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Marc Piano was born August 8th, 1964 in Cannes. Since 11 years old, he discovered ceramics in Vallauris, spendind his school holidays in workshops, especially Pascali’s one, place of manufacture creations of Jean Marais.


  • 1980-1983 : While studying pottery, he worked at Jean Mathieu’s workshop, Le Pitop


  • 1983-1986 : The workshop of Jean Mathieu offered him a job as a potter specialized in producing “Art de la Table”series.


  • 1986-1988 : He established his first studio l’atelier du temple, 17 rue Hoche in Vallauris in the context of series production.


  • 1988 : After selling his workshop, he performs in New Caledonia a one-year stay during which he teaches ceramics hobby. Then, he continued his journey to Australia in Brisbane, where he worked for five months in an art shop at the realization of utilitarian ceramics.


  • 1990-1992 : Located in the pottery village of Salins in the Doubs, he specializes in the production of large items at the request of several local potters.


  • 1992 : Marc Piano is involved in the design and implementation of a line of ceramic lamps for Jacques Tonge.


  • 1993-1995 : To enrich his knowledge, he diversified his professional experience in conducting large ceramic in Aubagne, in the workshop Innocenti, potter of Marseilles. It also carries pottery stoneware utilitarian workshops in Taber, located in Gardanne and Gréasque.


  • 1995 : Following the death of his father, he moved back to Vallauris in the ceramics workshop that he owned there, rue de Cannes.


  • 1995-1998 : Besides the manufacturing of ceramics series for Tonge, he made a personal production of unique pieces: a series of monsters.


  • 1998-2009 : Having restructured the building of the ancient pottery where he moved, he set up his own workshop. It is a creative and open personal research on contemporary art and supports this position by joining the association StArt Nice, specializes in organizing cultural events and publishing artists' books.


His studio-gallery becomes a place of meetings and exhibitions covering a number of local artists affiliated with this association held there every year. These meetings, including those with Bernard Abril or Rey Bos, are sources of debate and exchange important for creativity. For him it's an exciting time, rich in confrontations in a context of conviviality. In seeking to understand the creative processes of artists rubbed shoulders Marc Piano will evolve its work and give meaning to his research primarily oriented display of his inner world. Through his artistic gesture, he gave free expression to his feelings: his breathing, his body, his daily life with his family. His experiments led him among other things, to question the notion of "limits of normality, this approach in each of his creations.

And it is towards a creation of sculptures, ceramics, he turned, in a step outside visual artist profiles, or affiliation with any art movement, while claiming a special sensitivity towards the pay of creations Germaine Richier, philosophy of Antonin Artaud and the Surrealist movement. His openness and availability to the local contemporary artists led him to the realization of joint creations with artists such as Patrick Bocca Rossa Baldacchino Philippe Renaud Lembo, John Salvatore Parisi, Bernard Alligand Jürgen Waller and Olivier Roy. Sculptures of archaic type, ancestral, works of Marc Piano evolve into an art totem type, through a dark and fabulous beasts.

In 2005 Marc Piano has the opportunity to occupy a position of lecturer and professor of sculpture and ceramics at the International Academy of Arts in Vallauris.

In 2010 Jacques Leloup editions place an order for a column to be cast in bronze and reproduced in eight copies.

Rejecting the label of potter too restrictive for his taste, he claims the status of "man of the earth." And the rhythm of the time of the earth "that he speaks, his creations take shape, incompressible time making this waterproof artist's turbulent contemporary world, as evidenced by this quiet strength that emanates from him. Heir to the "New Figuration" and artists such as Combas Marc Piano tirelessly pursued his work of "writing stories" using bits of earth in a process substantially Picassian .







Photographe : G. Giordano