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Canadian First Nations (Oji-Cree), 20th century, female.

Born 28 March 1971, in Yorkton (Saskatchewan).

Installation artist, ceramicist, photographer, sculptor, printmaker.

KC Adams studied at Concordia University, in Montreal, Quebec, where she received her BFA in Studio Arts in 1998. Her artistic practice was further developed through artists’ residencies in Canada, at institutions in Banff, Charlottetown and Winnipeg. During her ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 22 June 1952, in Bordeaux.

Painter (including mixed media), sculptor, potter. Stage sets.

At the age of 24, Philippe Aïni gave up his job as a pastry cook to become an artist, although he lacked any training. At first, he was supported and encouraged to exhibit by Jean-Pierre Roche of the Galerie Émergences in Bordeaux (...

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Lisa M. Binder

(b Anyako, Ghana, June 13, 1944).

Ghanaian sculptor, active in Nigeria. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sculpture (1968) and a postgraduate diploma in art education from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana (1969). After graduation he taught at the Specialist Training College (now University of Winneba), Ghana, in a position vacated by the eminent sculptor Vincent Kofi. From 1975 he was Professor of Sculpture at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Anatsui’s practice often makes use of found objects including bottle caps, milk-tins and cassava graters. However, he is not concerned with recycling or salvaging; instead he seeks meaning in the ways materials can be transformed to make statements about history, culture and memory.

His early work consists of ceramic sculptures manipulated to reconfigure pieces of memory. In 1978 he began his Broken Pots series, which was exhibited the following year at the British Council in Enugu, Nigeria. Several of the ceramic works were made of sherds that were fused together by a grog-like cement of broken pieces. Making art historical references to ...

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Norwegian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Italy 1979-1984, then in France.

Born 1955, in Oslo.

Sculptor, installation artist.

From 1979-1981 Per Barclay attended courses at the Istituto Statale in Florence, from 1981-1983 at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, and from 1983-1985 at the academy in Rome....

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Native American (Wiyot and Yurok), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Newport (Oregon).

Sculptor, painter, ceramicist, mixed-media artist, print-maker.

Rick Bartow of the Wiyot and Yurok Nations of Northern California works in a number of media to create images which often reference indigenous North American transformation myths. His work with the Maori artist John Bevan Ford has also been an influence. In ...

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Canadian First Nations (Ojibwa), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1942 or 1943, in M’chigeeng (West Bay), Manitoulin Island. Died 2005, Ottawa.

Draughtsman, painter, ceramicist, installation artist.

Carl Beam, a distinguished Ojibwa artist, was the first Canadian indigenous artist to gain recognition for contemporary Native American art by having one of his pieces accepted into the National Gallery of Art (Ottawa). He achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria, and ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 10 February 1948, in Ajaccio (Corsica).

Assemblage artist, performance artist.

Elie Cristiani abandoned his psycho-pedagogical studies in 1971 to work as an artisan, mainly in ceramics and statuary. He learned his trade in various workshops in France and Italy and in ...

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Italian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 14 November 1949, in Morro d'Alba (province of Ancona, Marche).

Sculptor, draughtsman, painter, mixed media, potter. Figures, landscapes, architectural views.

Transavanguardia.

Enzo Cucchi is 'the third C' of the Italian Transavangardia movement, with Sandro Chia and Francesco Clemente. He spent some time at the school in Macerata working in conceptual art and also as a restorer. He lives and works in Ancona and Rome....

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 19 November 1950, in Chaumont (Haute-Marne).

Sculptor (including wood), ceramicist, installation artist. Low reliefs, artists' books.

Martine Diersé is a graduate of the École des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. She settled in the Ardèche, France. She has made artists' books, such as ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 17 May 1947, in Paris.

Painter, collage artist, sculptor of assemblages, mixed media, potter.

Odile Frachet was originally a decorator of crockery and porcelain, and has taught in a number of different workshops. She creates ceramic panels and collages, in a solidly structured, naturalistic yet abstract style. She also made a fountain for the water treatment factory in Toulouse....

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in Paris.

Sculptor of assemblages (ceramics).

François Geissmann spent his childhood in Argentina. During his first stay in Japan between 1971 and 1973, he stayed at a Zen monastery before studying pottery. From 1975 to 1979, with the help of a French government grant, he studied ceramic art at the fine arts school in Kyoto. In ...

