Gregory Forstner was born in Douala, Cameroon, to a French mother and an Austrian father. At the age of eleven, he was spotted by Luc Besson to play the role of Enzo Molinari in The Big Blue. At fifteen, he spent a year in two host families in Key West, Florida, a journey that left a profound impression on him. After that experience, he interrupted his secondary studies and left for Austria on the trail of his paternal origins. In Vienna he met Christian Ludwig Attersee, who invited him to work in his studio at the academy of applied arts (Hochschule für angewandte Kunst). The following year, he attended the Villa Arson, École Nationale Superieure d’Art de Nice. After graduating, he finished his studies with a short stay at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. From 2013, he started to publish his writing with the publishing houses Derrière la Salle de Bains and Littérature Mineure. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (ARC), Musée de Grenoble, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain de Nice (MAMAC), FNAC (Fonds National d’Art Contemporain), FRAC (Fonds R.gional d’Art Contemporain) Haute-Normandie, FRAC Basse-Normandie, FRAC Alsace, SACEM collection, Fondation Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon in Annecy, Fondation Bernard Massini in Nice, Richard J. Massey Foundation in New York, TIA Collection in the United States, and Sammlung Goetz in Munich.

In 2008, Gregory Forstner won a scholarship from the French Ministry of Culture for a one-year residency in New York with Triangle Arts association. He Lived in New York for 10 years and relocated in summer 2018 to the south of France.

Gregory Forstner studio photo
Gregory Forstner
Douala, 1975
Cameroon

Current Exhibitions

26 May — 29 Sep
Foundation Fernet-Branca invites Gregory Forstner, who just returned to France from Brooklyn where he lived and worked for 10 years, to host the exhibition, “Get In, Get Out. No Fucking Around!”,...

Solo Shows

2019
Fondation Fernet-Branca, Saint-Louis, France
2016
Pastorelle, Filsers, Mainburg, Germany
Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, Galerie Mathias Coullaud, Paris, France
Drawing now! Le salon du dessin contemporain, Paris, France
2015
FIAC OFFICIELLE, Paris, France (with Galerie Kromus + Zink)
2014
La Fiancée du Collectionneur, Galerie Eva Vautier, Nice, France
Beauty Queen, Vanity and the Sons of Bitches, Galerie de l’école des Beaux-Arts de Angers, France
The Sailor is in Love, Galerie Duboisfriedland, Brussels, Belgium
2013
Fuck Sandy!, Galerie Zink, Berlin, Germany
2012
works on paper, Otto Zoo, Milano, Italy
Study for An American Archetype, Messineo Art Projects / Wyman Contemporary, New York, USA
La Grande Bouffe ou Le Triomphe de Bacchus, Galerie Eva Hober, Paris, France
2011
Rain Dogs, Galerie Zink, Berlin, Germany
2010
Looking for Icarus, Galerie Zink, Munich, Germany
Drawing now! Le salon du dessin contemporain, Paris, France
2009
The Ship of Fools, Musée de Grenoble, France
2008
The Waiting Rooms, Galerie Zink, Munich, Germany
2007
The Party, Galerie Zink, Berlin, Germany
Easyover, Musée d´Art Moderne et d´Art Contemporain, Nice, France
2006
Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, France
Dit Is De Minj, Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal, Canada (curator: Louise Déry)
2005
Pièce unique, Centre Culturel Français, Turin, Italy
2004
Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, France
2003
Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, France

