Guy Buffet was born in Paris in 1943. His father took young Guy for walks in Montparnasse to show him famous landmarks such as "La Coupole”, (one of the artist's favorite eateries even today), where famous artists such as Modigliani, Picasso, Chagall, Braque and Foujita would spend most of their days and evenings. Those artists became heroes and models for Guy's future life. One summer, he was invited to spend some time in the country with an artist friend of the family, and he fell in love with the smells and the feelings of an artist's studio. By the end of the visit, he had completed a large 2’ x 3’ painting, which surprised everyone for it's composition and wonderful colors and brush strokes. In fact, it was so well-received that the artist friend wouldn't let Guy use his studio ever again! Guy decided at that moment to become an artist.
At 14, he moved to the south of France with his mother, and enlisted in the Beaux Arts School of Toulon to study art full time. Most teachers were professional artists of the School of Provence, with pallettes of bright colors and canvasses that were pure joy and love of life, or as the French say, "joie de vivre"! This influence is clearly recognizable in Guy’s work to this day.
Guy Buffet’s famous images depict restaurants, people, landscapes, cities and of course, Hawaii (one of his favorite locations). His whimsical renditions and fine artwork have been admired and collected worldwide for many decades. Although humoristic at times, Guy’s depictions are never denied of candor and tenderness. After 50 years painting and traveling throughout world, he is often recognized (especially in restaurants). Once the staff realizes he is there, many will offer to pose on the spot!
Those who know Guy well have dubbed him, "The Wandering Artist”, which suits him very well! Guy says: "I have been fortunate enough to travel the world and I have many interests. I read and research continuously to learn and stay fresh with ideas. The Italian countryside, Amsterdam, China, Tahiti, India and other exotic locations have found their way onto my canvasses, and I have a deep love of dogs, so you will see lots of those, too. Over the years, I have been commissioned by numerous corporations, including Aloha Airlines, Grand Marnier, Absolut Vodka, Inter-Continental Beachcomber-Tahiti and Westin and Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Champagne Perrier-Jouet, and Williams-Sonoma. I have had many products made from my designs, and for all of this I am humbled. What a wonderful life this is! I meet many wonderful people along the way and I hope to make your acquaintance and welcome you into my world!”