I was born in France, raised in Belgium and have traveled all over most of the world for my work as a non-convertible currencies and commodities trader largely with corporations in Communist countries. It was a big departure for me to come to the U.S. in 1990 to pursue my interest in sculpting, but the collapse of the Communist system and my first marriage, gave me the opportunity to reinvent my life. After living in New Mexico, New Jersey, New York City and Upstate New York, I married Michelle and moved to Tampa, Florida in 2005, where we currently reside. When I first moved to Tampa, I did not have a sculpting studio so I started to paint in a spare bedroom and have added painting to my artistic expression ever since.

During the first six months of my life, my parents, who were both Jews, were separated for security reasons from each other as they fought in the M.O.I Resistance ** against the Nazi’s around Lyon and Toulouse, France. While my father was participating in the armed Resistance, my mother lived as an informant across the street from the Gestapo headquarters and oftentimes shuttled ammunition and weapons at great risk under the mattress of my stroller. As soon as I could be weaned, I was placed with a Catholic family in the remote hills of Florasse, commune de Vertolaye, France (Region Auvergne). This categorizes me as what later became known as a “hidden child”. I was even baptized so that the accompanying paperwork would further protect me from being identified by the German soldiers as a Jew. While my parent’s both survived the war and I was lucky enough to return with them to Belgium in 1946, I believe that the sentiments of that toddler are reflected in the faces which are the theme of all of my artwork.

While the discovery of clay as an access to my deepest and earliest emotions was at the origin of my artwork, today I intend for my pieces to compel people to get in touch with their own feelings, accept themselves, and to have compassion for others.

Footnote: It is important to distinguish the M.O.I. (Main D’Oeuvre Immigree) Resistance in France from the French Resistance. The French Resistance, which was financed and supplied by the Allies to fight the Germans, became populated by a large number of those who had collaborated with the Germans until it appeared as if the Germans would lose the war after the defeat of the Germans in Stalingrad in February 1943. In contrast, the M.O.I. Resistance, which had been ignored by the Allies and, at times, betrayed by members of the French Resistance, remained focused on military actions against the German occupation in France.