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Alexandra Gestin/ Alexandra Gestin

France 1967

Sculpture

www.alexandragestin.com

Alexandra Gestin
Alexandra Gestin
Female
France
1967

Alexandra Gestin is a French sculptor who became interested in the topic of sumo fights after her trip to Tokyo. Sumo wrestlers are indeed an interesting inspiration for sculpture, because of their exuberant, large bodies. In addition to her portrayal of sumo culture, Gestin is also engaged in sculpting figures of children of most diverse origins. Each of her pieces is highly original and sculpted using a mixture of strength and sensitivity.

Alexandra Gestin - Little Face, Black, 2015 (Left) / Little Face, Red, 2015 (Right)
Alexandra Gestin – Little Face, Black, 2015 (Left) / Little Face, Red, 2015 (Right)

Passion for Exotic Cultures

Alexandra Gestin was born a small French town of Guerande, located in the western part of the country. While she was very young, Gestin was taking trips to amazing far-flung places together with her grandfather who was an architect and artist and who had instilled a passion for art in Gestin’s mind and heart. She became inspired by the sculptural works of exotic cultures found in North Africa and Asia. Ever though she’s settled in Belgium nowadays, Gestin still likes to travel as often as she can in order to develop and explore deeper her passion for less known arts and culture.

Gestin is inspired by the exotic cultures found in North Africa and Asia

Alexandra Gestin - Rikishi, 2015
Alexandra Gestin – Rikishi, 2015

Finding Inspiration in Children and Sumo Wrestlers

Every place that Gestin has visited and every face that she has encountered have influenced her art in a certain way. Gestin’s work is often based on per personal memories – they are her starting point, but afterwards she tends to rework and transform her subject, by shaping and moving the clay in order to create something even more beautiful than the image in her memory. Her works are all figurative, but they have a certain recognizable style, guided by Gestin’s instincts. Her main talent is her ability to create something that is representing both strength and gentleness, that is solid but fragile at the same time. All these qualities can be seen in her two major series of works, called The Sumos and Children of the World.

Major series of Gestin’s works are called The Sumos and Children of the World

Alexandra Gestin - Puissance, 2015
Alexandra Gestin – Puissance, 2015

Dedication to Specific Topics

Gestin’s work has achieved a lot of success not only because of its technical excellence but also because of the artist’s very particular choice of topics. She dedicated her entire inspiration and passion to addressing each and every detail of her favorite topics, which are children and sumo wrestlers. Gestin had many successful solo and group exhibitions and her exquisite, unique sculptures are part of numerous private collections in Europe, USA, Africa, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Hong-Kong, Singapore, and Japan.

The artist is represented by Markowicz Fine Art.

She lives and works in Belgium.

Featured image: Alexandra Gestin – La Heya – image via umamfrance.blogspot.com
All other images courtesy of Markowicz Fine Art.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Art Palm BeachMiami, FLGroup
2016Los Angeles Art ShowLos Angeles, CAGroup
2016Art UpLille, FranceGroup
2015Scope Miami, USAMiami, FLGroup
2015Alexandra GestinGalerie Kleber 104, Paris, FranceGroup
2015Alexandra GestinHotel Le Gray, Beirut, LibanGroup
2015Alexandra GestinSt'art Strasbourg, FranceGroup
2014Alexandra GestinScope Miami, USAGroup
2014Alexandra GestinMusee Grimaldi, Cagnes sur mer, FranceGroup
2014Alexandra GestinDeush Museum a belmont / Lausanne, SuisseGroup
2013Exposition de sculptures monumentalesLe Touquet, FranceGroup
2013Alexandra GestinSt Tropez, France, Galerie Bel air fine artGroup
2013Alexandra GestinBeach Club de MonacoGroup
2012Alexandra GestinChalet Robinson, BruxellesGroup
2012Alexandra GestinEtangs Mellaerts, BelgiumGroup
2011Alexandra GestinExposition Place Brugman, BruxellesGroup
2011Alexandra GestinExposition Square Guy d'Arezzo a BruxellesGroup
2011Alexandra GestinVille de La Baule , FranceGroup
2010CUTLOGContemporary art fair in ParisGroup
2010Alexandra GestinGalerie Petit-Jean, Aix en ProvencenGroup
2009Alexandra GestinMona Lisa gallery, ParisnGroup
2008Alexandra GestinCarrousel du Louvres, ParisGroup
2007Alexandra GestinFAYLA 43, BrusselsGroup
2006Alexandra GestinAmbassade of Luxemburg in BrusselsGroup
2005Alexandra GestinFutur Art Gallery, BrusselsGroup
2004Alexandra Gestin1389 studio, BrusselsGroup