Paul de Pignol was born in Toulouse in 1965. He currently lives and works in Paris, France.
In 1984, he entered the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, where he worked in the studio of the painter, Pierre Carron. He created his first sculpture, inspired by the Venus of Lucas Cranach, entitled “Fille au Ballon” in 1989. Little by little, sculpture became integrated into his practice.
In in addition to the studio in Montigny-sur-Loing he used for his sculptures, Paul de Pignol decided to dedicate a specific workshop to drawing in Paris in 2010; he established a link between these disciplines a short time afterwards. Paul de Pignol’s drawings and sculputres are a plunge into an intimate essence of being. He focuses his work on feminine figures, linking them with universal themes of birth, life, and death.
Throughout his study of the female figure, he began questioning its function, weight, and composition, as well as its deconstruction and presence both inside and outside.
Paul de Pignol’s paintings are an extension of his work and research as a sculptor; his gestures are similar, wherein he erases matter in order to add light, stroke by stroke, giving his unveiled bodies a spectral presence.
Since 2017, after years of wandering, Paul de Pignol found pictoral language relative to his research.
One of his most recent exhibitions, “Né du limon,” is the result of this quest. With a fascination for landscapes, Paul de Pignol is inspired by the Fontainebleau forest that surrounds his studio. The idea that any life can birth from decay fascinate him, and he creates organic and living landscapes, where you can feel the turf and soil. We are close to the Golem.