Igor Bitman, painter (known as Igor B. Glik, as a photographer). Born in Moscow in 1953, I studied at the School of Fine Arts in Moscow. I fled the Soviet Union in 1980. After living in Italy and Canada, I settled permanently in France in 1987. I regularly exhibit in art galleries in France, Italy and the Netherlands. Numerous personal exhibitions. Photography had always been with me, from the very beginning of my career as a painter. It was often used as a sketchbook, thus playing an important role in the elaboration of my paintings. But for the past three to four years, encouraged by a few well-known photographers, I have allowed myself to free my photographic work from my work as a painter. I would say today that photography, which I now practice professionally, has become the natural continuity of my work on the image with different means.
Moscow School of Fine Arts.
2014: Louis Matzo Art Fund, Paris.
2012: Francis Barlier Gallery, Paris.
2010: Twee Pauwen Gallery, The Hague, The Netherlands.
2008: Forni Gallery, Bologna, Italy.
2006: Retrospective exhibition Panorama Muzeum Badfrankenhausen, Germany.
2000: Visconti Gallery, Paris.
2000: Forni Gallery, Bologna, Italy.
1997: Francis Barlier Gallery, Paris.
1994: Centre d’art de la ville de Montréal, Canada.
1988: Cité internationale des arts de Paris.
1980: Galerie des Platanes, Geneva, Switzerland.
2015 : Grand Prix Fernand Cormond, Fondation Taylor.
2000 : Prix Dagnan-Bouveret, Académie des Beaux-Arts.
1999 : Médaille vermeil de la Société académique Arts-Sciences-Lettres.
1998 : Prix Duc de Valverde d'Ayala Valva XXXII prix Intemational d'art contemporain de Monte Carlo.
1997 : Médaille d'or au Salon des artistes français.
1995 : Grand prix de peinture, Concours du portrait Paul-Louis Weiller, Académie des Beaux-Arts.
1993 : Prix spécial du Jury, Concours du portrait Paul-Louis Weiller, Académie des Beaux-Arts.
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