Olivier Seguin , La Ruta de la Amistad, Estación, 1968 Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire. Donation Olivier Seguin.
The sculptor Olivier Seguin is the creator of monumental productions in Mexico, Morocco, France, Switzerland and the United States. He studied the École des Beaux-Arts de Lille from 1943 to 1947 and then spent time in Morocco. He then went to Mexico where he lived from 1959 to 1972. There, he created his first monumental works which were crowned with numerous first-prizes and which established him as a major player in the rebirth of urban sculpture in Mexico.
He was invited to represent France for the international project “Ruta de la Amistad” which was coordinated by Mathias Goeritz for the occasion of the Mexico City Olympic Games (1968), he taught as a professor of visual education at the School of architecture of Guadalajara from 1959 to 1965 (taking over from Mr Goeritz), then at the National Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City from 1966 to 1968. In 1969 he went to the United States as an invited professor at Washington University in Saint-Louis, Missouri. Back in France, he overtook the direction of the École des Beaux-Arts de Tours (1972-1990). In 2017, the artist made a gift to the Frac Centre-Val de Loire of a group of works and an historic archive related to his Mexican period.
In 2017, the artist donated several works and historical archives related to his mexican period to Frac Centre-Val de Loire.