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Native American (Seneca and Onondaga Nations), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 8 June 1947, on Cattaraugus Indian Reservation (New York).

Sculptor, ceramicist, installation artist.

Peter B. Jones was born and raised on the Seneca Indian Reservation at Cattaraugus, New York, where his father’s family lives. He is also descended from the Onondaga Nation on his mother’s side. His work in ceramics has become widely collected and is shown in major exhibitions in North America and abroad. In ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1958, in La Clayette (Saône-et-Loire).

Installation artist, painter. Multimedia.

Conceptual Art.

Since 1997, Anne-Marie Jugnet has been producing work in collaboration with Alain Clairet. In her early work, Jugnet often used a photographic process and neon lighting, which constructed and conceptualised around words or phrases which she 'brought into dialogue' with different environments. Working with Alain Clairet, the two artists seek to define the conditions of production of an object, to understand how it exists within reality, what it represents. To do this they deconstruct. Hence the 'American Series' in which elements of town plans, including empty, unbuilt areas that are displayed in guide books, are enlarged to a human scale. These works question the notions of emptiness, of flat geometric areas, of non-perspective, of reference, of a different way of perceiving. Another series of paintings, the ...

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Algerian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947, in Ain-Beida.

Painter (mixed media), engraver, potter.

Koraichi studied at the school of fine art in Algiers, before continuing his education in Paris. He began as an engraver and practised calligraphy inspired by ethnic and then imaginary sources, which he transposed onto various materials such as wood, parchment, silk, and ceramic....

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in the USA.

Born 11 January 1955, in San Rafael (California).

Sculptor, installation artist.

Christian Marclay was born in California but raised in Geneva. He studied sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, in the late 1970s and at the Cooper Union, New York. He is a New York-based visual artist and composer who was a pioneer of the remix culture and is prominent in the avant-garde music scene. Since ...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Lille.

Painter, collage artist.

Jacques Mayeux studied sculpture and ceramics at the École des Arts Appliqués in Roubaix before attending Jean Brizy's studio in Lille. He began teaching art in 1970, based in Terdeghem (Nord). He first produced pottery then developed a technique of paper collage on canvas. His abstract compositions usually stand out for their fine shaded tones. Human shapes, faces or bodies, appear later. He has taken part in collective exhibitions in Lille and other northern cities and in the Salon de Mai in Paris. He has shown his works in solo exhibitions in several Lille galleries....

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Danish, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in Germany since 1982.

Born 1948, in Copenhagen.

Installation artist, sculptor.

Kirsten Ortwed has lived and worked in Cologne since 1982. She uses bronze, aluminium, terracotta, wax, plaster or resin for her wall- or floor-based sculptures. She draws inspiration from flowing objects, baths and supermarket trolleys, among other things, to create shapes, sometimes positive, sometimes negative, disparate to look at, which she picks up in subsequent work and thus introduces them into the story of her œuvre. She integrates in her compositions - which evoke a battlefield with various bits of armour - metal chains whose function is to join together the ensemble, the colours and the brilliance of the materials used. In this chaos, she invites the viewer to see shapes through her eyes and their metamorphosis....

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Spanish, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1955, in Benavente.

Painter, sculptor, mixed media, potter.

Mabela Regueras Grande started by undertaking sculptural and ceramic projects based on figurative themes, after which he quickly moved on to abstraction using coloured paper, old newspapers and various types of packing. He has painted abstract compositions, including ...

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German, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1954, in Oldenburg.

Painter, watercolourist, installation artist, sculptor (steel/bronze/ceramics), draughtsman. Scenes with figures, figures, architectural views, still-lifes. Stage sets.

Düsseldorf Constructive Sculpture.

Thomas Schütte was a pupil of Klaus Rinke, Gerhard Richter and Fritz Schwegler from 1973 to 1981...

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Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1 May 1949, in Lessines.

Painter, watercolourist, collage artist, sculptor, potter, draughtsman. Figures.

Léon Surdiacourt studied fine arts in Mons, then in Tournai. He uses several thicknesses of paper in a kind of montage or collage technique, linking a geometric, graphic space to the figure of Diana or Minerva. His works, in which one colour tends to dominate, resemble screen-printing....