Born in 1956 in Saint-Maurice, France
Lives and works in Lagnes in the Vaucluse, France
Laurent Baude is a nomadic artist who is fuelled by his many sources of inspiration. In 1980, his interest in colours and shapes began to take form. He started creating sculptures made of scraps of wood and metal, yielding strange yet harmonious graphic curves that call matters of space into question. During that same period, the artist was also working on nudes which enabled him, as he puts it, to “understand sculpture from the inside”.
Laurent Baude is a French visual artist. He spent his childhood abroad, first in Thailand and then in Jordan, where he would learn Arabic, but also Finland and Sweden. A great fan of archaeology, he studied sculpture at the School of Decorative Art in Stockholm. In 1979, he moved to Paris to study at the Beaux-Arts and work in César’s studio. His totems garnered the attention of famed gallery owner Éric Fabre in 1983. From then on, he would not only exhibit his work in Paris, but also in New York, Chicago and Beirut. After winning a grant, he spent a year in Egypt and then taught in the Middle East and in the United States, at the Art Institute of Chicago.