Né en Allemagne en 1955, Axel Cassel a grandi en France, il fait des études de droit à la Sorbonne puis s’inscrit à l’Ecole supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris en s’intéressant particulièrement aux arts graphiques, la sculpture se fera plus tard en autodidacte.

L’ intérêt pour la sculpture vient d’une profonde admiration pour les travaux de Constantin Brancusi, Hans Arp et Henry Moore. Il fréquente assidûment le Musée de l’Homme et la soif de découvrir le monde le prend, tenace, qui le mènera de la Nouvelle-Guinée à Java, de Bali au Burkina, du Togo au Bénin, du Népal à l’Inde...

Sa sculpture reste liée à la nature et à la figure humaine, il travaille le bois, la terre, le plâtre et le métal.
Les sculptures récentes, toujours entre figuration et abstraction ont recours à la forme difficilement saisissable des volutes de nuages et de fumées.

Born in Germany in 1955, Axel Cassel was brought up in France where he abandoned law studies after discovering art school. Seduced by the delights of working in three dimensions after modeling with clay, and deeply impressed by the art Brancusi, Axel decided to become a sculptor himself.

His studies led him often to the Musée de l'Homme in Paris where he developed a thirst to discover the world at first hand : thirst he would later quench in travelling from New Guinea to Java, from Bali to Brukina-Faso, from Togo to Benin, and from India to Nepal. From these journeys he would retain an enduring vision of theprecarious nature of man's existence in the face of natural forces, of life's physical and and metaphysical rootedness in the fecund soil, and an image of the earth as an inexhaustible source of nourishment and regeneration.

In the 80's, the artist worked on expressing these concepts though "happenings" where he built figures from the fresh-dug earth and then left them in situ to weather and degrade. As the demand for ephemeral art waned Axel concentrated his energies on working around the human figure, exploring hieratic attitudes and improbable postures. His work hiss portrayal of man seems to oscillate between figuration and abstraction.

 
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