Sylvie Mangaud is a French artist, best known for her elegant bronze sculptures, characterized by unbridled imagination and sensitive emotions.
Capturing the Human Emotions
Sylvie Mangaud was born in Paris in 1961. Interested in the human psychology and behavior, she studied two similar scientific disciplines – Graphology and Morphopsychology. Graphology is focused on analyzing characteristics and patterns of handwriting in order to identify the writer, while Morphopsychology studies a correspondence between human facial morphology and individual personality. At the same time, along with her studies, Sylvie Mangaud was attracted to expressing herself through art. These branches of science allowed the artist to examine the human psyche and to catch and include subtleties of the body in her sculptural work.
Although she was initially a photographer, Sylvie took some courses in drawing and sculptural work in various workshops. As a photographer, she learned the basics of composition, form and structure of the image. She shifted her artistic focus towards sculpture when photographic medium was not suitable enough to capture the expressions of the body Mangaud had imagined in her mind. Passionate about the body expression, Sylvie’s experience in the photographic field enabled her to seize the movement, dynamics and emotion in her sculptures that later emerged.
The Style of Sylvie Mangaud
Without respecting the natural proportions of the body, Sylvie Mangaud’s sculptures depict female nudes, couples, and animals. From elephant, fox and cheetah – all of the embodied animals carry their bodies with grace and lightness. Charming and harmonious, her nudes are sculptured in sensual and emotional poses.
Unusual proportions of Sylvie’s bronze sculptures define her unique style. These proportions were first created by mistake, as an involuntary distortion, and consequently became her signature style. With an intuitive artistic talent, the purity and elegance of lines are visualized with lightness and sharpness, expressing an authentic esthetic balance of Mangaud’s works.
Collaboration with Daum
In 2011, Sylvie Mangaud worked in collaboration with Daum, the famous Parisian crystal maker. Sculptures that the artist imagined came to life in a form of crystal, thanks to the ancient technique that Daum rediscovered in 1900. The process of melting glass ensures a perfect reproduction of the original piece, giving the unique and distinctive character to every crystal sculpture.
Sylvie Mangaud at the Galerie Geraldine Banier
The art of Sylvie Mangaud has been featured in several group exhibitions, mainly held in France. Her elegant sculptures appeared in many style-oriented magazines and publications. Represented by the Galerie Geraldine Bannier based in Paris, Mangaud’s art has been exhibited in group shows, such as Bizarro, Rose me Tender, Lost Worlds and Summertime.