Patrice Moreau was born 15th of July 1953 in Chinon (  Indre et Loire ). Very early he developed a feeling for art and history that his environment offered him and he remembers how he made his first drawings in his self-made hut. When he was 14 years old he started as an apprentice cabinetmaker and in this period the marquetry had a big place.  Afterwards he started studies to become a specialised teacher and he enrolled at the U.E.R. psychology in Lyon III. It is during these years that he met Henri A. Martin, professor of medecine, who had a passion for art and was also a painter. Dr Martin encouraged Patrice to show a number of drawings and take part at his first exhibition in Lyon. In 1984 he settles in Saumur and discovers the art of etching in the studio of René Léraud. He tackles a number of techniques and very fast he builds his own studio where he carries out later the complete edition of the etchings of Grau-Garriga presented at the exhibition "Viva Espana" together with Joan Miron and Antoni Tapiés. In parallel he continues his work as sculptor and realises his bronzes with the complicity of the art founder and sculptor Guillaume Couffignal.

Member of group Xylon France, of which he was president for a while, he takes active part together with Jean-Pierre Lécuyer, visual arts engraver, to organise two triennales of contemporary etchings in the museum of Saint Dié des Vosges  directed by curator Daniel Grandidier.

 

During thirty years he shared his time between his work as an artist and his work with teenagers with social problems. Two foster worlds connected by roundtrips, sometimes painful, when you think about certain sculptures, as well as etchings where the plywood is lacered, hurt, leaving parts of the bodies visible, but also and often happy when our look recomposes that what empties, that what scatters.

 

Group Exhibition

  • Théâtre le Dôme - Saumur  2016
  • Journée de l'Estampe - " Xylon France" - Paris  2014
  • Maison de la culture  " 26 graveurs sur bois" - Rosemont La Petite Patrie - Montréal,
  • Canada  2011     
  • L'Entrepôt - " Xylon en Piste"- Lachine - Montréal,  Canada  2010
  • Centre d'Art Contemporain Fernet Branca -" Xylon 14 " - Saint-louis  2008
  •  Musée Pierre Noël - " Bois Gravé Contemporain " - Saint Dié des Vosges  2007
  • Musée Pierre Noël - 2ème Triennale de gravure sur bois - Saint Dié des Vosges  2005
  • Musée Pierre Noël - 1ère  Triennale de gravure sur bois - Saint Dié des Vosges  2002
  • International Exhibition of Small Graphic - Aqtobe, Kazakhstan  2001
  • 5ème Biennale Europea per incisione - Aqui Terme, Italie  2001
  • Musée Pierre Noël - Groupe Xylon - Saint Dié des Vosges 2001
  • Muséo Municipal de Artes Visuales -  " Sor Josefa Diaz y Clucellas" -  Santa Fe, Argentine 2001
  • Galerie Artgument - Montbazon  2000 - 2001 - 2008
  • Galerie Kortil - Rijeka, Croatie  1999
  • Estampas, présenté par la galerie Benassar - Madrid, Espagne 1999
  • 4a Muestra Latinoamericane y 1a Internacional de Miniprit  -  Rosario, Argentine 1999
  • Galerie 551 - San Francisco, U.S.A. 1998
  • Somar Galerie - San Francisco, U.S.A. 1998
  • Agart World Print Festival - Ljubiana, Slovénie 1998
  • 4ème Triennale Mondiale d'Estampes Petit Format - Chamalière 1997
  • Galerie Atelier 19 - Tours 1996

Solo Show

  • Galerie Argument - Montbazon 2006
  • Médiathèque Victor Hugo - Saint Dié des Vosges 2002
  • Galerie Argument avec Serge Labégorre - Esvres 2002
  • Grand Théâtre - Angers 2002
  • Galerie des Remparts - Le Mans 2001
  • Bibliothèque Universitaire - Angers 1999
  • Galerie Artgument - Montbazon 1999

Public Collections

  • Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Paris
  • Bibliothèque Royale Albert 1er - Bruxelles - Belgique
  • California Society of Printmakers - Emeryville, U.S.A.
  • Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image Imprimée - La Louvière, Belgique
  • Médiathèque Victor Hugo - Saint Dié des Vosges
  • Musée des Beaux- Arts  - Nancy
  • Musée du dessin et de l'Estampe Originale - Gravelines
  • Musée Pierre Bayle - Le Carla Bayle
  • Musée d'Art Contemporain - A.M.A.C. - Chamalières
  • Musée Pierre Noël - Saint Dié des Vosges
  • Musée de l'Imprimerie - Nantes
  • Städtisches  Kunstmuseum Spendhaus- Reutlingen, Allemagne
  • University Library of Rijeka - Croatie
  • Ville de Rotterdam - Pays - Bas

Publications / Catalogues

  • Galerie de l'art Contemporain . Biura Wystaw Artystycznych w Czestochowie 1994
  • California Society of Printmakers.  85 th anniversary 1998
  • Bibliothèque Universitaire de Rijeka. Célébration: 50 th anniversary of the Council of Europe 1999
  • 4 ta  Muestra Latinoaméricana y 1° Internacional. Rosario, Argentina 2000
  • 9 graveurs du groupe Xylon France. Edition La Forge: Maison du bois gravé 2001
  • Schnittstellen Interfaces. Herausgeber / Editeur : Städtisches Kunstmuseum, Spendhaus Reutlingen 2002
  • Bois Gravé Contemporain. Musée Pierre Noël, Saint Dié des Vosges 2005, 2007