Metal sculpture and the use of salvage materials, in the service of a surreal and dreamlike aesthetic.
Born in Paris in 1925, Philippe Hiquily is a French sculptor and designer. He joined the Resistance at the age of 18, alongside his father, and then in the Leclerc division, heading to Indochina. On his return to Paris, he learned sculpture at the Beaux-Arts, and attended the workshops of Jean Tinguely and Germaine Richier. He left school in 1953 with the Sculpture Prize in his pocket.
He exhibited his works for the first time at the Palmes gallery in Paris in 1955, and in New York in 1959. There, he met Léo Castelli, Rauschenberg, through which his talent met success, even winning the favor of MOMA and the Guggenheim. He set out to create pieces of furniture from the 1960s, worked in materials that, because he stretches their shapes and materials, become lighter.
Since the 1980s, Hiquily's works have been influenced by the American Alexander Calder. The artist, exploring the question of balance and movement, incorporates electric motors into his works, thereby instiling a new dimension in the traditional conception of sculpture.