Bernard Vidal was born in August 1944 in Perigueux, in South West France. At a young age he discoverd the pleasure of painting, and this passion has not deserted him. In 1961, he attended the Ateliers d’Art in Paris to prepare for entry to the École des Beaux Arts. In 1967, he began what would prove to be a brilliant career in communications without ever abandoning painting. In 1992, he directed his first major international exhibition at the Gallery Art&Art Boulevard Saint Germain in Paris. Since then, Bernard Vidal has travelled around the world presenting his work in the famous galleries and international institutions and museums. His work, recognized by professionals, collectors and art lovers, as well as the contemporary art critics, is part of many beautiful private and public collections on five continents. He works in oil and pastel. His main subjects are landscapes of France in particular Brittany and the Mediterranean as well as Brazil. He also has done many portraits including Gerard Depardieu.
In January 2009, Bernard Vidal was awarded the title Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministère de la Culture in France. Watch for news of his upcoming book and next year’s exhibition at Les Invalides in Paris.
“ No artist in modernity has combined all of the rhythms and movements
into a single space. Bernard Vidal’s work reveals that painting can never be completed; it endures within itself. It’s like an ocean that crashes against
the coast, immense and impassable, recycling and drawing in itself, a constant truth reformulated. ” — FINE ART MAGAZINE / NEW YORK