Artist profile

Jean-Robert Ipousteguy

Ipousteguy was a French sculptor and painter. He was born in 1920 in Dun-sur-Meuse, France. There he attented an evening art course where his talent was recognized. These studies were disrupted by World War II, but after the liberation of France he returned to Paris and finished his studies. In the 1950s he turned away from painting and started to work on sculptures. After approaching the field with figurative work, he moves towards figurative work. After a trip to Greece and discovering artworks from the 5th century BCS he intensified his focus on nudes and human anatomy. In 1965 he completed Ecbatane, a major polystyrene work portraying Alexander the Great. Six years later he received his first official commission from the Franco-German nuclear physics research centre at Grenoble. In 1978, he had a major retrospective show at the Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques in Paris and one year later at the Kunsthalle, Berlin. In 2001 the Ipousteguy Cultural Centre was opened in his town of birth and he died five years later. Ipousteguy is very well known for his frescos and stained glass windows for Saint-Jacques Church, Petit Montrouge.


Born in France
Bright Prize, Venice Biennale
Grand National Prize for Art
Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur
Died in France