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Sgarra | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography

  • Sgarra | Contemporary Artist: Artworks & Biography
Sgarra
  • France
  • Painter / Sculptor

I undoubtedly mix characters from different times and universes to the delight of art and pop culture lovers.
The career of sculptor, painter and visual artist Robert Sgarra is unusual. He ended his studies in year 10 and obtained a vocational qualification doing an apprenticeship alongside his father in construction. His self-educated painting began at the age of 13 by finding brushes at his brother’s house. Yet there was nothing artistic about his family, except a little painting representing the rabbit “Bugs Bunny” that his father had painted as a child and which today hangs in his studio. From there, too, came his unconditional love of comics, which had a growing influence on his work. After living from the age of 10 to 54 years old in the south of France, he has just left the Côte d'Azur for Auvergne for its calm and its landscapes. A house and a very large workshop where he lives in peace allow him to “paint better”.
Sgarra is influenced by the great masters of painting, from Modigliani to Picasso via Matisse and Wharol. Through these inspirations he draws from it a unique creative force, which he likes to put forward. Pop art and fiery, tawny colour are joyfully revisited in inventive, daring, and sometimes monumental works. He uses only acrylic. He did try oil, but soon found “that it was not right for this work”. At 22, he started to sculpt. He claims the work of Pablo Picasso and his cubism among his many influences, “because it is pure creation”, and Modigliani and Caesar for sculpture. He quit his tiler-decorator business in 1998 to definitively embark on a rich artistic career full of success.

Currently this artist is only exhibited in our online gallery.

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  • 2018
    Exhibition at the Arts and History Museum
    Bormes-les-Mimosas, France
  • 2006
    Give the singer and musician BB King a cubist canvas
    New York, United States of America (the)
  • 1999
    Grand prize and gold medal for a sculpture
    San Remo, Italy
  • 1959
    Birth
    Grenoble, France
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