Mihagui (Robert Bouchin)
Robert Bouchin - Mihagui was born in 1945 in Vinh Phu Province, Viet Nam and was of Vietnamese origin. He studied fine art from 1961 – 1964 in Surgères – 37, France. Early in his life, he moved to France and traveled in the painting circles of Montmartre, to the detriment of his studies. He determined at a fairly young age that his passion was painting and his future was in art.
Mihagui was interested in pictorial techniques and pigments and was greatly influenced by the works of Zaou Wou Ki, a French-Chinese painter who he defined as his "great Master". At the age of 25, Mihagui decided to concentrate his energies on a personal style which is somewhere between abstraction and post-impressionism. In 1975, he spent six months working on the restoration of Saint Augustin's Church dome believing that there was no better inspiration than that born from manual work in such a spiritual place. Mihagui was always personally very reserved and humble and understated information about himself and collectors of his work. In actuality, many French singers and actors hold significant collections of his pieces.
His undeniable ability is reflected in a style that generally uses warm tones and distinctive techniques. Mihagui only produced about 50 paintings a year and was truly grateful to people who appreciated his art. He believed that “to be” was more important than “to have” and was very generous with his time and talents often donating his paintings to charities. Before his untimely death, he was living in Vietnam refreshing his memories with the magical and mysterious landscapes of his country of birth.