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Nicolas Lavarenne was born in 1953 in Chamalières, France. Both his
parents were art teachers and his father was also a painter. It would be
easy to assume from this that Lavarenne simply chose to follow in his
parent’s footsteps, however, he did not, instead he pursued his interest
in technical drawing and attended Les Eucalyptus Technical College,
Nice. Subsequently he spent several years working in the motorcycle
It was only later when he questioned the direction of his
life, that he returned to art and decided to become a sculptor.
Lavarenne, is largely self-taught and his early works were very much a
process of trial and error. Originally he carved wooden decorations for
furniture but did not find the results satisfactory. While sculpting
mannequins Lavarenne begin experimenting with the mediums of plaster and
wax eventually progressing to bronze and developing the distinctive
oeuvre we see today.
Lavarenne refers to sculpture as 'a presence – a
presence, if possible, with an expression'. His works clearly do have
presence and evoke the movement and dexterity of an acrobat or dancer.
Previous works have been referred to ‘as angels who have not fallen, but
have been planted as if they are attached to earth, ready to fly away’.
Lavarenne’s works can be found in public and private collections
throughout Europe and the USA, and he has won several awards in
recognition of his work including the 1998 Prix du Public, Antibes and
most recently the 2013 Prix de la Napoule.
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