The Malta Independent 23 September 2019, Monday

Alain Despert: From Bora Bora To Malta

Malta Independent Sunday, 27 January 2013, 11:00 Last update: about 6 years ago

Alain Despert: From Bora Bora to Malta, is a retrospective that explores the career of the artist from when his work was first discovered in Bora Bora, French Polynesia, to his arrival in Malta this year. Featuring approximately 45 paintings, the exhibition charts the artist’s journey from 1990 when he was selected for the world renowned ad campaign Absolut Artists of the 90s to the present and includes works from many previous series; such as, Cars of the 50s, Paris, Carnaval de Venise, Dante’s Divine Comedy and Bora Bora. The retrospective culminates with

his most recent Malta series which will be on display for the first time.

The exhibition is being held under the auspices of the Parliamentary Secretariat for Tourism, the Environment and Culture, the Malta Tourism Authority and Heritage Malta. The event is sponsored by Caffe Cordina and Jacob’s Creek.

Alain Despert was born in Britanny, France in 1943. He moved to the island of Bora Bora, French Polynesia in 1986. In 1989, his paintings were discovered by the editor of the American magazine Town and Country and included in the story about Bora Bora. He was convinced to move to New York City to pursue his artist’s dream. In 1990, shortly after his arrival in New York, he was selected by Absolut Vodka to join the ranks of other artists such as Andy Warhol and Keith Haring for the famous advertising campaign. His work has exhibited in major cities throughout the US; including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and others. After 10 years of exhibiting, he returned to paint again in the tranquility and beauty of Bora Bora.

Now in his senior years, Alain Despert decided to return to Europe to be closer to his family. He and his wife, Karen, selected Malta to be their new home. They currently reside in Valletta and his new studio is located on Strait Street.


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