miami Beach. He produces as well site specific projects in Africa, Brazil, Europe and USA. He lives in Lyon and Miami.
My work is about joining this higher vibration behind the identity and even behind the action. Bizard’s pieces create festive freedom. It’s what you, spectator, manifest. Bizard plays with the perception in a joyful and kaleidoscope way to create an uncanny image, difficult to grasp and extremely appealing. Celebration of life and art, contemporary art form and at the same time a tribal universal message. It’s beautiful and fascinating.