Biography of Baptiste Tavernier

Baptiste Tavernier, born 1981 in France, pursues a creative path that has led him from experimental music through the martial arts of Japan to the painter’s canvas.

Baptiste Tavernier studied Digital Art and Musical Composition at Paris University under Anne Sedes, Horacio Vaggione and José Manuel López López. He took part in several avant-garde musical projects during those years and composed works such as Instants-Faisceaux or 10 Pièces Ephémères. He later released two albums with Japanese shakuhachi player, Sabu Orimo: Sphères (2009) and Kamakura Jūnisō (2012).

Baptiste Tavernier’s path took a dramatic virage in 2006 with the decision to move to Japan and immerse himself in martial arts. Within a decade, he reached high ranks in four disciplines of swordsmanship: naginata (halberd), tankendo (short sword), jukendo (bayonet) and battodo (sword drawing and cutting), studied several classical Japanese martial styles and achieved proficiency in the making and repair of kendo armor. He has written several articles for Japanese journals on the topic of martial arts and budō, and published a book on Miyamoto Musashi. He also studied for several years ikebana, Japanese flower arrangement, and monshō gaku, the Japanese heraldic design. As a (ongoing) side project, he created the kamon knowledge base www.thejapaneseheraldry.com.

In 2010, Baptiste Tavernier sought a fresh creative path and brush in hand, he started to experiment and mix his diverse set of skills onto the canvas…