Born in 1952 in Charente, France
Lives and works in Montreuil, France
Like Arcimboldo, the manneristic 16th century Italian painter, Bernard Pras created an installation for Raja whose overall composition only truly takes shape for the spectator through photography which recreates the at image pursued by the artist. This is the principle of anamorphosis, the reversible deformation of an image by means of an optical system.
Using Raja boxes laid out like a model of a large city, he recreates a map of the world showing the company’s international reach.
After briefly studying mechanics, Bernard Pras attended the Beaux-Arts in Poitiers and then Toulouse, from which he graduated in 1974. His artistic activity then leaned toward the engravings of Claude Manesse. In the late 1980s, he started to find his own artistic path when he perfected the technique of aquaengraving and then again, in 1994, when he produced installations and assemblages of eclectic objects reiterating the principles of anamorphosis, which had by then become the common thread in the artist’s œuvre.