Christian Renonciat

Born in 1947 - France


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

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

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

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

"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).

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

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

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

"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).

Epstein Gallery, avec Edelman, Houston (USA).

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).

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

"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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIA, Designers saturday, Paris (France).

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

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

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

Centre culturel, Vesoul (France).

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

International Art Fair, Chicago (USA).

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

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

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

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