BERTRAND Olivier

A word from
the artist.

  Olivier Bertrand was born in Marseille in 1975, to a French father and an Asian mother. He became fascinated with drawing, visual arts and, more specifically, origami at a very early age. “As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been captivated by the metamorphosis of a simple sheet of paper which, with a few smart folds, comes to life and sparks emotion.” After graduating with a Master’s in Economics and completing his studies, he finally chose to move into web design. 15 years on, he took advantage of a period of convalescence to go back to roots, to his first love. Although this time round he’s not folding pieces of paper, his mantra remains the same: and it’s cardboard that he works with a new twist. By assembling bits of cardboard together, he now creates extraordinarily-amazing life-sized animals. For Olivier Bertrand, fashionning cardboard is not a a thoughtful choice, because the material has imposed itself, as a matter of course. “I always create from what I could find easily … and it turns out that finding cardboard boxes at home was not so difficult. Today, I love the idea of ​​giving a second life to this everyday product, completely disposable . And of course, I am happy with the idea that my work can be involved in an eco-friendly approach.

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