Bernard Saint-Maxent was born in Paris in 1970.
The artist is self taught and this has allowed him to follow his own ideas in choice of new materials and to integrate all new kinds of elements to his creations. Bernard has exhibited and sold his work to the public since 20014.His current work revolves around the pranks of an omnipresent rangy character, who is full of life.
He is trying to give movement and life to his sculptures. His inspiration comes from the burlesque scenes of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, from current events to advertising, the contradictions of modern life and his own ravings. Even if the subjects he covers don€™t always make you smile, they are nonetheless treated with humour and a zest for life. It is a means for him to draw the eye of the onlooker for reflection.
Each sculpture is different and €œone off€ because there is no cast. They are created with a metallic structure around which he models with resin and then applies a varnish. After a day he applies two coats of bronze paint and after another day he finishes with a patina that looks like bronze. The specs are made separately!Recently, Bernard has stopped using canvas and instead superimposes his sculpture on to Aluminium which gives a more startling effect.
Bernard’s work is in great demand and he exhibits exclusively with the Linda Blackstone Gallery in the UK. His work is to be found on a permanent basis in galleries in Honfleur, Paris, St. Paul de Vence, Courchevel, Quebec and Athens. He is represented by us at international art fairs in New York, Miami, Hong Kong and Singapore where his work is loved and collected by so many.
Bernard feels that art should be light-hearted, and that it should bring pleasure.