Contemporary sculptor Darbaud was born in 1943 in Aix en Provence. After his secondary studies he joined the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in the classes of Jacques Busse, Jean Aujame and Ozip Zadkine.

For many years he worked as a decorator on numerous films for cinema and television and at the same time pursued his activity as a painter and sculptor. In 1993 he exhibited a series of large drawings in graphite on wood at the Touchaleaume Gallery and moved to the South of France where he created and animated a painting and sculpture academy.

In 2000 he began to work on a sculpture of purely Africanist inspiration, which very quickly found its audience in the context of major events in Paris at the PAD, Brussels at the BRAFA, Antwerp, Geneva, Miami as part of ART BASEL. His works are part of numerous national and international private collections.

His naturalist style draws its inspiration from old photographic documents and obeys a permanent concern to seize in clay all these identity "details": headdress, jewels, scarifications... which will be then magnified by the bronze.

In addition to sculpture, he also creates luminous sculptures and design objects...


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