Born in Suresnes in 1950, Sylvain Subervie is a multi-skilled, self-taught sculptor. For his work he chooses the noble materials of iron, quartz and ammonite, inviting us to arrive at the conclusion that one must possess only very few things in life but that these things must be exquisite.
Forging iron, a decisive step
Following on in the great French tradition of decorative arts, Sylvain Subervie sees iron forging as a crucial turning point in his artistic achievement. For a long time the sculptor roamed the frontiers of art, learning in the world of fashion, couture and design before finally embarking on the act of creation. This period of observation enabled him to develop his confidence and perspective before unequivocally switching paths.
How can one penetrate the secrets of a man so unloquacious yet with such developed senses? Is it possible to get a clear impression of the face he presents to the public whilst modestly holding his personality back? And whilst still respecting the distance he tries to establish with his peers when he states that the only way to reach the only home worth going to would be by the sea?
Conscious of his mission to embellish everything he touches, Sylvain Subervie belongs to the camp of Maurice Druon, which states that “art makes life honourable and therefore bearable.” The minerals he shapes bear witness to this. They are the last point of reference for grace, as souls have been outlasted by stone.
Today there is no limit to the sculptor’s imagination. His artistic expression has reached its highest peaks. This is seen in his monumental pieces, from his first Girafe (Giraffe), to Banc de Poissons (Shoal of Fish) and Armée des Guerriers Boucliers (Army of Shielded Warriors).