born on: 
05 Apr, 1966
Graduate from National School of Fine Art, Toulouse, France
"Mémoires de braise", monographic work prefaced by Nancy Huston, Privat Editions, 2018
"Des Ombres d’Alice au Vestibule des Pommes", exhibition catalogue, Montsouris Institute, 2015, Paris (France)
"Hommes d’équipage", exhibition catalogue, 2013
"Persona,ae : acteur, personne", logbook of residency in the Detention Center of Caen, 2010, Caen (France)
2022 - "Rémanence", Group show, Le Grand Cellier, Longueville (France)
2021 - "Monstre", group exhibition, Berst Gallery, Paris, (France)
2021 - "Les Marins d'a-bord", LH Port Center, Le Havre (France)
2021 - "Hommes d’équipage", Library Niemeyer, Havre (France)
2021 - "Non essentiel", Cultural center of Val-aux-grès de Bolbec, (France)
2021 - "Les miettes", memorial project for the Struthöf camp, (France)
2020 - "Pour la peau", personal exhibition, Nancy Huston's House, Paris, (France)
2020 - "Le survivant", Portrait of Pierre Rolinet, last survivor of the Natveiller-Struthöf concentration camp, (France)
2019 - "A l'enfant qui nous garde", Natecia maternity, Lyon (France)
2019 - "Petites histoires en Seine", solo show, CNAM of Saint Denis, Saint Denis (France)
2019 - “OutrAmour”, group show, Hoffstetter Gallery, Fribourg (Switzerland)
2019 - "Des oiseaux et des mères", solo show, Cultural center of Bolbec, Bolbec (France)
2018 - "Petites histoires en réserve", solo show, Museum of Arts and Métiers, Paris (France)
2017/2018 - "Olympe de Gouges", Collection of La Dépêche Group Foundation, Tolouse (France)
2017 - Toulouse Contemporary Art Fair, Toulouse (France)
2016 - "Des bêtes en ce château", solo show, Château des Terrasses, Cap d'Ail (France)
2016 - Solo show, Gallery Le Hangar, Évreux (France)
2016 - Sculpture tour of Évreux, group show, Évreux (France)
2015 - "Persona, ae", solo show, Sculptures Garden's of La Celle Saint-Cloud for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, La Celle Saint-Cloud (France)
2015 - "Des Ombres d’Alice au Vestibule des Pommes", solo show, Mutualiste Institute Montsouris, Paris (France)
2015 - "Déjeuner sans l’Herbe", solo show, Center for Contemporary Art of Matmut, Saint-Pierre-de-Varengeville (France)
2014 - Exhibition with the artist Tibo Streicher, OFI Asset Management, Paris (France)
2014 - "So Sorry", solo show, Rouen's Court of Appeal, Rouen (France)
2014 - "Tant que tournent les rues...", solo show, Montreal (Canada)
2014 - "Travers/ées", plural exhibition in several institutions of Rouen (France)
2013 - "Hommes d'équipage", solo show, Cultural Center des Docks Vauban in Le Havre and at the Pavillon M for the Marseille-Provence event (France)
2013 - "Déjeuner sans l'Herbe", solo show, Museum of Fine Arts in Evreux for the Normandy Impressionist event and at the Gallery Le Hangar, Evreux (France)
2013 - "So Sorry", solo show, Rouen's Court of Appeal, Rouen (France)
2012 - "De l'oeil des statues", solo show, Château du Val-aux-Grès in Bolbec, at the Musuem of Art, History and Archeology in Évreux and at the Gallery Le Hangar in Évreux (France)
2012 - Group show, Gallery Le Hangar, Évreux (France)
2012 - Sculpture tour, Museum of Art, History and Archeology, Évreux (France)
2012 - Group show, Biennale of Bois-Guilbert, Bois-Guilbert (France)
2011 - "Autour de l'échelle", solo show, Château des Terrasses, Cap d'Ail (France)
2010 - "Persona,ae", solo show, Detention Center of Caen, at the Abbaye aux Dames of Caen and at the CCI of Le Havre (France)
2009 - "Echelle 1", solo show, Abbaye-aux-Hommes, Caen (France)
2009 - "Envisage", with Sophie Lebel, City Hall Theater, Le Havre (France)
2009 - "Féminin/pluriel", group show, Gallery Area, Paris (France)
2008 - "Fils de…", solo show, gardens of the CHU, Rouen (France)
2008 - "Portrait à l’échelle", solo show, CHU exhibition area/door 10, Rouen (France)
2019 - "A l'enfant qui nous garde", Natecia maternity, Lyon (France)
2018/2019 - "Des Oiseaux et des mères", Social Center of Champ des Oiseaux, Bolbec (France)
2017 - "De la main au feu", Museum of Arts and Métiers, Saint Denis (France)
2014/2015 - "Les vestibules des pommes", Child Psychiatry Unit of the Institute Montsouris, Paris (France)
2014/2015 - "Dans les Ombres d’Alice", Child Psychiatry Unit of the University Hospital, Rouen (France)
2013 – "Tant que tournent les rues...", University Hospital of Montreal, project supported by the Consulate of France and the Dalkia Group France, Montreal (Canada)
2011/2012 – "Hommes d'équipage", aboard the container ship Fort Saint-Pierre of CMA-CGM
2011/2012 - "À l’endroit, au présent, à l’envers, à l’endroit…", EHPAD of Flaubert Hospital, Bolbec (France)
2008/2009 – "Persona,ae : acteur, personne", Detention Centre of Caen, Caen (France)
2006 - "Les iconoclasses", Gallery Duchamps, Yvetot (France)
opened up her studio to us. Watch the video of our visit to learn more about the artist's approach.

