Richard Texier

Richard Texier (born June 28, 1955) is a French painter and sculptor.[1][2] He lives and works in Paris.


Texier spent his childhood in the Poitevin region of Western France.[3] In 1973, Texier went to college in Paris. He graduated with a degree in art and architecture from the École spéciale d'architecture and later received a doctorate in plastic art from the Sorbonne.[4]

In 1979, Texier moved to New York City,[5] where he initiated a nomadic strategy of creation which he called "Nomadic Workshops". This strategy subsequently enabled him to multiply his workshop space to venues all over the world:[6]

In 1982, Texier exhibited for the first time at the FIAC in Paris with the Claudine Bréguet gallery.[14]

In 1989, the French government commissioned Texier to create a series of tapestries on the theme of the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. The tapestries were exhibited at the Opéra Bastille,[15] La Grande Arche de la Défense,[16] the National Assembly of France, the International Tapestry Museum in Aubusson, France,[16] the European Parliament and the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris.[17]

Texier's most recent works include Chaosmos 2009, Pantheo Vortex 2011, and Elastogénèse 2013.

Chaosmos [18]

In 2009, Texier began a series of special paintings entitled Chaosmos. This ongoing work includes more than a hundred paintings. The word Chaosmos was first used in 1939 by James Joyce in Finnegans Wake, whereby he states that the universe cannot function without embracing the concept of chaos. Moreover, the cosmos and chaos are indissolubly united in a vast continuum of order and disorder. At the beginning of the 1970s, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari revisited the Joycian cosmos, notably in their "Mille Plateaux", affirming that "chaos is not the opposite of rhythm, it is more the center of all centers". It is literally this center of all centers that Texier, as an artistic astrophysicist attempts to define, and restore. Chaosmos is none other than a celebration of energy as a concentration of the history of the world. Zéno Bianu « une autre entrée dans le cœur du monde », p. 52, Art press No. 413, "Supplément Richard Texier", July–August 2014, ISSN 0245-5676

Pantheo-Vortex [19]

  • « Pantheo Vortex is a collection of paintings begun in 2011. The series is based on the principle of The Cathedral of Rouen by Monet, or by the limitless modern artistic propositions of a conceptual nature. The paintings in this series are both photos and paintings. The image is obtained by using a digital graphic palette and aims to confuse by placing the real in the false and vice versa. The intention is not to trouble or perplex but rather to inspire and encourage the viewer to look beyond simple appearances. The choice of "vortex" in the naming of the work is explicit. According to the dictionary definition a vortex is a human pictoral interpretation which enables the viewer, via IT, to formulate a description of the infinite, and that of mystery.» (…) »
Citation de Paul Ardenne « faire de l’essentiel une œuvre d’art à la mesure », p. 14, in Art press No. 413, "Supplément Richard Texier", July–August 2014, ISSN 0245-5676
  • « Ce projet [Pantheo-Vortex] est une stratégie de création pour aborder le mystère et la dimension magique de l’existence. (…) L’art est le seul espace non dogmatique, non religieux où il semble possible d’aborder un sujet qui se dérobe, par définition, aux tentatives d’exploration. (…) »
Citation de Richard Texier, p. 12, in Art press No. 413, "Supplément Richard Texier", July–August 2014, ISSN 0245-5676


  • «(…) This new series explores the elasticity of the imaginary, the emptiness of the early times of consciousness and cosmos, where all is real as the world invents itself. I baptised it Elastogénèse as it is firstly an artistic rendering of dreams, Yves Tanguy never called it that even if he used it frequently. It is also a tool, a means of embracing reality. It is very different from the virtual world which attempts to dematerialise reality, Elastogénèse on the contrary chooses matter. It is, however something soft, elastic, in motion and restless. This form of movement exists already in nature, and these natural elements prove in a dazzling manner that the soft is stronger than the hard, and that the proof of their elastic, changeable and adaptable nature is finally more elegant than the rigidity of the real.(…) The art world was the first to discover and explore this nature. The sculptures of Arp, the soft watches of Dali, the expansions of Cèsar, and the silicons of Matthew Barney are all intuitive versions I offer a principal of mental resolution, a means of magical thinking.(…)»
Citation de Richard Texier, dans Nager, p. 129-130, a story, published by Éditions Gallimard in Collection Blanche, Paris, ISBN 9782070149629.[20]