Group Shows

2019
Galerie Zink Waldkirchen, Germany
2018
Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see, Galerie Zink, Brussels, Belgium
2017
Moi, Courbet, Galerie Mathias Coullaud, Paris
Adele, Galerie Zink Waldkirchen, Germany
2016
Kopf und Kragen, Städtische Galerie, Backnang, Germany
Animal Farm. Beastly Muses and Metaphors, S2 Gallery, London, United Kingdom (with Lucian Freud, David Hockney, Adrian Ghenie, William Wegman)
Drawing now!, Galerie Mathias Coullaud, Paris, France
De la tête aux pieds, Collection FRAC Normandie Caen, Caen, France
2015
De Picasso à Warhol, Musée de Grenoble, France
Mor tel Suite et fin, FRAC Basse-Nromanidie, Caen, France
Tribu, Galerie Eva Vautier, Nice, France
Le Cambrioleur, Riga Art Space, Riga, Latvia
Drawings, Galerie Dukan, Paris, France
The Housebreaker, Riga Art Space (in coop. with l’ADIAF), Riga, Latvia
2014
Des pas dans l’escalier, FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen, France
Où commence le future?, Galerie des Ponchettes, MAMAC Nice, France
Les esthétiques d’un monde désenchanté, CAC Meymac, Meymac, France
Encore / Partie 2, Galerie Eva Hover, Paris, France
Epines d’Eden, Galerie Dubois Friedland, Brussels, Belgium
2013
La belle peinture 2, FRAC Réunion, Phoenix des Halles, Port St. Louis, Mauritius
Entrée libre mais non obligatoire/Noël Dolla, Villa Arson, Nice, France
Pièces Montrées – Frac Alsace, 30 ans de collection, FRAC Alsace, Fondation Fernet-Branca, Saint-Louis, France
De leur Temps 4 : Nantes, Regards croisés de 100 collectionneurs sur la jeune création, Nantes, France
E-Motion. collection Bernard Massini, Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France
Code Noir. 30 ans de shopping, FRAC Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France
2012
Carte Blanche, Lili-Ubel Gallery, Paris, France
La Maladie de Flaubert, Musée Flaubert et d’Histoire de la Médecine, Rouen, France
Ventotto, Otto Zoo, Milano, Italy
What Only Paint Can Do, Triangle Arts Association, New York, USA (curated by Karen Wilkin)
La belle peinture est derrière nous, le lieu unique, Nantes, France
Collectionner aujourd’hui…, Collection Philippe Piguet, Centre d’art contemporain de Saint Restitut, France
2011
Figure Libre, Collections du MAMAC, Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice, France
Nullportrait, Galerie Zink, Berlin, Germany
Le Beau est toujours bizarre, FRAC Haute Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France
La belle peinture est derrière nous, Cagdas Merkesi, Ankara, Turkey
Des Paysages des Figures, Château de Saint-Ouen, France
Des limites de ma pensée, dubois friedland gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2010
La belle peinture est derrière nous, Sanat Limani, Istanbul, Turkey
Des paysage des figures, Dukan & Hourdequin, Marseilles, France
Aquisitions Recentes, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France
Antrepo #5, Istanbul, Turkey
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, USA
Fwd: Drawing on paper, Galleri Se Konst, Falum, Sweden
Liaisons Dangereuses, Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Hunting Trophy, Parker’s Box, New York, USA
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, Galerie Eva Hober, Paris, France
Collection 3, Fondation pour l’art contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex, France
2009
Le Bizarre, l´étrange et l´incongru, Sélest’art Biennale, Sélestat, France
NUN, Galerie Otto Zoo, Mailand, Italy
2008 Stultifera Navis: The Ship of Fools, Porta Sant’Agostino, Bergamo, Italy
2007
Fait en France, Natinal Ar t Gallery de Sofia/ Musée National des Beaux-Ar ts de Lettonie, Riga, Latvia
Dialogues Méditerrannéens, Curator Suzanne Van Hagen, St. Tropez, France
De leur temps II, Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
Peinture(s), Génération 70, Fondation Salomon pour l’Art Contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex, France
2006
Villa Holiday Warsaw, Poland!, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, France
Everything is wrong, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland
Nos amours de vacance, CIAC de Carros, Carros, France
PROFILS – 15 ans de création artistique en France, Péra Museum, Istanbul, Turkey / Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
Timesharing, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, France
Tennewpaintings, Parker’s Box, New York, USA
2005
La Réserve, Les Ponchettes, Nice, France (Cat.)
Etats de peinture, Maison des Arts, Malakoff, France (curator: Philippe Piguet)
Eurostars, Galerie S.E, Bergen, Norway
2004
Décomplexés / Without complex (with Norbert Bisky and Steven Black), Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, France
Galerie Soardi (with Denis Castellas and Valérie Favre), Nice, France (Cat.)
Body Bilder, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland (curator: Cédric Teisseire)
2003
Lee 3 Tau Ceti Central Armory Show, Villa Arson, Nice, France (Cat.) (curators: Stéphane Magnin and Laurence Gateau)
1999
Question de corps, Galerie Grégoire Gardette Editions, Nice, France (curator: Association KUB)

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Douala Country of birth: Cameroon Date of birth: 1975 Lives in: Montpellier, France