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Italian, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 24 March 1955, in Millesimo (Savona).

Sculptor (marble/bronze), draughtswoman, pastellist, art restorer. Mythological figures. Statues, groups, low reliefs.

Claudia Amari entered the Accademia di Brera in Milan in 1974, and also trained in the marble-working studios of Sem Ghelardini, Palla and Grossi in Pietrasanta and Carrara. Then in ...


French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 17 January 1866, in Vienne; died 7 January 1931, in Boulogne-sur-Seine.

Painter, sculptor, draughtsman, watercolourist, illustrator. Figures. Monuments.

The son of a stonemason employed on the restoration of monuments in the Rhône valley, Joseph Antoine Bernard accompanied his father from the age of 12, learning the art of direct stone-carving which he was subequently to practice throughout his life. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyons, and under Pierre Jules Cavelier at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris for a six-month period in ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 27 March 1937, in Veigné.

Painter, sculptor, art restorer.


Dutch, 20th century, male.

Born 1894, in Sprang; died 1949.

Painter, sculptor (including wood), draughtsman (including charcoal/ink), decorative artist, art restorer. Figure compositions, figures, scenes with figures, genre scenes, landscapes with figures, seascapes, animals.

In 1906, Hendrik Chabot's family settled in Rotterdam, where he worked as a decorative artist as well as attending evening classes at the art academy. In ...


Italian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 24 June 1842, in Agnona; died 5 January 1912, in Aosta.

Sculptor (wood).

Comoletti specialised in the restoration of paintings and in making copies.


French, 20th century, male.

Born 6 July 1928, in Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Sculptor (wood).

At the age of 14, Pierre Dedieu began an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker with a restorer of antique furniture. During a long period in New Caledonia, he studied the techniques of Kanac sculpture and African art more generally. His first works, Surrealist in inspiration, date ...


Jean-Pierre de Bruyn

Belgian painter, sculptor, illustrator, and stage designer. He studied music at the Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium and sculpture at the Gewerbeschule, Ghent (after 1877). He visited Paris in 1887 and Italy in 1890, with a grant from the city of Ghent. He was deeply impressed by the masters of the Quattrocento, and was encouraged to take up painting after meeting Constantin Meunier (...


French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 16 December 1946, in Boulogne-sur-Seine.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, sculptor, art restorer. Figures, landscapes, still-lifes.


Béatrice Flaud studied history of art at the École du Louvre in Paris, and received a broad artistic education, studying engraving, painting and art restoration....


W. Iain Mackay

Peruvian painter, potter and sculptor. He had little formal education, but after training as a boxer in Lima he settled in Buenos Aires, where his interest in pottery led him to set up a workshop for the conservation of Pre-Columbian pottery and for the manufacture of pottery in the style of this period. He learnt to sculpt and studied painting under ...


British, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 21 February 1860, in Cardiff; died 15 December 1952, in London.

Sculptor. Monuments.

William Goscombe John assisted his father, a woodcarver to the third Marquis of Bute, in the restoration of Cardiff Castle. He continued his training at Cardiff School of Art, Lambeth City and Guilds School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. He lived and worked in London, and was a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. He was made a member of the Royal Academy in ...


Congolese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 27 August 1948, in Kimbembele Ihunga (now in Democratic Republic of Congo).

Sculptor. Architectural views.

Bodys Isek Kingelez is self-taught. He lives and works in Kinshasa. After working on the restoration of traditional masks, Kingelez launched out into making maquettes in paper, cardboard, plastic or adhesive, inspired by the colonial architecture of the 1930s and 1950s. He makes meticulous, perfectly designed maquettes of imaginary furniture from pieces of recycled paper and cardboard. Each of his extraordinary creations, decorated with symbols, flags or signs, is accompanied by a text with a long descriptive commentary....


Romanian, 20th century, male.

Active in Austria from 1979.

Born 20 July 1945, in Cluj.

Sculptor (including wood), art restorer. Busts.