Selected personal exhibitions


  • 1979 : Constructions d’après nature, a work in three parts edited with the participation of the National Center for Contemporary Art of France.
  • 1981 : Lune, l’autre le paysage, a publication in three periods.
    • 1: Research and technical approach to landscape
    • 2 : Precise verified astronomy and representation of the lunar cycle
    • 3: Presentation of various attitudes, installations, and representations in landscape
  • 1983 : Petit Précis cosmographique, a collection composed of 12 celestial diagrams
  • 2015 : Pantheo Vortex", a portfolio of photographs by Richard Texier, with a text by Catherine Millet, Art Press editions and Eric Higgins
  • 2015 : Nager, story, published by Gallimard, collection Blanche, Paris, ISBN 9782070149629.[20]


  • 2008 : Rouge très très fort on the works of Zao Wou-Ki, available on DVD by éditions Biro and aired on ARTE[62]
  • 2013 : The Death of Cleopatra, Youtube and aired on France2 [63]
  • 2013 : Gabrielle d'Estrée, Youtube [64]
  • 2015 : Le signe Nomade, documentary on Farid Belkahia available on DVD [65]

Selected public works

The Tools of the Navigator

In 1996, a monumental chariot on the site of l'Arsenal de Rochefort-sur-Mer, à deux pas de la Corderie royale,[66] including a sextant, a coil of rope, and a turn pin.[67]

The Spirit of Time

In 2005, a monumental sculpture on the pediment of the K.WAH center in Shanghai, 1010 Huaihai Zhong Lu, China[58] · [68]

Angel Bear

In 2015, a special commission by the SNCF for the COP21, Angel Bear is permanently installed on the place Napoleon III in front of the railway station of Paris Nord.[69] It was while reading a report in Paris Match on the plight of polar bears that Richard Texier was inspired to create the work.[20]
Representing a winged bear of 7 meters in height and weighing 4.8 tons, the statue invites passers by to reflect upon the dangers facing our planet.
It is a mythological and hybrid creature delivering a political and ecological message on the fragility of our planet and the importance of COP21.[70]

Unicorna Celeste

In 2016, Richard Texier receives two commissions for bronze sculptures, of which one,Unicorna Céleste will decorate the garden of the new building "Esprit Sagan" in Paris. IUnicorna Celeste is an evocation of Françoise Sagans’ Le Cheval Evanoui.[71]

Selected bibliography

Hors-Série Magazines

  • Art press n°413, "Supplément Richard Texier", July–August 2014, ISSN 0245-5676
  • Beaux Arts Magazine Hors Série, "Richard Texier Œuvres récentes", July 2008, ISBN 9782842786434
  • Connaissance des arts Hors Série n°222, "Richard Texier, l'arpenteur des rêves", 2004, ISBN 9782903808013

