Olivier Mosset was born in Bern in 1944 and entered the art world in the early 1960s. He worked as an assistant to Jean Tinguely and then Daniel Spoerri. He arrived in Paris in 1963 and began to question the meaning of art and the role of the artist and took up painting.
At first, Olivier Mosset painted small formats with the letter “A”. Then came some of his emblematic motifs, including a black circle on a white background, which he painted 200 times between 1966 and 1974, his way of reaching degree zero in painting.
In December 1966, he founded the B.M.P.T group in Paris, with Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni. The group disbanded in December 1967, but Olivier Mosset’s art remained radical, culminating in monochromes where “there’s nothing left to see” (Jean Baudrillard). He left Paris for New York in 1977. He frequented the counterculture, multiplying his collaborations. Olivier Mosset now lives and works in Tucson, Arizona.