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The Beautiful Life of Bruno Piazza (19 January 1941 – 28 October 2011)

by Susi, 1 November 2011

Bruno Piazza


My beloved husband Bruno Piazza died at home in Bali, at dawn on Friday the 28th of October, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Bruno lived an extraordinary and beautiful life, and (not surprisingly) he died a remarkably beautiful death. He was not an artist, he was Art. His life was his masterpiece. Now he has completed and signed that masterpiece, with a flourish, and it is beautiful indeed. It is perfect.

Please forgive me, and forgive Bruno, for our shortcomings, and for any oversights or mistakes we may have made in the past, and for anything we ever did or said that caused you or anyone else any pain or suffering. The evening I dispersed Bruno’s ashes in the Indian Ocean, I saw a new crescent moon. That  bright sliver of a smile in the sky was the sign of a clean, happy, new beginning for us all.

Hic et nunc was Bruno’s mantra. I am beginning to understand it better and better.


      • abdul smiley
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      • November 2, 2011

      Selamat Jalan Sahabat N Teman Ku....Kami Semua Turut Beduka Cita....Semua Orang Antik Merasa Kehilangan Pa Bruno,Yang kami kenal Sebagai Seorang Teman N Sahabat Yang Baik...Semoga Arwah Pa Bruno Di Terima Disisi Tuhan Yang Maha Esa...N Semoga Ibu Susi Sabar N Tabah Menerima Keadaan Ini....Amin......You are The Best Friend N Masterpice....good Bye.................

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      • November 2, 2011

      Susi, deepest condolences for your loss...

      • Don and Betty Olson
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      • November 9, 2011

      Dear Susan We mourn with you for the loss of your dear Bruno. We understand about loss of a love one and share the depth of grief that you are experiencing. We will see your parents this weekend and learn more about Bruno. We will light a candle in his memory. Love, Betty and Don

      • Jenny
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      • November 13, 2011

      So sorry, suzi, that you have lost the man you loved. Grief is the price paid for love. Sincere best wishes.

      • bernard gautruche
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      • January 7, 2012

      bruno était mon ami de jeunesse (étudiant ) nous partagions un peu des travaux publics puis de sciences po et enfin notre passion automobile pour les voitures anciennes et st germain des prés ! Ma peine est grande d'apprendre son départ alors que je tentais de reprendre contact avec lui ce jour . Mes sincères condoléances .

      • Eddie Chin
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      • February 29, 2012

      R. I. P. Bruno.

      • Susi
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      • March 6, 2012

      Thanks, to you all for posting your natural, earnest messages. Much appreciated. And I'm very certain Bruno would smile a big grin under his round glasses, knowing that you care.

      • Leslie Cooper
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      • October 11, 2012

      Suzi, i was so blessed to have known Bruno when in the late 1990's he was in Miami briefly working as a buyer for a Belgian man named Alain. i was Alain's realtor and so came to spend a good bit of time with Bruno and the other buyer as we searched for the perfect store location. Bruno had such a special joy in every form of his art; design, his personal style, photography, and most importantly, his life. i am deeply sad for your loss and for not ever seeing Bruno after his Miami days. For years i received his special New Year's emails and always thought that one day i would travel to Bali to see him immersed in his element and to meet you. His smiling eyes behind his round glasses will always be in my memory.

      • mike
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      • October 25, 2012

      I have just found out about the death of Bruno and am shocked and sad beyond measure. I worked with and for him from 1974 for 25 years or so and he was charming funny and generous. When I arrived in Belgium he took me under his wing and helped me over all the administrative and practicall difficulties of moving to another country. He was there (very late!) at my wedding and he was a true friend. I am diminished by his death, but pleased that he found happiness in Bali. God bless you Bruno!

      • Francois Mandeville
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      • July 2, 2013

      I am here in Hong Kong, working intensively like everybody else (is it a good thing ?), thinking to go to Bali and visit an old friend ,Bruno , and what a shock when I look at the site of the gallery ...Time is the precious ingredient that we always take for granted and that slips away without a word . I am so sorry Susi . I always liked Bruno a lot and too bad I did not spend more time with him ...he was a fine man and they don't make them like this anymore ! So sorry to read this sad news , Francois

      • Stephen Hellon
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      • January 5, 2014

      All the best Bruno, I remember your wonderful work for John & Helco +your office headquarters in Brussels. People disappear but all good and things of value they create will live on forever.

    • I'm in Naples, FL, and I just found out about the passing of Bruno... I am so sad. We were photographers in Brussels, and he was a dear friend... His life was marked in an extraordinary way by a rare elegance... Elegance in the daily life, elegance in his relationships with the other ones and, above all, heart's elegance, ... My feelings go out to you Susi... Sincerely, Chris P.S. He has exhibited his works in my gallery in 1990 (The Gallery, Brussels). I would like to send you an article about this exhibition... Let me know if you would like to get it...

      • Jean-Claude Goldbrenner
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      • February 3, 2015

      After having lost track of Bruno for a very long time, I just learned of his passing when searching for him on google. Bruno and I went to the same high school in Valenciennes. Then, in our first year as students in Paris, we practically were inseparable. We shared interest in jazz, movies, sport cars (having much fun when he got his MGTF), photography, St Germain des Pres, Montparnasse (Le Select café). He was exploring painting (I remember his experiments with burnt surfaces). We lost track of each other when I went to New York for a few years. Back in Paris, I learned he was in Brussels but never connected again. I am very saddened by his death although I had not seen him in some fifty years. I feel like a very exciting part of my youth is gone with him. I found 2 pictures of him taken in 1961. Susi, if you want, I can send them to you. So sorry for your loss. Jean-Claude

    • just found out about this, I'm very sorry for the loss of Bruno, I don't know this morning I was thinking of him, and started to search. I have not seen him for at least 25 years, I have nice memories of when I was living in Brussels in 1989, I was 19/20, Bruno and Touria were very kind and always had nice parties in their home or to go to, in fantastic proprieties and with amazing people. So sorry for your loss. ciao Bruno. Roberto

        • Susi
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        • July 30, 2018

        i think about bruno always. i miss him, and i also feel joy when i remember him. his advice, ideas, spirit, thoughts, and . . . the echo/memory of that voice! . . . continue to enhance my life every day. your name is familiar to me, so bruno certainly spoke of you and kept you in his thoughts. i may have some photos of you from those parties in brussels! i keep in touch with tourya -- she's amazing -- and we have become friends. on 25 august i am opening my third new gallery here in the USA -- focusing on art, artefacts, and the zeitgeist -- of 1960s, 1970s, 1980s creative people and movements. many of bruno's treasures, ephemera, collections, and studio equipment are part of the gallery. i have named it "ZEBRA underground PRODUCTIONS unlimited". My other two galleries are also tributes to bruno in some way -- they are "Aspidistra" and "Rosebud". Bruno always used to remind me, when he was away on a trip or in for cancer treatment, to "Keep the Aspidistra Flying". :) And "Rosebud", of course, is another tribute -- there I offer antiques and appurtenances for "the man who has everything". :) :) :) Some of the inventory is from the old Rosebud(s) Bruno had in Brussels. it has been extremely hard for me since bruno died, but finally i am getting my groove back. he would be proud. or is proud.

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