Cécile Raynal is a French sculptor who lives and works in Normandy, France.

For several years, Cécile Raynal has had two passions : dance and sculpture. As of 2007 she has focused her work on portrait, scrutinizing faces like veritable geographies and places of endless souvenirs.

The substance for her work is clay. She gives it a great amplitude of motion, has a capacity for improvisation and a remarkable finesse in the detail of its expressions.

Sculpture is for her a way of exploring the world, between documentary and fiction. Thus she often sets up her workshop in remote, forgotten or marginal places, that she goes over and then reconstructs in clay. A prison, a retirement home, a hospital, a convent, a cargo-ship… are among the places in which she invites the inhabitants to pose for her, so as to sculpt their portraits and capture these rare encounters.

Sculpture offers the possibility, in traveling the world, of finding its origins, its structure in a supremely documentary register.

«From either fortuitous or sought after encounters my work stems from a sculpted portrait, a totemic record of each of these confrontations, and builds itself on the complicity, the exchanges and the correspondence that results from them. It's about the encounters and about the places where the encounters happen. These busts, these figures, these portraits imbricate human relation, artistic flair, "the trade of living"»…

And born of these sculpted encounters are the frameworks of blackened and atemporal portraits.

In amongst all the different human portraits will sometimes be those of objects or animals. The latter two being produced in her main workshop in Normandy, in a narrative taking into account mythology, tales, psyche and memory.

Between each residence is the very necessary spent in her proper workshop in Normandy where the firing takes place. Cécile Raynal uses chamotte (grog), the only clay capable of withstanding firing temperatures of 1200º and the subsequent smoking phase. This final stage, inspired by the Japanese method 'raku', imparts the black, grey and metallic aspect on the pieces that make it difficult to determine what the sculpture is made of. The bulk of the sculpture's supports are made of wood or steel.

Her Norman workshop enables her to get away from the outside, to traverse the interior of the sculpture, and develop more shapes, more narratives, more mythologies. In this place off the beaten track, the work commences, recommences, ripens, is embellished, is found and is finalized.

To address Cécile Raynal's sculpture is to delve into the very meaning of an artistic process in which it is difficult to separate art and life.


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