Henri Lamy is a French visual artist and performer, born in 1985 in Lyon. He works and lives between France and the Philippines.

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Henri Lamy is a French figurative painter. Born in 1985 in Lyon, he started painting at an early age af- ter developing a fascination for facial expressions and people who were considered as not fitting in society. His work is characterized by heavy usage of lively colors and highly creative composition, as well as inventive usage of the palette knife. He began his artistic career as a member of the artistic squat 59 Rivoli, an art residence located in Paris, France.

In 2014, Henri Lamy thought of combining his two passions: capoeira and painting to create a new form of expression, through movement and visual arts. Capoeira is a Brazilian art form which combines dance, rhythm and movement. It is a dialog between two players; a conversation through movement. Together with his wife Maïa d’Aboville, they have performed shows worldwide.

Henri Lamy opened this practice to children by creating kids workshops. This new art form is a simple and fun way of sharing creative energies and of expressing oneself through one’s body and senses. Henri works with various NGOs from the Philippines such as Stairway Foundation (Puerto Galera), Project Pearls (Tondo), E. Zobel Foundation (Calatagan) and Museo Pambata (Manila).

In 2015, together with his wife Maïa d’Aboville, they created Taverne Gutenberg, a creative hub in the city-center of Lyon which hosted art residencies, galleries, exhibitions, art studios and a bar. From 2015 to 2018, it gathered over 40,000 visitors, 30 exhibitions, 400 participating artists, as well as 15 resident artists. The mission of Taverne Gutenberg is to promote emerging artists and to give an alternative space for the public to come and experience art and its creation.

In 2017, Henri and Maïa create « Ugnayan sa Poblacion» in the Philippines, an art residency program which showcased the power of art in community development. In 2018, Taverne Gutenberg opened a new space called Les Halles du Faubourg, also in the city-center of Lyon, this time in an abandoned 1600 sq. meter factory, where art, culture, and science interact together as a whole.

Henri’s love for other cultures and languages is what made him travel the globe in search of faces to paint, and scenes to depict. Humans are and will always remain in the center of his work.

— Pour la beauté du geste, group show, Les Halles du Faubourg, Lyon
— Linya, dance painting, choreography by Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, Manila, Philippines
— Les Ateliers d’artistes, group show, Le Cartel, Lyon, France


— Exposition solo, G&M design Gallery, Monaco
— Sapiens, solo show, Pinto Museum, Antipolo, Philippines

— The Naked Truth, Provenance Gallery, Manila, Philippines
— Painting performance and Live auction, Disciples of Escoffier, Hong Kong Convention Center, Hong Kong
— One & Only Reethi Rah Art Residency, North Atol Malé, Maldives
— Art residency, capoeira painting performance and solo exhibition, French Institute of Cluj, Romania
— Les Nouveaux Sauvages, group show, Les Halles du Faubourg, Lyon, France

– Ugnayan sa Poblacion, residency program, Taverne Gutenberg & ZHostel Manila, Philippines
– Power, solo show, Qube Gallery, Cebu, Philippines
– Figurations Nouvelles, group show, 59 Rivoli Gallery, Paris, France
– Dans quel état j’erre, collaborative exhibit, Taverne Gutenberg, Lyon, France

– Charity Live Painting, Bergonié Foundation, Bordeaux, France
– Solo show & Capoeira Painting Performance, SYP, Tokyo, Japan
– Solo show & Capoeira Painting Performance, Zava Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

– Solo Show, Le Petit Bateau, Sydney, Australia
– Co-founds the art residence Taverne Gutenberg, Lyon, France
– Visages d’ailleurs, Bouillon d’Art Gallery, Bordeaux, France
– Malasimbo Music and Arts festival, Puerto Galera, Philippines

– 100ECS collective show, 123 Daumesnil Gallery, Paris, France
– Art residency, Montceaux-les-Mines, France
– Hope, solo show, Modern Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
– Art’s Vice Collective Show, Lyon, France
– Malasimbo Music and Arts festival, Puerto Galera, Philippines
– Art Residency, Le Cent, Paris, France
– Drawing Lessons at Orphanage House, Sao Paulo, Brazil
– La Désœuvre, collective Show, Starter Gallery, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

– Jimmy Cliff & Joss Stone Official portrait, Manila, Philippines
– Auction, Little sisters of the poor, San Francisco, USA
– Wanderlust solo show, Altromondo Gallery, Manila, Philippines
– Vue Privée, Singapore
– Art Residency, Hôtel de Gallifet Art Center, Aix-en-Provence, France
– Art Residency, Fei Gallery (Cao Chang Di), Beijing, China

– Group show, Galerie Modus, France, France
– Solo show, Galerie Saint Charles, Lyon, France
– Lille Art Fair, Galerie Saint Charles, Lille, France
– A Fool’s War, solo show, Coral Contemporary, Nanjing, China

– Art Auction (by Henri Anton), Westminster Hotel, le Touquet, France
– Exhibition at Galerie Flateurville, Paris, France
– Selected to be part of 59 Rivoli, art residence in Paris, France

– Exhibition, Art Up Déco, Paris
– Collective Show, Maille Store, Paris

– Exhibition at Galerie LeHalle, Paris, France