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Roger Blé Aimé - Faces and Bodies from Africa

Calendar Exhibition from 29/10/2018 to 23/11/2018, at the gallery in the Palais de l'Europe, space B

Private view the 30/10/2018 17h30, at the gallery in the Palais de l'Europe, space B

Aimé Roger Blé, born on 2 December, 1969, in the Ivory Coast, is a sculptor whose artistic practice is part of figurative and expressive art. It is inspired by the pre and post-colonial aesthetics of the African continent. From 1991, after training at the Institute of Arts in Abidjan, under the direction of René Ayebi, Aimé Roger Blé learned modeling and mould making.

After his studies, he decided to go to Italy to learn about the fusion of bronze. Between 1993-1997, he began his training in Naples at the Chiurazzi Foundry School. He studied engraving at the Higher School of Applied Arts in Milan. In 1999, he joined the Luigi Pensa foundry in Milan as a professional and then, from 2000 to 2004, the Battaglia foundry. He has worked with sculptors such as Arnaldo Pomodoro, Francesco Messina, Bodini and Penone. In this period, he combined work at the foundry with his artistic practice.

He had exhibited bronze sculptures and received several commissions for portraits. In 2009, the Office of the President of the Ivory Coast asked Aimé Roger Blé to produce the bronze portrait of the first president of Côte d'Ivoire - Houphouet Boigny. This sculpture was handed over to the President of the Republic and is currently in the Ivory Coast. Aimé Roger Blé has participated also in collective exhibitions at the Chagall workshop in Milan (2002-2004) and the collective exhibition in Ferrara (2014).