Marc Petit

Born in 1961 - France


Marc Petit was born in Saint-Céré, region of Lot in 1961 and is today considered to be one of the greatest contemporary sculptors and makes a living with galleries and the art market.

At the age of 14, he tried sculpture and discovered this technique. He comes from a family of artisans, he left high school quickly, and devoted himself to carving stone. But it was through two encounters that his technique and life, took up a whole new meaning. Marc petit came across two sculptors from Beaux-Arts Paris, and they became his mentors. René Fournier and Jean Lorquin. Both of them will give him a sharp eye and thoughts on sculpture.

René Fournier took him towards the art of modeling and provided him with the teachings of Marcel Gimond, a legendary sculptor of the 20th century, known for his creations of busts of political figures or the artistic scene. Jean Lorquin had himself won the Prix de Rome in 1949 and was resident at the Villa Medicis, he provided Petit with a know-how on sculpture and mainly a deep reflexion.

With bronze, terra cotta and plaster, Marc Petit created his first sculptures of human beings. Lonely characters with a gloomy look. They seemed lost, and were dominated by oppressiveness or spite. The body has a tired, disembodied look. One doesn't know if it's a tragedy or a floating moment, like a soul wandering in a limbo. When we are in front of these figures, we put a distance but a voyeuristic one, more confused rather than empathetic.

Marc Petit realized his first personal exhibition at the age of 24 and slowly made his name among galleries and collectors.

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Galerie Nicaise - Paris 2012
St’Art - Galerie Nicolet - Strasbourg 2012
Galerie NacLil - Lille 2012
Salle Saint-Esprit - Valbonne 2012
Galerie Grand’rue - Poitiers 2012/10/09/07/04
Galerie du Château - Renens (Suisse) 2012/09
Le Clos des Cimaises - Saint-Georges-du-Bois 2012/11/10/09
Galerie du Rat mort - Ostende (Belgique) 2012/08/03/02/2000/98
Rétrospective Abbaye d’Auberive 2011
Cahors Juin Jardins 2010
Galerie Art Sud - Toulouse 2010/07/05/04/02/00/98/95/87
Galerie Artset - Limoges 2011/10/08/06/04/02/00/96/93
Galerie Anna Tschopp - Marseille 2010
Galerie Françoise Souchaud - Lyon 2010/07
Véga’Art - Saint-Germain-sur-Rhône 2010
Musée Marc Petit - Ajaccio 2008
Galerie Samantha Sellem et galerie Béatrice Soulié - Paris 2008
Galerie du Saint-James - Bouliac 2008
Les fonds noirs, pastels - Galerie Artset - Limoges 2007
Galerie Sellem - Paris 2006
Musée Henri Martin et Musée Rignault - Cahors et Saint-Cirq-Lapopie 2006
St’Art - galerie Artsud - Strasbourg 2008/06/05/03/01/00/99
La Maison-prés-Bastille - Paris 2006
Le Lazaret Ollandini - Ajaccio 2005
Galerie Jean-Marc Laik - Koblenz (Allemagne) 2004
Galerie Huyses Molensloot - Anvers (Belgique) 2003
Galerie Arnoux - Paris 2001/99
Les chants de la nuit - Saint-Geours-de-Maremne 2001
AB galeria - Granollers (Espagne) 2001/97
Galerie Canvas - Malines (Belgique) 2001
Galerie Joëlle Maulny - Angers 2001/99
Galerie Duchoze - Rouen 2000
Galerie Art Sud - ArtexpoBarcelone (Espagne) 2000/98/96
Conseil Régional du Limousin - Limoges 1998
Galerie Art Sud - Linéart - Gand (Belgique) 1997
Espace Ambuel - Sion (Suisse) 1997
Galerie MH Bou - Decazeville 1997/94/91
Galerie Annick Driguez - Paris 1996/94
Maison des consuls - Saint-Céré 1995
Musée Henri Martin - Cahors 1994
Musée Jean Jaurès - Castres 1993
Galerie Evasion - Liège (Belgique) 1988
Centre culturel - Villeneuve-sur-Lot 1985
Musée Jean Jaurès - Castres 1993


Centre d’art contemporain de l’Abbaye d’Auberive - Auberive
Conseil Régional d’Aquitaine - Bordeaux
Fontaine place du Colisée - Châteauneuf-la-Forêt
Jardin Marcelle Delpastre - Aixe-sur-Vienne
Musée Jean Jaurès - Castres
Musée Goya - Castres
Musée Rapin - Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Maison de l’industrie - Decazeville


16th International Sculpture Triennial - Poznan (Pologne) 2009
Mois du dessin - Galerie Brûlée - Strasbourg 2009
Lille Art Fair - Galerie Richard Nicolet - Lille 2008
Humanités- Abbaye de Sorèze - Sorèze 2008
Les Élysées de l’Art - Galerie Sellem - Paris 2007
Galerie Espace Eqart - Mirande 2007
Kunstkammer Patrick Nelissen - Baarn (Pays Bas) 2006/05
Gemeentemuseum - galerie de Valk - Harlingen (Pays bas) 2006/04
Biennale Au-delà du corps - Aixe-sur-Vienne 2007/05/03/01
Galerie Richard Nicolet - Oppède 2005
Galerie Paschos - Grimaud 2005/1999
Zomertentoonstelling - Koekelaere (Belgique) 2004
Galerie Pierre Marie Vitoux - Paris 2007/04/03/02
Qu’en est-il ? - galerie du rire bleu - Figeac 2004
Holland art fair - galerie GNG - La Haye (Pays bas) 2004
Première biennale de la sculpture - Toulouse 2003
Corps à corps - Fontenay-sous-Bois 2003
Cabinet de curiosité Galerie Béatrice Soulié - Paris 2002
Galerie Emmanuelle Morin-Pittel - Paris 2002
Identités - galerie Art Témoin - Paris 2001
Arténîm - fonderie Couffignal - Nîmes 2001/00
Art fair - galerie Samagra - Los Angeles (U.S.A) 2000
Salon comparaison - Paris 2000
Galerie Rasmus - Odense (Danemark) 2000
Galerie Palz - Beckingen (Allemagne) 2000
10e anniversaire galerie du Rat mort - Ostende (Belgique) 2000
Linéart - galerie du Rat mort - Gand (Belgique) 2000/99‘
Les rencontres du cadran - Saint-Geours-de-Maremne 2000/99
Galerie Duchoze - Rouen 1999
Ecce Homo - galerie Horizon - Colera (Espagne) 1998
Biennale du nu - Laon 1997
Galerie MJ Castelvi - Barcelone (Espagne) 1997
Mont-de-Marsan sculptures - Mont-de-Marsan 1994
Acquisitions - Musée Goya - Castres 1993
Fondation Paul Ricard - Bendor 1990/88/86
Salon d’automne - Paris 1986/85

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