Born in Montmartre, sculptor and designer Philippe Hiquily (French, 1925–2013) studied at the Lycée Pothier, the Collège Saint Euverte, and the École des Beaux-Arts in Orléans between 1936 and 1944. Later, he studied at the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts, and frequented the ateliers of sculptors Jean Tinguely and Germaine Richier. Hiquily finished his studies in 1953, and opened his own studio in Paris that same year.

In 1959, he received the Critic’s Prize for sculpture at the Paris Biennial, and also showed work at New York-based gallery The Contemporaries, where he met well-known American artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. He also developed personal ties to Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp, as well as Surrealist artists Max Ernst and Georges Bataille, among others.

Known for his works in metal, Hiquily spent his early career creating abstract, figurative sculptures in iron, brass, and aluminum. In the 1960s, he began designing furniture as well. During the 1980s, he created mobile sculptures powered by electric motors. The artist died at the age of 88 in Villejuif, France.

Timeline

1925
Born in Montmartre
1950
Debuted as a sculptor, working mostly in iron, sheet iron (tole), brass and aluminum
1948–1953
Studyied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris (frequented the ateliers of sculptors Jean Tinguely and Germain Richier from whom he received his foundation in understanding sculpture)
1955
Exhibited for the first time at the Palmes Gallery in Paris, followed by a show at the gallery Contemporaries in New York where he encountered major art world individuals such as Leo Castelli, Robert Rauchenberg, James Rosenquist, Jasper Johns and Isamu Noguchi among others
1959
Won the Prize of the Critics at the Paris Biennale
1960
Began creating furniture that was dream-like and surrealist in spirit
1980
Work in bronze commenced
1986
First show at the gallery Patrice Trigano in Paris
2013
Died in Villejuif, France at the age of 88

Exhibitions

2007
Hiquily Fer, Galerie Ratton Hourdé, Paris, France (solo)
2007
Présentation d’une Marathonienne au Salon du Collectionneur
2005
Bronzes, Galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France (solo)
2004
Expose à la FIAC pour la galerie Patrice Trigano, Paris, France
2003
Foire de Bologne, Galerie Patrice Trigano, Italy
2001
Hiquily, fers uniques, Galerie Ratton Hourdé, Paris, France (solo)
2000
Fer pièces uniques, Galerie Loft, Paris, France (solo)
1992
Participe à la Troisième Biennale Internationale, Matera, Italy
1989
Dessins, sculptures, Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, Galerie Loft, Paris, France
1988
Dessins, sculptures, Galerie Loft, Paris, France (solo)
1984
Sculptures récentes, F.I.A.C, galerie Fabien Boulakia, Paris, France (solo)
1964
Exposition à la Galerie du Dragon, Paris, France (solo)
1963
I.C.A London, UK (solo)
1959
Exposition à la galerie « The Contemporaries de New York » (solo)

Public Collections

Musée d'Art Contemporain, La Havane, Cuba
MoMA, New York, NY
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Montréal, Canada
Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris, France
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Musée d'Art et d'Industrie de Staint-Etienne, Saint-Étienne, France
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY