Marc Petit was born in Saint-Céré, region of Lot in 1961 and is today considered to be one of the greatest contemporary sculptors and makes a living with galleries and the art market.
At the age of 14, he tried sculpture and discovered this technique. He comes from a family of artisans, he left high school quickly, and devoted himself to carving stone. But it was through two encounters that his technique and life, took up a whole new meaning. Marc petit came across two sculptors from Beaux-Arts Paris, and they became his mentors. René Fournier and Jean Lorquin. Both of them will give him a sharp eye and thoughts on sculpture.
With bronze, terra cotta and plaster, Marc Petit created his first sculptures of human beings. Lonely characters with a gloomy look. They seemed lost, and were dominated by oppressiveness or spite. The body has a tired, disembodied look. One doesn’t know if it’s a tragedy or a floating moment, like a soul wandering in a limbo. When we are in front of these figures, we put a distance but a voyeuristic one, more confused rather than empathetic.
Marc Petit realized his first personal exhibition at the age of 24 and slowly made his name among galleries and collectors.
1989: He gets the Fondation de France Award.
1993: He receives the Charles Oulmont Foundation Award.