May 4 - 5 , Site: 449
290 Golden Hills Drive
Portola Valley, CA 94028
May 18 - 19 , Site: 233
235 Mistletoe Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Born in Paris, France, I moved to the US in 1994
As far as I can remember I have always been drawing and building things, but it is a workshop with the sculptor Petrus in 1978, which triggered my passion for sculpture. At that time, I had just completed my education in electrical engineering. Rather than going right away to work, I applied to the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts” in Paris, and studied drawing and sculpture there for two years, before spending several months with Petrus, from whom I learnt the foundation of my clay technique.
However, at the time, a career in art was not really an option for me (or so I thought) and I went back to pursuing a career as an engineer. Eventually, after 35 years with limited artistic activity, I finally got back to art full time. My current focus is on sculpture (clay) and drawing (combining charcoal, ink and watercolor), mostly figurative. These mediums allow me to work quickly, my main interest being to capture life and energy in as spontaneous and raw a manner as possible. I do most of my drawings from life models, my preference being very short poses. I do many of my sculptures from life as well.
I cast my sculptures in bronze, which is time consuming but very rewarding. I spend now my time between my studio in Los Gatos (CA), various life drawing sessions in the Bay area, the West Valley College foundry and Pacific Art league where I teach figure drawing and sculpture..
My objective is to expand my art to other mediums and experiment with new techniques. I also have in mind a few projects using my engineering background to combine art and technology.
Come by and let’s talk about clays, molds, wax, bronze and art in general….. If you come to my studio in Los Gatos (May 18-19), I will be happy to demonstrate some clay or wax work if you are interested…