BIOGRAPHY STEPHANE CIPRE
Stéphane Cipre was born in Paris in 1968. Coming from a family originally from Nice, they all go back to live in the Côte d'Azur when he was four.
In 1983, he embarked on a CAP of modeling stylist that he obtains with the best mention. At the end of this diploma, he joined the family business in which he designs fur models. Stéphane is enriched with knowledge in the fashion world, and learns the need and accuracy of manual work from the best workmen in France. His enthusiasm allows him a rapid rise and becomes a workshop leader at the age of twenty. During this experiment, Stéphane takes the opportunity to draw models for the collection of Chacok among his own models.
In search of maturity, the young man broke with the family collaboration and restarted his studies in 1993. This time, he follows the teaching of Fine Arts in the evening at Villa Thiole in Nice, and continues this apprenticeship In 1997 at the Louvre school, at the Museum of Photography with the History of Art.
That same year, Stéphane Cipre realized his first sculptures. Certainly still attached to his experience in fashion, he started this new career by a work of figuration. With all the beauty and sensibility that inspires him, it is the female body that is going to emerge from the young hands of the artist. Its shapes, curves and cambers are rethought and worked by Stéphane using bronze, steel, copper or even reinforced concrete.
In 1999, the novice sculptor meet the painter Roland Coquerille. Thanks to the long conversations that these two men maintain, the artistic thought of Stéphane opens and develops. Very soon, the sculptor assimilates the importance of standing out and is now concerned to give a personal identity to his work.
Stéphane then turns to a work on writing. Should we rather say that he reworks the writing? With accuracy and precision, he modulates it so that the subject it designates appears through the writing. His art is thus a surprising confusion between the signified and the signifier, in which both are perfectly complementary and inseparable.
In the same way, the portraits realized by the sculptor are born of a true match between the name and the face of each personality. Here again, the letters are integrated into the image. And these two elements, in an incontestable harmony, mingle to become only one.
In another approach, the artist works on representations of existential subjects, feelings or cultural domains that all have in common their impalpable, elusive character. Once again, thanks to his writing, he personifies them and puts them on pallets of transport or in the form of maritime containers.
A true artist of his generation, Stéphane Cipre works as much on computer to give birth to his sculptures as in his studio to realize them.
In a decade, the contemporary artist has established himself in the galleries of the most beautiful cities of France and Europe, and has seen his works integrate the heritage of some international foundations. Recently, his art has been the subject of great excitement abroad. The sculptor is one of the first European artists to be received in India, notably in Bombay and New Delhi.
This rapidity of evolution is only a reflection of the artist's fierce determination and passion for his work.
So how far will he go and how will he continue to advance his artistic approach?