When violence renewed the beds of men on earth,
A very old tree, with dry leaves, resumed the thread of his maxims ...
And another senior tree rose from the already large underground Indies
With its magnetic leaf and its load of new fruits.
After studying at the National School of Decorative Arts and the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, Marc Bankowsky first practiced painting. His meeting with the painter José Fabri-Canti lead to found in Corsica Cyrne Arte, a phalanstery bringing together visual artists, actors and musicians. Sculpture, ceramic, mosaic, brassware and ironware workshops, settled in the village of Balagne. He learnt the fresco and mosaic and kept its course while participating in the organization of the first Corsican music festival.
In the 70’s, Marc returned to Paris after a visit to Switzerland, where he discoverd and learnt weaving. Huge hanging cocoons, the "Platforms", borned of his imagination, met a huge success, especially in the biennial of tapestry in Lausanne. Museums and Culture Houses exposed his work. For its opening, the Centre Georges Pompidou commissioned a monumental work installed at the entrance. His taste for modeling lead him in the 80’s to work bronze, which he vows since, reviving its mythological roots. Peter Marino then asked him to make stools and goldsmith objects for Christian Dior.
The forces of nature, through the vegetable, mineral and animal kingdoms, become furniture and bronze, plaster and resin objects, seducting renowned designers as well as private clients in USA, Europe and Asia.
1949 Birth in Nice.
1965 At 16, Anne Marie Paul decides to leave school to devote herself exclusively to drawing and painting.
1967 Meeting with Alexandre CALDER and Jo DAVIDSON.
1968 In Saint-Paul-de-Vence, meeting with Joan MIRÓ and Aimé MAEGHT who buys several gouaches.
Work in MIRÓ’s workshop.
1969 Join the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Meet Georges MATHIEU who becomes a close friend.
Stay at Saché at Alexandre CALDER. he gives her a workshop to work and gives advice.
First sculptures made of terracotta.
Meeting with CÉSAR with whom she works and participates in the development of certain works.
1970-1973 Sharing the studio of Louis CHAVIGNIER then that of Étienne MARTIN.
Participates in the Young Sculpture Salon, at the Salon des Independents and at the Salon de Mai where she meets Claude VISIEUX. He designates her to leave for Villa Medici.
1974-1976 Resident at the Villa Medici of Rome under the direction of BALTHUS, she befriends FELLINI, Sergio LEONE.
Participates in the casts of the Niobides for the creation of the Balthus Fountain at Villa Medici.
1977 Return to Touraine to work and moved to the property of CALDER following his death.
1981 First trip to the USA.
1984 Exhibition of his sculptures in New York and Los Angeles as part of Art Expo.
1985 Exhibition in New York.
1986 Exhibition in Los Angeles.
1988 Appointed at the University of Paris VIII as a teacher and artist where she obtained her own studio.
1989-2003 Exhibitions in the USA and Europe.
2005 Death of Anne-Marie Paul in Paris.
Graduated from the Academy of Brera, this multicard artist, painter, sculptor, writer, stylist, designer inspired by ancients but also by Chiric, works from the 30's with Gio Ponti, until the 60's. He released a surreal furniture that gives Fornasetti a place quite apart in the Italian design of the 20th century.
Turquoise, pyrite, amber, agates… Nothing is too rare to adorn the creations of the brand of the "meubles bijoux". Created in the 70s in Hong Kong, Kam Tin published very few pieces before stopping its production. It took a turquoise chest to cross paths with Philippe Rapin for the magic to work again. The Quai Voltaire's art dealer developed a passion for his treasures while traveling in Hong Kong and decided to buy the brand. His expertise in decorative art, his taste for the eclectic and contemporary style gave rise to new collections. The first pieces, turquoise or amber cabinets, met great interest among collectors. In October 2012, a turquoise floating cabinet is sold more than 200 000 US dollars at Christie's.
New creations will follow: brass and copper cloud tables, small side tables bronze decorated with turquoise inlay or tiger eye, pyrite enfilades , turquoise bedside or masterful brass chandelier. Those exceptional single or limited edition, are made by artisans/goldsmiths in Philippe Rapin's workshop in Germany.
