1921 - 1998
In 1935, César Baldaccini entered the School of Fine Arts in Marseille and then in 1943 at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris.
In 1952, he made his first welding tests and his first sculptures in scrap metal, all in the south of France, in Provence. In 1954, he won the Collabo prize for his sculpture entitled 'Le Poisson'. Two years pass and he participates in the Venice Biennale.
In 1959, he made his first plates and from 1961, participated in several exhibitions in New York. His work is now devoted to directed compression. César presents at the May 1967 Salon 'La Grande Expansion orange' and begins his exploitation of molten crystal. His work is then recognized throughout the world and he continues to exhibit his works.
Another function is attributed to this sculptor: teaching. Indeed, in 1970, he was appointed professor and workshop manager at the National School of Fine Arts.
In 1983, he undertook the production of the 'Centaure' in homage to Picasso. A work of 4.70 m in height which was completed in 1985.
César received the Rodin Prize on July 27, 1988. On the occasion of the Seoul Olympics, he set up a bronze thumb 6 meters high.
His name will remain engraved in the memories, because he is also the creator of the César trophy which rewards the world of French cinema.