Alain Bonnefoit is widely known for his nude paintings. By utilizing multiple medias including oil, watercolor, crayon, ink and pencil on one single piece, the artist illustrated the delicate and cold tactile sensation of female figure wonderfully. The exquisite touch of the smooth body form was created along with an unique sense of space, which was composed with the contrasting textures of various materials. Bonnefoit was born in Montmartre in 1937. After studied in L'Ecole des Arts Appliqué, L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts, L'Ecole des Beaux Arts, Bonnefoit returned to Paris in 1962 to study under the famous sculptor Antoniucci Volti. It is also due to the influence of Volti, Bonnefoit began to dedicate his oeuvre to nude figures.
Bonnefoit fused the spirit of East and West in his art. The artist used to live in Japan in the early 70s to study Sumi-e, Japanese ink wash painting. With profound research in ink paintings and comprehension of its techniques, he present elegant figures which are soft but not weak. “One should always avoid blocked, stunted, inhibited, breathless gestures,” Bonnefoit says. “As in martial arts, the quality of breathing is essential for achievement.” His work have been collected by the French Government, the City of Paris and the Boccaccio museum in Certaldo. A major retrospective of Bonnefoit have been exhibited in the Marino Marini Museum, which was named after the master sculptor Marini, in Florence.