Selected Monographs and books on Richard Texier

Selected Exhibition Catalogs

  • Collectif, "Richard Texier - Exposition à la Galerie Pierre Levy", Biro éditeur, 2011, ISBN 9782351190944
  • Philippe Le Guillou, "Richard Texier - Theoria sacra", Éditions Le temps qu'il fait, 2008, ISBN 9782868535146
  • Zao Wou-Ki & Daniel Pennac, "Richard Texier - Créatures Mythiques", Edited by M Art Center Shanghai, 2008,
  • Alice King Gallery, "Paintings on chinese nautical charts - Richard Texier", Alisan Fine Arts, 2007, ISBN 9789889976125
  • Martina Corgnati, "Richard Texier, Opere recenti", Edited by Galleria San Carlo Milan, 2007
  • "L'Ouest céleste" Edited by the Museum of fine Art Shanghai, 2005 ASIN B00BQALKH0
  • Serge Raffy, "Richard Texier, Les îles de la destinée", Edited by Galerie Thessa Herold, 2004
  • Marie Lavandier & François Haquin, "Les droits de l'homme - Richard Texier", Éditions du musée du président Jacques Chirac, 2001, ISBN 2951580924
  • Alexandre Grenier, "Homo Stella: Le nouveau système du monde", Edited by Galerie Thessa Herold, 2001
  • François Carrassan & Daniel Dobbels, "Richard Texier à la Villa Noailles", Éditions Plume, 1999, ISBN 2841101045
  • Jean Pierre Verdet, "Richard Texier, Le centre, le cercle et la périphérie", Éditions Le temps qu'il fait, 1998, ISBN 2868532993
  • Emmanuel de Fontainieu & Préface d'Erik Orsenna, "Richard Texier, Les outils du navigateur",Éditions Le temps qu'il fait, 1998, ISBN 2868532993
  • "Richard Texier - Peintures Récentes 1996", Edited by Galerie Virus Anvers, 1996
  • Catherine de Braeckeleer, Victor Miziano, Leonid Bajanov & Stéphane Penxten, "Richard Texier - Moscou' 92", Le Botanique Éditions, 1993
  • Jean-Louis Giovannoni, "Richard Texier, Sculptures", Les Éditions du Cinq, 1993
  • Denis Montebello, "Richard Texier ou Le droit d'épave", Éditions Le temps qu'il fait, 1989, ISBN 2868530753
  • Bertrand Gibert, "Richard Texier", Edited by Lea Gredt, Luxembourg, 1988
  • Pierre Restany, Peter Frank, "Richard Texier- Codex Mira", Edited by the Sainte-Croix de Poitiers, Donjon de Niort, la Rochelle & la Roche sur Yon museums, 1985
  • Cherry Barbier & J-L Chalumeau, "Richard Texier - Mutus Luner", Simon Chaput Editor, 1983

Selected Illustrated Books

  • 1988: C'est comme ça, Georges-L. Godeau, Éditions Le dé bleu / Le Castor astral, ISBN 9782900768686
  • 1989: La Danse, suivi de Débris reconstruits, Lokenath Bhattacharya, French text by Franck-André Jamme, Éditions Festina Lente
  • 1989: "Les Chambres de l’œil", Franck André Jamme, Éditions Fata Morgana [72]
  • 1990: Bois de lune, Franck André Jamme, Éditions Fata Morgana, ISBN 9782851942357 [73]
  • 1990: Une petite affaire un peu spirituelle, Franck-André Jamme, Éditions SLM
  • 1992: Pas japonais, Jean-Louis Giovannoni, Éditions Unes
  • 1992: Le Roi du bois, Pierre Michon, Éditions Infernales
  • 1994: Nicolas de Staël, André Du Bouchet, Éditions Au Fil de l’Encre
  • 1996: L’horizon est plus grand, Patrick Deville, Éditions Le Petit Jaunais [74]
  • 1996: Le Navire poulpe, Gilbert Lascault, Éditions Le Petit Jaunais [75]
  • 1998: Traité des possibles, Zéno Bianu, Éditions Fata Morgana [76]
  • 1998: Se noyer en eau sèche, Salah Stétié, Éditions R.L.D.[77]
  • 1999: Codex oceanicus, Kenneth White, Éditions R.L.D.[78]
  • 1999: Rêves, Ernst Jünger, Éditions Fata Morgana, ISBN 9782851944818 [79]
  • 2001: Ex-voto, Richard Texier, Éditions R.L.D.[80]
  • 2001: Fugue, Zéno Bianu, Éditions Maeght [81]
  • 2002: Pierre ouverte, Zéno Bianu, Éditions R.L.D.[82]
  • 2002: Exercices d’aimantation, Zéno Bianu, Éditions Les Petits Classiques du grand pirate
  • 2003: In situ, Richard Texier, Éditions R.L.D.[83]
  • 2003: Une bouteille à la mer, Gérard Macé, Édition Les Presses de Sérendip [84]
  • 2006: L’Ouest céleste, Isabelle Autissier, Éditions R.L.D.[85]
  • 2012: Éloge des survivants, Zéno Bianu, Éditions Les Cahiers du Museur



