Born in southern France (Plan-de-Cuques) in 1934, the sculptor and draughtsman Andre Barelier follows his education at the School of Fine Arts in Marseille (in the period 1948-1958) while working at a sculptor, and at the School of Fine Arts of Paris (period 1953-1961). In 1961, he receives the special prize in the contest of monumental art, and has won the first prize of Rome. Between 1962 and 1965, André Barelier stays at the Villa Medici, where his encounter with Balthus plays a determining role in the development of his drawings and sculptures. He also discovers Giacometti who influences him in his research of the connection of the topic and the space surrounding it. His first solo exhibition is held in Paris in 1967 (Visconti Gallery). In 1968, André Barelier is appointed professor at the School of Fine Arts in Paris. Many exhibitions are devoted to his work in France and abroad. In 1981, an exhibition Balthus-Barelier-Rouan is organized in Ratilly. The work of Andre Barelier demonstrates a classical art and a great mastery of the material; particularly his bronze works in which alternate worked surfaces and flat surfaces.
Literature: Balthus-Barelier-Rouan, collective, cat. exhibition, Contemporary Art Center, Ratilly, 1981