ARTWORKS

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1952 in Limoges, France, Jean Marie FIORI, graduated from the National School of Fine Arts (École Nationale des Beaux-arts) in Paris, devoted to Sculpture, and more specifically to the representation of animals. Before that, he was a painter and realized numerous projects of decoration.

In his workshop populated by his “beasts”, as an inheritor of the realistic artists during the inter-war period, he works alabaster and marble in direct carving. The subtle translucency of the material allows him to develop his talent by giving a rich resonance to the color that characterizes his sculptures.

Jean-Marie FIORI adapts his technique to different animals that he portrays, from pure, smooth lines of oryx or panda to rough, waved fur of ram and bear.

During the years, he improved his mastery of bronze and enriched his imaginary bestiary of designed furniture and monumental installations.

In 1997, he was the architect of “The Passage of Animals (Tour aux bêtes)” in Majorque, Spain; and in 1999, “The Dolmen of Serris (Dolmen de Serris)” for Marne-la-Vallée. In 2000, he conceived a zodiac for La Monnaie de Paris (Hotel des Monnaies de Paris).

It was at this time that he aroused admiration and friendship of the decorator Alberto Pinto. Then he developed a language of plastic arts closer to the Decorative Arts, as Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne did in their times. He transformed deer into chairs and falcon into table, with a sense of humor and his own originality specific to his works.

For the immense variety of his forms, the strength given to his sculptures and his delicate work with the pigments that color his œuvre, he was rewarded by the prize Edouard-Marcel Sandoz in 2009 and exhibited in the Museum of the 1930s of Boulogne (Musée des Années 30 de Boulogne) in 2012.

In 2010, Jean-Marie FIORI was selected by the Chinese Official Committee of World Expo in Shanghai to create a set of urban furniture consisting of five benches. Inspired by traditional Chinese symbols, he reinterpreted turtle, bull, tiger, buffalo and duck.

This commission gave a new breath to his art, offering him the opportunity to combine the nobility of bronze to the strength of lacquer for the first time.

Renewed emotions encourage artist to create a series of four heads of Macaw in 2013.

In 2014, he pursued his monumental work with a bronze piece “Arc of birds (Arche aux oiseaux)” for the astonishing architecture, following the series started with the “Wall of Adam and Eve (Mur d’Adam et Eve)”. And he composed an original poetic space where art and nature echoed together.

On the occasion of French May 2014 and Art Basel Hong Kong, Jean-Marie FIORI realized a monumental bronze work – Monument for a Horse – exhibited in the heart of the Statue Square in Central.

This piece is then exhibited in Beirut in September 2014 for the Beirut Art Week in front of Le Gray Hotel and later presented for the first time in Paris during PAD 2015 at the Tuileries Garden.

In October 2014, a retrospective exhibition of the sculptor’s works is dedicated to him at Galerie DUMONTEIL in New York. 

CURRICULUM VITAE

1952 born in Limoges
Graduated from the École Nationale des Beaux-arts

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014
French May, “Monument for a Horse”, Monumental Installation, Statue Square, Central, Hong Kong, China
Beirut Art Week, “Monument for a Horse”, Monumental Installation, Le Gray, Beirut, Lebanon
“The Whimsical”, Galerie Dumonteil, New York, USA

2010
Exposition Universelle de Shanghai, Chinese Pavilion, Installation of Sculptures-Benches, Shanghai, China

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 
« Anima Animalis », Galerie Dumonteil Paris, France

2018 
« Animal Spirit », Galerie Dumonteil New York, USA

2017
« 35 New Space Opening », Galerie Dumonteil Shanghai, China

2016
“Trois siècles d’élégance, Manufacture de Sèvres (1740-2015) “, Jinsha Museum, Chengdu, China
“Trois siècle d’élégance, Manufacture de Sèvres (1740-2015) “, Qujiang Fine Arts Museum, Xi’An, China
“Animal Farm - Beastly muses and Metaphors”, Sotheby’s S2 Gallery, London, UK

2015
“Sèvres: Porcelain of the Kings“, Hong Kong University Museum, Hong Kong, China

2012
“100 Sculptures Animalières : des Années 30 à l’Art Contemporain”, with for the contemporary part: Wim Delvoye, Claire Morgan etc, Musée des Années 30, Boulogne-Billancourt, France