Today, Kam Tin is illustrated in international fairs (Paris, London, Hong Kong, Beijing) and major auction houses (Christie's London and NY, HK Sotheby's, Bonhams London Arcurial and Piasa in Paris).
1960 Pol Quadens was born in Brussels. His father was active in the fields of composites and metal industry, and Pol is therefore surrounded by the world of materials since his early childhood. After his artistic studies, he starts restoring vintage cars. This experience makes him gain strong practical skills and deep knowledge of all types of materials.
1987 First creations and production of objects. His sensitivity and passion for the arts lead him to the creation of functional artworks. His CD shelf has sold more than 100,000 pieces and has become iconic in its category.
1995 Pol meets with an engineer of the Donnay workshops who makes him discover carbon fiber. He produces the C 06 piece, one of the lightest chairs in the world – 950 grams – that proves commercially very successful.
2000 Release of the 4 inches high Strada women shoes, entirely handmade in carbon fiber. These singular shoes feature a revolutionary detail: they are high but they have no heels. Madonna loves the concept and wears the shoes during one of her concerts.
2007 Pol Quadens enriches his creations by working with new materials and begins to include Corian®. He designs a whole range of furniture pieces for Brussels-based OVO Editions.
2013 Pol Quadens is back to his roots and starts producing high end unique pieces and limited editions in stainless steel.
2014 Publication of his first monograph by Parisian publisher Somogy and distributed by Flammarion.
2017 He signs his iconic « Infinity » bookshelf, an entirely handmade stainless steel piece which has required more than 400 hours of work.
2018 In addition to his designer activities, Pol Quadens shifts also towards art and monumental sculpture and starts developing his work to sculptures. His latest creation is « 16 Stones », a 4.5m high work inspired by the primitive « Cairn », which consists in marking a site or a common area by piling up stones. « 16 Stones » is the first creation of its kind and Pol is now developing the concept for international private collections -interiors and sculpture parks-.
2019 Maison Rapin starts to work with Pol on the Brafa art fair Brussels in January.
He starts a collaboration with a top agent for the sculpture works in New York
Roberto Giulio Rida was born in 1943 in Milan. Facing a solitary youth due to the many moves of his family, the taciturn child draw and collect small sculpted objects. His aunt, an educated woman and artist, encouraged him to visit museums, churches and historical sites. Later, he attended the Brera Academy where he was a brilliant student. But the necessities of life forced him to take odd jobs to survive until his military service. On his return, he began trading art objects. He moved to Venice as an antique dealer and frequents Murano masters who teached him for eight years the craft of glass. In 1973, he returned to Milan, where he specialized in the Arts of the twentieth century. In parallel, he has created lightings and furniture covered with cut glass and crystal. Today Roberto Giulio Rida is an accomplished and atypical artist. Regardless of the artistics movements, he invites the visitor in a strange world where science fiction collide with the Italian Renaissance and the intensity of a mineral light.
ROBERTO GIULIO RIDA (1943) Brioche Box Brass, glass H 16 x L 32 x P 17 cm H 6 1/4 x L 12 5/8 x P 6 3/4 inch Italy, 2016
ROBERTO GIULIO RIDA (1943) "Mandorle" box Brass, glass H 16 x L 32 x P 17 cm H 6 1/4 x L 12 5/8 x P 6 3/4 inch Italy, 2016
ROBERTO GIULIO RIDA (1943) Lamp "Diamante Blu" Brass, Glass H 48 x D 20 cm H 18 7/8 x D 7 7/8 inch Italy, 2016
Roberto Giulio Rida (1943) "Olbia" cabinet Opalin glass H 174 x L 64 x P 42 cm H 68 1/2 x L 25 1/4 x P 16 1/2 inch Italy, 2016
ELFRIEDE BALZAR-KOPP Fennec -Sculpture stoneware Signed "Balzar Kopp" under the animal H 45 x W 45 cm H 17 3/8 x W 17 3/4 inch Germany, circa 1955