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Born in Paris in 1985, Léo Caillard is part of a new generation of artists who draw inspiration from the contemporary society’s new concerns for their art.
From archaeology to anthropology, Léo Caillard has always been fascinated by human evolution and the concept of time. He invites us to take a fresh look at our era, always drawing inspiration from History to rethink our future. As a prominent artist in the European sculptural scene, Léo Caillard questions the evolution of our relationship with images in our contemporary society. His astonishing photographic works and marble sculptures have gained recognition through various exhibitions worldwide.
Graduating from the École Gobelins in 2008, he pursued art history studies and delved into photography while conducting research in the field of 3D and new media.
It was thanks to his photographic series “Hipsters in Stone,” in which he dressed iconic neoclassical statues from the Louvre collection in contemporary clothing, that he gained recognition in 2012, creating a fusion between ancient myths and the contemporary era.
Starting in 2017, Léo Caillard expanded his art into an entirely new dimension: marble sculpture. He blended contemporary digital culture with ancient sculpture techniques, revisiting antique busts by altering their forms, echoing digital distortions, or adorning them with 21st-century accessories. The result creates a visual effect that isn’t immediately understood, leaving viewers to wonder about the materials and techniques used by the artist. His sculptures serve as critiques of our virtual world, and echoing the NFTs, he works with marble to ensure the permanence and authenticity of his work.
Asked about the artistic movement to which he belongs, Caillard creatively responds that he is part of a new and ultra-contemporary movement. According to him, the art world is evolving towards a radical return to the past, a kind of “neo-Renaissance,” where artists and intellectuals seek to draw from classical cultures to find solid roots with a new way of thinking.
Caillard’s artworks have been showcased in various institutions around the world, including the Louvre Museum, the Fondation Cartier, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. His works were exhibited alongside the works of artists such as Yves Klein, Damien Hirst, and Marc Quinn.