Patrice Moreau was born on July 15, 1953 in Chinon (Indre & Loire). Married, he has two children, lives and works in Saumur.
His childhood was deeply marked first by the past of his father's prisoner in Germany, then by the presence of American troops stationed in the Chinon forest until 1967, and finally by his integration into a military school "E.M.P.T. Le Mans" at the age of 12.
After a few years working at the factory or on public works sites, he decided to become a specialized educator, and then he began studying psychology at the University of Lyon III. It is during these years that he met Henri André 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 Miro and Antoni Tàpies. 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.
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