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Vaco Baissac: Light and colours in abundance

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Vaco Baissac is most definitely one of the greatest contemporary Mauritian painters. His paintings, stained glasses, jewels, bronzes and ceramics illustrate the sun, the light and the enthralling colors of the nature Mauritius, his favorite muse.

Born in Mauritius in 1940, Vaco Baissac showcased his artwork for the first time at only 18 years old. Two years later, in 1960, he holds his second exhibit in Réunion Island. From 1960 to 1963, he works with Serge Constantin and Siegfried Sammer at Plaza theatre before flying to Paris and Brussels, a year later, for his studies.


Vaco Baissac then embarks on an African discovery for 20 years on the continent. He returns to Mauritius in 1990 and opens an art workshop where he teaches children and adults. The main companies of the island order his imposing mural paintings. He also regularly exhibits with his students before inaugurating his own gallery in Grand Bay, in presence of then President of the Republic Cassam Uteem.


The artist has represented Mauritius at major international exhibitions and exhibited his artwork from Switzerland to Paris and Italy to Hong Kong. He also showcases his artwork in Mauritius to the delight of art aficionados.  In 2005, he unveils “Voyages aux mers du Sud”, paintings inspired from a 2004 adventure in Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia and Marquesas Islands. His efforts were recognized in 2018 when he was awarded the ‘National Award’ “for outstanding contribution in the field of visual arts”, an award that epitomizes “sixty years of Creole painting.”



Vaco Baissac still works relentlessly on numerous art projects for the private and public sectors in his workshop in Grand Bay.


World Art Day celebrated on April 15


The International Association of Art (IAA) with the support of UNESCO organized the first World Art Day in 2012. These two institutions chose April 15, the birth date of universal genius Leonardo de Vinci, to celebrate art and artists throughout the world.



Beachcomber Group will invite children to discover the art world of Vaco Baissac on April 15 through a myriad of activities. This event is a follow-on to the enriching experience from November 24, 2018 to January 15, 2019, whereby the group was the official sponsor of the exhibit ‘Picasso’ at the Blue Penny Museum. Children were invited to discover one of the most prominent artistic personalities of the 20th century.