"Nager - Richard Texier" Livres et vous, France Bleu, 17 August 2015
""Nager" de Richard Texier par la librairie Comme un roman à Paris" Le Temps des libraires, France Culture, 30 June 2015
"L'amour des commencements" Carnet Nomade, France Culture, 20 June 2015
"Création" Le temps des écrivains, France Culture, 20 June 2015
"Social Club" Social club, Europe 1, 3 June 2015
"Social Club" Social club, Europe 1, 15 September 2014
"Richard Texier, un artiste nomade" Culture Vive, RFI, mercredi 9 May 2012


"Rencontre avec Richard Texier" Festival de Saintes, Connaissance des Arts, 11 July 2016
"Découvrez l'immense atelier parisien du peintre Richard Texier" LostParadise, Huffington Post, 3 June 2016
"Histoire de l'oeuvre Angel Bear par Richard Texier" YouTube, SNCF Gares & Connexions, 4 February 2016
"Richard Texier au travail" Documentaire, Benoit Labourdette, 7 October 2014
"Barbara Polla nous passionne pour Richard Texier et Pascal Convert" YouTube, Ouvre tes yeux, 5 July 2014
"Chaosmos" Documentaire, Benoit Labourdette, 18 June 2014
"Peinture" YouTube, Richard Texier, 17 March 2014
"A Poitiers et Niort" CULTURE T, Public Sénat, 19 April 2013
"Les Ailes" Documentaire, Benoit Labourdette, 11 July 2011
"Conversation avec Richard Texier" Interview, Festival Pocket Films, 13 June 2009
"Expo Richard Texier au Département de Seine-Maritime" Dailymotion, J'aime Département de Seine-Maritime, 26 June 2008
"Les tapisseries des droits de l'homme" Documentaire, Luc Héral, 2002
"Portrait du peintre Richard Texier" Journal de 20H, France 2, 1 June 1998 L'Arpenteur Celeste, a film by Camille Guichard,Production and distribution, Terra Luna Films, 1991


