Paul Guiramand

Paul Guiramand (1926-2008) was born in the town of Saint-Quentin, France. In the early thirties he moved to Paris and became a witness to the violence of war torn France. Two years later he began to study design at the Ville de Paris. Under the guidance of Professor Maurice Brianchon, Guiramand continued his studies at the L'Ecole des Beaux- Arts School in 1943. Brianchon was most influential to Guiramand in his career, as were Picasso and Matisse, both were breaking artistic barriers in 1944 during the Liberation of Paris.

In 1954 he began a series of lithographs at the Atelier of Fernand Mourlot under the council of Charles Sorlier. Mourlot's Atelier was a popular gathering place for such noted artists of the epoch: Miro, Chagall, Estève, Rebeyrolle, Manessier, Cueco, and Cottavoz. Many of these artists became Guiramand's lifelong friends.

Two years later in 1956, The Herzog Gallery in Houston, Texas was the site for Guiramand's first one-man exhibition. In 1959 his next one-man show was at Stanley Johnson's International Gallery of Chicago. Other exhibitions during 1961 were; Hammer Galleries in New York, International Gallery of Chicago and Marlborough Fine Art in London.