(Paris, 1921 – Bagneux, 2008)
Son of a « Medecinal Nobel Prize » and Opera singer, Albert Feraud arrived in Paris just before the war in order to finish high school. He went to Nîmes during the hostilities and pursued his schooling at the Beaux-Arts Academy in Montpellier, then Marseille and finally in Paris, where he studied in Alfred Janniot workshop. In 1951, Albert Féraud received Prix de Rome of sculpture. During three years as pensionary at Villa Medicis, Albert Féraud developed a great sense of equilibrium and learned sculptural harmony.
In 1954, back in France, Féraud abandons classical expression and experiments different materials: lead (influenced by Giacometto), and stainless iron (that his friend Cesar just discovered). During the years 1960’s, Albert Feraud is interested in material recovery and his work evolves into an abstraction increasingly marked. With other sculptors such as his friends Cesar and Michel Guino, he finds his materials in cars dump, industrial discharges.
It was the time of his first two major exhibitions in 1960 and 1961 at the Galerie de Paris 7. Every year since then, an exhibition dedicated to his work took place in France and abroad (Basel, Zurich, Montreal, Lucerne , Frankfurt, Berlin, Warsaw , Turin ... ). An extensive bibliography is devoted to the work of Feraud, whose name is related to the exploration of the possibilities of stainless steel .
Having a vast mechanical studio in Bagneux, still full of machineries, Féraud started a new career, folding, assembling, welding, twisting, shredding, and adjusting metal in his very expressive compositions. His favourite material is the weld iron. Freed from its label Prix de Rome, he can therefore freely expose what he creates.
Albert Feraud is passionate by projection lines, curves, spirals and arabesques, previously privileged for the two-dimensional works. His sense of harmony and balance demonstrate the quality of his works, both for the amateur of sculpture and for the architect looking for an animation. In 1989, Albert Feraud was elected member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Victim of a stroke, he stops working several years before dying in 2008.