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Christian Renonciat

Born in 1947 - France

BIOGRAPHY

?Born in Paris in 1947, I studied literature at the Sorbonne, and I hold a BA in philosophy.

Wishing to have a more concrete activity, I joined Jean-Louis Gonnet?s studio in Antibes, where I learned in six years all the techniques connected to my favorite material, wood. I opened my own studio in 1975 in Valbonne, and my first sculptures were born.

Back in Paris the following year, I had my first exhibition at the Alain Blondel Gallery. Over the years my interest in the material of things as a subject started to get defined, an I was sculpting the wood into various representations, from the more [hyper]realistic to the almost abstract ones.

In 1984, I have taken another parallel track: the monumental works, for which I wanted to combine imagination and technique in a variety of materials (steel, bronze, aluminum but also garden design) employing very often the tone of an imaginary archeology. The installations in Saumur, Tokyo, Sapporo, Atlanta, San Francisco, Monte-Carlo, Aytré, La Rochelle, Paris, Reims, London, etc. witness this direction in my work.

For the last twelve years, I have decided to dedicate myself again full-time to my work in wood, around "the substance of things", and I have a workshop in the Touraine, close to Chenonceaux; I also work in Paris, in my workshop in Issy-les-Moulineaux.?

- Christian Renonciat

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EXHIBITIONS

EXPOSITIONS PERSONNELLES

2011
"Only Wood - froissés composés", Mazel Galerie, Bruxelles (Belgique).

2009
Gremillion & fine arts, Creased, Houston, Texas (USA).

2008
"The way of wood", Shina, Tokyo (Japon).
"Pièces écrites", Galerie Blondel, Paris (France).
"Wood sculptures", Galerie Piretti, Knokke (Belgique).

2007
"The way of wood", Gremillon & C°, Houston, Texas (USA).
"Twins", ISLAND6, Shanghaï (Chine).

2006
"Fleur de peau", Hong Merchant of Shanghai (Chine).
"Le parti pris de la matière des choses", Epernay (France).
Chateau Saint-Jean, Nogent-le-Rotrou (France).
"D'une matière l'autre", Siège d'UPS, Artirum de Genève (Suisse).

2005
"Fleur de peau", Galerie Blondel, Paris (France).

2004
"Douceurs", Galerie Piretti, Knokke (Belgique).

2002
Hooks-Epstein Galerie, Houston, Texas (USA).
Galerie Piretti, Knokke-le-zout (Belgique).
Lineart, Gand (Belgique).

2001
"Le toucher des choses", exposition avec Edelman, Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris (France).
"Toucher du bois", Maison des Arts d'Antony (France).
"Art Classic", Galerie Piretti, Courtrai (Belgique).

2000
Epstein Gallery, avec Edelman, Houston (USA).

1999/2000
Hooks-Epstein Galleries, avec le peintre Edelman, Houston (USA).
"Phenix, cheval de proue", projet de monument pour la rade du Saint-Georges (France), exposition du projet à Beyrouth (Liban).

1999
Exposition rétrospective, Batiment des Forces Motrices, Genève (Suisse).
Exposition à la FIAD de Beyrouth (Liban).

1998
"La voie du bois", à la FIAD de Beyrouth (Liban).
"Juxtapositions", musée d'Art moderne de Dubrovnik (Croatie).
Exposition rétrospective à l'Hotel de Ville d'Issy-les-Moulineaux (France).

1997
"La voie du bois", rétrospective à Séoul (Corée du Sud), Macao (Chine), Hong-Kong, Tokyo (Japon).

1996
"Vernis sages", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris (France).

1995
Exposition Mairie du VIIIe à Paris, avec Rougemont (France).

1994
Expositions Fondation Bouvet-Ladubay, Saumur (France).
Galerie Duetto, Helsinki (Finlande).

1992
"Troublement de Mars", Salon de Mars, Paris (France).

1991
"La matière des choses", rétrospective, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Reims (France).
"Hommage à Léonard", CNAT de Reims (France).

1990
"Hommage à Léonard" : février, Grand Palais ; juin, Museum de la Rochelle ; novembre, Dinard (France).

1989
FIAC, Grand Palais, Troublement, puis Galerie Blondel II, Paris (France).

1988
VIA, Designers saturday, Paris (France).

1987
Avec Hermès, Expositions à Munich (Allemagne), Genève (Suisse), Tokyo (Japon), Hong-Kong.

1986
Rétrospective, Maison de la Culture de La Rochelle (France).
"Pli selon pli", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris (France).

1984
"Eloge du cheval", Galerie Blondel, FIAC, Grand-Palais, Paris (France).
Kunstkeller, Berne (Suisse).

1983
Centre culturel, Vesoul (France).

1982
"Cartons-Trace", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris (France).

1981/1982
International Art Fair, Chicago (USA).

1980
"Emballages", Galerie Alain Blondel, Paris (France).
Galerie Alain Blondel, FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris (France).

1978
"Sur le fil", Galerie du Luxembourg, Paris (France).
Galerie C. Gismondi, Antibes (France).

1976
Antibes, puis Hôtel de Ville de Mougins (France).
MJC Gorbella, Nice (France).

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