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

JEAN-MARIE FIORI

1952 Limoges, France
École Nationale des Beaux-arts

DECORATIONS / RRIZE
Prize Edouard-Marcel Sandoz (France, 2009)


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014 French May, Monumental installation, Statue Square, Central, Hong Kong, HK
2014 Beirut Art Week, Monumental installation, Le Gray, Beirut, Lebanon
2014 “The Whimsical”, Galerie Dumonteil New York, USA
2010 World Expo in Shanghai, Chinese Pavilion, Installation of Sculptures-Benches, Shanghai, China


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 “Animal Spirit” Galerie Dumonteil New York, USA
2017 “35 New Space Opening” Galerie Dumonteil Shanghai, China
2016 “Three centuries of elegance, Manufacture of Sèvres (1740-2015)”, Jinsha Museum, Chengdu; 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, HK
2012 “100 Animal Sculptures: from the 1930s to Contemporary Art (100 Sculptures Animalières : des Années 30 à l’Art Contemporain)”, with Wim Delvoye, Claire Morgan etc. for the contemporary part, Museum of the 1930s (Musée des Années 30), Boulogne-Billancourt, France
2005 “The ark of the 20th century (El arca del siglo XX) ”, Caja Castelloni Foundation - BBK, Bilbao, Spain
2004 Square Left Bank (Carré Rive Gauche), Paris
Armory Show, New York
Antiques Chicago, Work “Fireplace in bronze” appeared on the poster of the salon, Chicago
2003 FRAC, Region PACA, three works selected
1999 “The Sculptors and Animal in Art of the 20th century: Bugatti, César, Guyot, Pompon etc.( Les Sculpteurs et l’Animal dans l’Art du XXe siècle : Bugatti, César, Guyot, Pompon etc )”, Mint Museum (Hôtel des Monnaies), Paris, France
“Memory Park (Parque de la Memoria)” Buenos Aires Ciudad Exhibition, Buenos-Aires, Argentine
1994 “The days of Courson (Les Journées de Courson)” Section of Courson, France
“International Biennial of Enamel (Biennale Internationale de l’émail)”, Limoges, France
1988 Space Cardin (Espace Cardin), Paris, France
1985 “60th anniversary of the exhibition of Decorative Art”, Grand Palais, Paris, France


COMMISIONS (Selection)

1999 Commission and realization of Zodiac by Mint Museum (Hôtel des Monnaies), Paris, France
Totem sculpture for the restaurant “Le Presbytère”, Castelnau, France
1998 “The Dolmen of Serris (Dolmen de Serris)” commission of a public fountain in the 1% framework, Marne la Vallée, France
1997 “The Passage of Animals” commission for Pinter Collection, Majorque, Spain
1992-93 Fresco in the Grand Salon of Hôtel du Golf de Sainte-Maxime, France
1985-86 “Nativity” for the Commission d’Art Sacré, two panels for Saint Merri Church and Saint-Pierre de Chaillot Church, Paris, France


ART FAIRES

2018
GFAA Beijing, Galerie Dumonteil, Shanghai, China
Fine Art Asia Hong Kong, Galerie Dumonteil, Hong Kong, China
PAD London, Galerie Dumonteil, London, UK
PAD Geneva, 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 Singapore, 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


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Cheikh Zayed Foundation, Abu Dhabi
Mint Museum (Hôtel des Monnaies), Paris, France
Collection of the City of Shanghai, China
PINTER Foundation, Majorque, Spain

EXHIBITIONS

2018.06.20 – 2018.08.30
New York, USA
2017.09.23 – 2017.10.10
Shanghai, China

PUBLICATIONS