1921 - 1998
In 1935, César Baldaccini entered the Ecole des beaux-arts de Marseille and then entered the Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris in 1943.
In 1952, he made his first welding tests and his first scrap sculptures, all in the south of France, in Provence. In 1954, he won the Collabo Prize for his sculpture entitled "Le Poisson". Two years later, he participates in the Venice Biennale.
In 1959, he made his first plates and since 1961, he has participated in several exhibitions in New York. His work is now devoted to directed compression. César presented at the May 1967 Salon "La Grande Expansion orange" and began exploiting molten crystal. His work was then recognized throughout the world and he never stopped exhibiting his works.
Another function is attributed to this sculptor: teaching. In 1970, he was appointed professor and workshop manager at the National School of Fine Arts.
In 1983, he began to produce the "Centaur" in homage to Picasso. A 4.70 m high work that was completed in 1985.
On July 27, 1988, César received the Rodin Prize. For the Seoul Olympics, he set up a 6-metre high bronze thumb.
His name will remain engraved in people's memories, because he is also the creator of the César Trophy, which rewards the world of French cinema.