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Djibrail NAZARE-AGA,aged 97, holding a photo of himself standing in front of a Breguet XIV plane when he was 17 years old

Djibrail NAZARE-AGA,aged 97, holding a photo of himself standing in front of a Breguet XIV plane when he was 17 years old

 

Born in 1965 in Paris, French artist Arnaud NAZARE-AGA combines form, colour and texture to create sculptures of iconic characters from the beloved 1943 classic, The Little Prince, by legendary pilot and award-winning author, Antoine de SAINT-EXUPÉRY(1900 -1944). Each of these unique art pieces is lovingly crafted, with multiple layers of varnish applied before being hand-polished. They are imbued with joy and passion, like the rest of his artworks.

The extraordinary shine and vibrant colours of his sculptures are made possible by the artist's knowledge of lacquer and mixed media materials, which he learnt to master from artists and artisans in the East and West. Having embarked on his first art project at 18 years old, working on the Temple of One Thousand Buddhas in Burgundy, France, for six years, he was in charge of all the temple's sculpted decorative elements and participated in the creation of its 5-metre-tall Buddha statues.

Arnaud NAZARE-AGA first read The Little Prince as a child. He later discovered that his grandfather, Djibrail NAZARE-AGA(1898 -1998), had known Antoine de SAINT-EXUPÉRY. Both had flown the famous Breguet XIV airplane in the early 20th century. The unexpected connection spurred the artist to create The Little Prince sculptures inspired by the original water colour illustrations painted by the author, a project in collaboration with the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. Together, they have also jointly developed a unique concept of tactile sculptures of The Little Prince for the visually impaired.