Biography

In developing the direct carving sculpture in transparent his technical sandblasting’ work
under pressure from craft and industry, resolutely opting for a contemporary artistic design, François VIGORIE was able to impose its specific aesthetic vision and mastery of a profession constantly deepened.

A curriculum far from the traditional artistic references and a vocation which declared itself in 1975, after a break from the industrial engineering course in electrical mechanics that he was studying at the Ecole Violet in Paris that the scientific knowledge proves useful later on.

Inspired by the audacity of his recent artistic universe, he undertakes the restoration of a period Art Deco mirror and attends one of the last Parisian ateliers to learn all the techniques of glass ornamentation including sand-blast engraving.
The general principle of François Vigorie’s artistic approach is thus established from 1978 onwards: he then carries out transparent sculpture using an astonishing and innovative concept of direct cutting.
His first works in flat tint are followed by relief and then volume materialized by his first sculptures using free blasting.
His pressure sanding lance transforms the graver and imposes a new plastic artistry placing François Vigorie in certain anteriority of the said technique.
Even if the marble is part of François Vigorie’s work, the Glass remains his first material. The object, the furniture and the architecture also hold his expressiveness.

In 1982 he was known to the public through the exhibition: “New Glass-contemporary Glassmakers which includes international contemporary artists at the Museum of Decorative Arts.
He’s also known to have been part of the first auction of contemporary art between French and American’ artists organized by Maitre Binoche at Drouot where François VIGORIE created an original work and imposing glass table carved and sculpted.
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François VIGORIE did a lots of exhibitions and international fairs, his works are found in many public and private collections in the world.

Gerard Xuriguera critics and art historian puts him in the category of ardent innovators who have fought for the recognition and rehabilitation of the expressive potential of glass.

François Vigorie, was born in 1953 in Gironde, since 1996 he’s sharing his time between Paris and his atelier located in Correze in the land of his ancestors.