Damien Colcombet has been familiar with the animal world since his childhood when he would visit farms with his agronomist father. Later his free time was spent at the zoo and in the woods, then, at the age of 18, he was deeply moved when he discovered the wonderful African wild life during an unforgettable trip to Kenya. He later travelled to visit the most important reserves in Africa. An unconditional admirer of nature and the renowned animal artists of the 19th century – Barye, Frémiet, Mène, Rosa and Isidore Bonheur – he concentrates on the accuracy of the animal’s pose and details, instilling in his models a powerful identity that makes them seem alive, vibrant, and unique. Although he is especially attached to elephants, his long years of research and work have opened him up to all aspects of animal life. His bestiary is enriched each year: the most recent additions are an imposing herd of roaming African elephants.
He has shown his work for 10 years at all the most important animal art exhibitions and fairs. He was awarded the prestigious Edouard-Marcel Sandoz prize in 2013. Numerous collectors follow his work closely, including, and – by no means least – Alain Delon. 2015 was a very special year for Damien Colcombet: his group sculpture « Giraffe and calf » was commissioned by the city of Lyon in a life-size version to be placed at the entrance of the Tête d’Or zoo: one of the rare zoos with no animal statues!
In 2015, Damien Colcombet was presented with the bronze medal at the Salon des Artistes Français (Grand Palais in Paris).