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BONTE Eric, glass sculpture, permanent artist of Galerie Capazza since 1989

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Biography

Eric Bonte was born in Paris in 1956.

After a scientific high school certificate, he entered the National School of Applied Arts and Artistic Trades (Ecole Nationale des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art), Olivier de Serres in Paris.

He then chose the stained glass workshop for the endless possibilities resulting from work related to colour, light, attraction to both an artistic and a technical approach.

Upon leaving school in 1979, he took over a workshop in Issy les Moulineaux, the JJK RAY workshop.

Taking over a workshop was for him the means to tackle a professional experience and a creative adventure. As an artist and entrepreneur, creator and manager, it involves providing the means to create, express, exist through his art.

1979 - 1988 : “Eric Bonte stained glass (Eric Bonte vitraux)”, Issy les Moulineaux

During all these years he obtained prestigious projects: the Plaza Athénée,
or the Hotel Raphael in Paris, the headquarters of the Cap Gemini Sogetti in Paris.


He became Jean Bazaine’s glassblower and created for him the stained glass windows of the Saint Dié des Vosges Cathedral, the Saint Guénolé Penmarch Chapel... He also restored the stained glass windows of the church of Saint Séverin in Paris.


At the same time, he has participated in a great number of exhibitions for personal creations.

He has exhibited his work in the Strasbourg Paskine Gignoux Gallery, the Geneva Trois Gallery, the Paris Quartz Gallery and the Nançay Capazza Gallery. He also competed for the 1985 Cobourg prize.

1987 - ... “France Stained Glass International (France Vitrail International)”, Nanterre, and then Courbevoie.

In 1987, he was selected for the creation of the Yamoussoukro Basilica’s stained glass windows in the Ivory Coast. This is the most important order in stained glass history, with 8,400 m2 of stained glass.

Eighteen months of work with a team of about sixty people only for this site.

Since then, the Company has been working on several projects in France and abroad in the field of decoration and interior architecture. It has developed several techniques, traditional stained glass as well as engraving, sculpture sandblasting, thermoforming, etc.

In September 1999, Eric Bonte was awarded the Sema Regional Arts and Crafts Award.

The workshop benefits from several and prestigious references: the stained glass windows of the Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman, or those of the guest room of the Sultan of Oman, the domes and ceiling of the Movenpick Hotel and the contemporary slope glazing in the Conference Centre of the Arab League in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, fountains of carved glass in the city of Moscow, the stained glass or carved glass of large Parisian buildings such as the Plaza Athénée, Meurice, Raphael or Regina Hotels.

Eric Bonte also creates remarkable pieces, carved glass tables, screen sculptures, domes of mixed stained glass and sandblasted glass that are sold at Drouot.

The approach remains the same, Eric Bonte weaves a tenuous link between the world of applied craft and the work of art; by passionately creating his clients’ wildest dreams, he fulfils himself through his art.

Since 2010, thanks to the Capazza Gallery, Eric Bonte exhibits personal creations again.

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Bibliography

Bloch Dermant, glass in France by Emile Gallé to our days, pages 303/305, editor l’Amateur, 1986

L’Affiche, No. 105, August/September 1985, the art of glass in Rouen, page 26

Fakhoury, the Basilica, editor Mardaga, 1990

Stained glass quarterly, N084, number 4, winter 1989, pages 281-289

Architecture méditerranéenne, No. 33, Oct 1989, special, the Basilica of Yamoussoukro

La revue de la Céramique et du verre, No. 55, November-December 1990, Yamoussoukro, the stained glass of the awesome scale

The world and I, vol. 6, No. 2, February 1991, pages 222 -229, revolutionizing stained glass
Atouts 92, No. 18, December 1993, arts and crafts at open book, page 6, an imaginative priesthood

Parissima, April 1998, designer of the month. The magic of glass and light: Eric Bonte

Le Figaro, July 1991, Spotlight on stained glass

Atouts 92, No. 51, November 1999, in glass and against all

92 Express, No. 147, December 2004/January 2003, France Vitrail International, the world in glass

Le Point, No. 1831, 18 October 2007, Special Courbevoie, the glass lace

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