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The Gorilla was showcased for the first time ever in the Grand Palais in Paris in February 2019, during the ArtCapital Fair.
On this occasion, it was one of the public’s special favourites and was awarded this French artists’ fair’s Bronze Medal, an extremely rare honour for a first-time participation in the event. The Gorilla was the first work of art created by the artist, who devoted 6 months of his life to completing it, all the whilst experimenting his highly-unique technique for assembling pieces of cardboard.
Olivier Bertrand was born in Marseille in 1975, to a French father and an Asian mother. He became fascinated with drawing, visual arts and, more specifically, origami at a very early age.
“As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been captivated by the metamorphosis of a simple sheet of paper which, with a few smart folds, comes to life and sparks emotion.”
After graduating with a Master’s in Economics and completing his studies, he finally chose to move into web design. 15 years on, he took advantage of a period of convalescence to go back to roots, to his first love. Although this time round he’s not folding pieces of paper, his mantra remains the same: and it’s cardboard that he works with a new twist. By assembling bits of cardboard together, he now creates extraordinarily-amazing life-sized animals.