  1. Notice d'autorité personne du catalogue général de la BNF
  2. Notice sur le système universitaire de documentation
  3. Biography
  4. Biography
  5. Richard Texier
  6. Guest Richard Texier
  7. Portrait of Richard Texier
  8. Télérama n°2406, 1996 02/24 to 03/01, "Texier peintre funambule" by Bernard Heitz
  9. Texier by Daniel Pennac
  10. Le Monde n°18019, 2002/12/31, "Richard Texier la peinture du ressac" by Harry Bellet
  11. Arts & Culture - Richard Texier
  12. Officiel des galeries & musées
  13. French embassy in Myanmar
  14. Art Press n°65, "Expositions: Richard Texier - Galerie Claudine Bréguet" by Gaya Goldcymer
  15. Richard Texier change Singapour en galerie d'art
  16. La Nouvelle République, May 1989, "Aubusson: Un témoignage pour la postérité" by Pierre Josse
  17. Libération, 1996/12/16 , "Les droits de l'Homme en basse lisse" by Miriam Rosen
  18. Citizen K, L'Instant T
  19. Richard Texier – Au point d’équilibre
  20. Le sculpteur Richard Texier
  21. Décret du 13 mai 2016 portant promotion et nomination
  22. Nomination ou promotion dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  23. Richard Texier
  24. Gallery Guide, February 1984, "Richard Texier at Simon Chaput" by Peter Frank
  25. Richard Texier by Peter Frank
  26. Art Press n°99, January 1986, "Expositions: Richard Texier - Kouros Gallery" by Philippe Evans-Clark
  27. TEXIER : PEINTURES 1984-1985 Communauté d'agglomération de La Rochelle
  28. Richard Texier: el continente de la peonza
  29. kanal magazine, n°23-24, September 1986, "Richard Texier"by Denis Montebello
  30. The universe of Richard Texier in Singapour
  31. Gran Harper's Bazaar Italia, n°54, Febbrario-Marzo 1987, "Logo, Logo go go go- Pitture di Richard Texier e Bogdan Korczowski" by Vincent Biffi
  32. NewYork, December 8, 1986, "Step on it" by Corky Pollan
  33. Richard Texier Biography
  34. La Libre Belgique, May 22, 1991, "L'invitation au voyage" by Stéphane Penxten
  35. Le nouvel Observateur n°1458, October, 15 to 21, 1992, "L'immergé de la Moskova" by Philippe Carteron
  36. Le Figaro n°1497, October 13, 1992, "Richard Texier dans la cerisaie socialiste" by Frédéric Ferney
  37. Piemonte n°4, Anno 1, 4 Aprile 1992, "Dioce, Histoire du Ciel"
  38. Télérama Hors-Série Delacroix, September 1994, "Texier: les oreilles du lapin" by Bernard Heitz
  39. Technikart n°14, Summer 1994, "Richard Texier: Printemps-Eté 1994 " by Alexia Guggémos
  40. Richard Texier à la galerie Guy Pieters
  41. List of contemporary artists
  42. Richard Texier Biography
  43. L'Œil, Magazine international d'art n°479, March/April 1996, "Richard Texier" by Patrick-Gilles Persin
  44. "Richard Texier - Peintures Récentes 1996", edited by Galerie Virus Anvers, 1996
  45. Kunstbeeld, 10/1997, "Richard Texier, een mooi vormgegeven chaos" by Saskia Monshouwer
  46. Richard Texier biography
  47. Sud Ouest, August 27, 1997, "Le signal de Richard Texier" by Philippe Baroux
  48. VSD n°1142, July 1999, "Une villa marquée par l'histoire" by Natacha Wolinski
  49. Richard Texier. Peintures - Sculptures
  50. Art Now Gallery Guide, June/July/August 2002, p.44
  51. The New York Times, Friday, June 21, 2002, "Weekend Fine Arts Leisure: Richard Texier" by Johnson
  52. Past exhibitions
  53. Richar Texier monography Audiovisual Encyclopedia of Contemporary Art
  54. Présentation Abbaye Trizay
  55. Starts with A Dream Everything Starts with A Dream
  56. San Carlo Gallery
  57. South China Morning Post, Wednesday, May 23, 2007, "Pick of the day: Paintings on Chinese Nautical Charts" by Janice Leung
  58. Richard Texier
  59. La galerie Pierre Lévy expose Richard Texier
  60. Richard Texier, le Français qui a fait du monde son jardin
  61. "Office de Tourisme Saint-Paul-de-Vence"
  62. Journée Spéciale Art Contemporain
  63. Histoires Courtes
  65. Soirée d'hommage à Farid Belkahia
  66. L'ami des huiles
  67. Les Outils du Navigateur à Rochefort
  68. Shanghai Morning Post, April 23, 2005, "Inauguration d'un grand artiste français"
  69. Un ours ailé installé devant la gare du Nord
  70. Angel Bear, une oeuvre au propos écologique de Richard Texier
  71. Quand l'immobilier ressuscite Françoise Sagan
  72. Les chambres de l'oeil|
  73. Bois de Lune
  74. L'horizon est plus grand
  75. Le navire poulpe
  76. Traité des possibles
  77. Se noyer en eau seche
  78. Codex Oceanicus
  79. Rêves
  80. Ex-Voto
  81. Fugue
  82. Ouverte
  83. In Situ
  84. Une bouteille à la mer
  85. L'Ouest Céléste
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