Born in 1961 in Auxerre.
Philippe Ramette is a French visual artist whose works embrace multiple forms from photography to sculpture, including installation and drawing. He lives and works in Paris.
It was at the Villa Arson in Nice (1987-1989) that Philippe Ramette was introduced to sculpture. There he produced surrealist-inspired works. His early sculptures were given complex, often insistent and dryly humorous titles that suggest reference to the utopias of nineteenth century inventors: Socle à Réflexion [Reflection Base] (1989), Objets à se faire foudroyer [Objects to be Struck Down] (1991), Potence préventive pour dictateur potentiel [Precautionary Gallows for Potential Dictator] (1993). His more recent sculptures feature posed representations of human figures; Éloge de la discrétion [In Praise of Discretion] (2012), Éloge du pas de côté [In Praise of the Side Step] (2018).
Created in parallel, it is his photographs, conveying the humor and strangeness of his sculptures in the form of images, which have brought him great visibility. The artist, using himself as model, accomplishes acrobatic performances without resorting to any special effects or digital retouching, poised between sky and earth, on the brink of the void, giving rise to a pleasant disturbance of visual perception in a way that functions like an enigma to be solved.
In 2020/2021, having been invited by the MiniMasterpiece gallery to design a sculpture- to-wear, Philippe Ramette has developed the Ring for always taking the right direction. This piece is entirely in the vein of all of his work to date.
“Ring for always taking the right direction”, 2021
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