From 1959 to 1964, Josef Koppandi studied at the art college in Cluj. In 1970, he graduated from the Ion Andreescu institute of fine arts in Cluj. He began by sculpting busts of famous Romanian and Hungarian historical and cultural figures. In Austria, he played an important role in the restoration of churches and historic monuments in Innsbruck, Götzen and Stams. Most of his private works comprise life-size sculptures in wood, tending towards the abstract but based on human, animal and plant evocations: ...


Belgian, 20th century, male.

Born 1909, in Molenbeek-St-Jean; died 21 January 1988, in Brussels.


Frans Lamberechts lived in France between 1924 and 1832, working on the restoration of churches and ancient monuments. On his return to Brussels, he completed his studies between 1925 and ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 17 April 1906, in Gourdon (Lot); died 15 May 1991, in Choisy-le-Roi.

Sculptor (including bronze), draughtsman, art restorer. Figures, animals. Low reliefs, statues, busts, medallions, decorative schemes.

André Lavaysse started his training in Cahors, before moving to Paris, where he was guided by Charles Despiau. He carried out numerous restoration commissions on historical monuments in Paris, such as: the trophies of Hôtel Coislyn, Place de la Concorde, the trophies of the Ministère de la Marine and of the Palais de l'Élysée, the sculptures in the church of la Madeleine and the low reliefs of the Arc de Triomphe, and the recumbent effigies on the tombs and the sculptures in the Basilica of St Denis....


Swiss, 19th – 20th century, male.

Active in Switzerland and France.

Born 1862, in Poissy, France, to Swiss parents.

Sculptor, designer of ornamental architectural features, art restorer.

Raphaël Lugeon was the son of the sculptor David Lugeon and worked under the direction of his father on the restoration of Lausanne Cathedral, after which he perfected his art at the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He worked in Paris on the decoration of the Hôtel de Ville and the Basilique du Sacré Coeur. Finding himself in demand in Lausanne, he interrupted his activities in Paris to return to Switzerland and continue the restoration of the cathedral there. He took part in the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris in ...


Deborah Cullen

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was founded in 1929 by patrons Lillie P(lummer) Bliss, Cornelius J. Sullivan and Rockefeller family, §1 to establish an institution devoted to modern art. Over the next ten years the Museum moved three times and in 1939 settled in the Early Modern style building (...


Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1933, in Biella (Piedmont).

Painter, sculptor, installation artist, photographer, writer.

Arte Povera.

The son of an art restorer, Michelangelo Pistoletto lives and works in Turin, and also teaches at the academy of fine arts in Vienna.Pistoletto's early works, painted during the 1950s, consisted of self-portraits against a monochrome background that revealed an interest in the work of Francis Bacon. He made his name from ...


French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 22 October 1947, in Paris.

Sculptor. Still-lifes, animals.

Christian Renonciat studied literature and philosophy before turning to the restoration of works of art, notably in wood. In 1975, he opened his own sculpture studio in Valbonne. Renonciat is noted for his trompe l'oeil items, such as sheets, blankets, pillowcases, packaging materials, decorative plastic sheeting, clothes, suitcases and so on, but he has also produced human figures (such as his David), animal studies (horses, grasshoppers) and mythological subjects, such as Pegasus and Icarus, typically carved from lime, alder, cedar or sycamore. In all instances, he betrays a keen awareness of the essential. As of ...


German, 20th century, male.

Born 1938, in Düsseldorf.

Sculptor, draughtsman.

Ulrich Rückriem started out as an apprentice stonemason and was involved in the restoration of Cologne Cathedral. He taught sculpture in Hamburg from 1974. Rückriem worked initially on portrait busts and funerary statuary, but marked his debut as a sculptor with a first geometrical abstract piece entitled ...


Turkish, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in France.

Born 1953, in Istanbul.

Painter, watercolourist, draughtswoman, sculptor, mixed media, performance artist.

Art Brut.

Art-Cloche Group.

Saban studied restoration in Istanbul, sculpture in Tel Aviv and painting in Haifa, and from 1977 to 1980 at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She was a member of the ...