2010
Volkhonka Art Center, Moscow, Russia

2005
“El arca del siglo XX“, Fundacion Caja Castelloni - BBK, Bilbao, Spain

2004
Carré Rive Gauche, Paris, France
Armory Show, New York, USA
Antiques Chicago. L’œuvre « Grande Cheminée de bronze » fait l’affiche du salon.Chicago, USA

2003
FRAC, Région PACA, Sélection de 3 grandes pièces, France

1999
“Les Sculpteurs et l’Animal dans l’Art du XXe siècle : Bugatti, César, Guyot, Pompon etc “, Hôtel de la Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France
“Parque de le Memoria“, Buenos Aires Ciudad Exposicion, Buenos Aires, Argentina

1994
“Les Journées de Courson“ Domaine de Courson, France
“Biennale Internationale de l’émail“, Limoges, France

1985
“60e anniversaire de l’exposition des Arts Décoratifs“, Grand Palais, Paris, France


1988
Espace Cardin, Paris, France

SELECTED FAIRS

2019
ART021, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China
UNIQUE DESIGN Shanghai, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China
WESTBUND Shanghai, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China
PAD London, Galerie Dumonteil, London, UK
PAD Monaco, Galerie Dumonteil, Monaco
PAD Genève (Artgenève), Galerie Dumonteil, Geneva, Switzerland
PAD Paris, Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, France

2018
DESIGN SHANGHAI, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China
JING ART Beijing, Galerie Dumonteil, Beijing, China
GFAA Beijing, Galerie Dumonteil, Beijing, China
PAD London, Galerie Dumonteil, London, UK
PAD Genève (Artgenève), Galerie Dumonteil, Geneva, Switzerland
PAD Paris, Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, France

2017
GFAA Beijing, Galerie Dumonteil, Beijing, China
PAD London, Galerie Dumonteil, London, UK
Fine Art Asia Hong Kong, Galerie Dumonteil, Hong Kong, China
Design Shanghai, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China
ART021 Shanghai, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China
PAD Paris, Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, France

2016
GFAA Beijing, Galerie Dumonteil, Beijing, China
Art Central, Galerie Dumonteil, Hong Kong, China
PAD London, Galerie Dumonteil, London UK
Art Beijing, Galerie Dumonteil, Beijing, China
Design Shanghai, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China
Fine Art Asia Hong Kong, Galerie Dumonteil, Hong Kong, China
PAD Paris, Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, France

2015
GFAA Beijing, Galerie Dumonteil, Beijing, China
Fine Art Asia Hong Kong, Galerie Dumonteil, Hong Kong, China
The Salon: Art + Design, Galerie Dumonteil, New York, USA
Masterpiece, Galerie Dumonteil, London, UK
Art Beijing, Galerie Dumonteil, Beijing, China
Art Central, Galerie Dumonteil, Hong Kong, China
PAD Paris, Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, France
Art Stage Singapor, Galerie Dumonteil, Singapore

2014
Art Stage Singapore, Galerie Dumonteil, Singapore 
Masterpiece, Galerie Dumonteil, London, UK
MA+D Miami Art and Design, Galerie Dumonteil, Miami, USA 
PAD Paris, Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, France
Shanghai Art Fair, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China

2013
The Salon: Art + Design, Galerie Dumonteil, New York, USA
Art Beijing, Galerie Dumonteil, Beijing, China
Masterpiece, Galerie Dumonteil, London, UK
PAD Paris, Galerie Dumonteil, Paris, France
Shanghai Art Fair, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China




COMMISIONS

1999
Commande et réalisation d’un « Zodiaque » par la Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France
Sculpture-totem pour le restaurant “Le Presbytère“, Castelnau, France,

1997
“La Tour aux Bêtes“ commission for a private Foundation, Pinter Collection, Mallorca, Spain

1992-1993
Frescoes of the Grand Salon de l’Hôtel du Golf, Sainte-Maxime, France

1985-1986
“Nativité“ for the Commission d’Art Sacré, two panels for Saint Merri’s Church and Saint-Pierre de Chaillot’s Church, Paris, France.

AWARDS

2009 Prize Edouard-Marcel Sandoz, France

COLLECTIONS

Cheikh Zayed Foundation, Abu Dhabi
Hôtel de la Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France
Collection of the city of Shanghai, China
PINTER Foundation, Majorca, Spain

EXHIBITIONS

2019.06.07 – 2019.07.13
Paris, France
2018.06.20 – 2018.08.30
New York, USA
2017.09.23 – 2017.10.10
Shanghai, China

PUBLICATIONS