Claude-Max Lochu

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Claude-Max Lochu
Autoportait en Rouge et Gris, 46x38 cm, 2009, oil on canevas
Born 1951
Nationality French
Known for Painting
"Urban Night Writing", 2010, 116x73cm, Oil on canvas, Claude-Max Lochu

French artist, painter and designer, Claude-Max Lochu was born in 1951 in Delle in Territoire de Belfort, Franche-Comté and completed his degree at the École des Beaux-Arts of Besançon. Lochu was exhibited in the Museum of Fine Arts, Dole, and is now exhibited permanently in Faure Museum as well as in 2 galleries in Paris and Lyon.


Claude-Max Lochu completed his National Diploma of Painting at Art School in Besançon in 1975 and first exhibited his works in 1976 in Rabat and Tanger, Morocco. In 1979, he set up in Paris and exhibited his work at the Montrouge Contemporary Art Show in 1981 and 1982. While visiting Japan in 1982, he studied the Sumi-é, an ink painting technique, with the Japanese painter Shiko Itoh, as Bashō, he will turn his travels into a source of inspiration. These travel paintings will lead to the Houses of the Sky, studies on reliefs of the city of Paris, Rome, Lisbon, and Amsterdam, London, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Berlin.[1] Lochu was exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Dole in 1985.[2]

Claude-Max Lochu also works on still life, interiors, landscapes of south of Europe, such as Mont Ventoux and Sorgue in Luberon, Aix-les-Bains, Valley Di Cecina and Volterra, where he looks for poetry rather than the representation. In addition to his works at the Artima gallery in Paris, Lochu exhibited at Faure Museum of Aix-les-Bains,[3] since 2001, he has held personal exhibitions at the Accademia libera natura e cultura in Querceto in Italia.[4] Since 2006, he has participated in the Peace and Light Festival for the project of Temple for Peace to be built by the Vajradhara-Ling Center in Normandy with a view to promoting world peace.[5]

In 2000 at Faure Museum, he exhibited Aix les Bains depuis le Boulevard des Anglais, a painting[6] that he performed on his first visit at Aix-les-Bains which is now exposed in the entrance of the museum.[7] It represents an overview of the city and landscape;[8] in 2012, his portrait of Auguste Rodin is added to the collections of the museum.[9]

"Gyalwa Karmapa" (Ogyen Trinley Dorje), by Claude-Max Lochu, exhibition for the project of Temple for Peace in France, 2008

In 2012, he exhibited at the Faure Museum in Savoie.[10]

In 2013, he exhibited at the Musée des beaux-arts de Gaillac in the Tarn.[11]

From July to September 2013, 26 of his oil paintings, gouaches and drawings are presented at the Musée de l'Aventure Peugeot in Sochaux in the Doubs. [12][13]

The visitor center of the Pays des Impressionnistes, focused on Impressionists who painted along the Seine River, organized a tour of his atelier in January 2014 in Carrières-sur-Seine.[14]



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