Born on 30 June 1963, StÃ©phane comes from a family of artists. When he was a child, he was found to be exceptionally gifted (IQ of 187 on the Stanford Binet scale), and has succeeded in developing the aspects of his personality through the expression of his art.
His work reflects this, and the qualities that flow from it are:
Originality, intensified by an especially imaginative spirit and a sharp sense of perfectionism, are the characteristic traits of an artist who is on a never-ending search for the absolute.
The concept of robots satisfies the search for immortality pursued by artists, and fulï¬ls the fantasy of creation. Since the beginning of time, Man has sought to go beyond his humanity by studying the means of creating life artificially.
Robots are made in the image of the modern indefatigable, independent and reassuring human being.
StÃ©phane's works force those who view them to explore their imaginations and thereby catch a glimpse of something that does not exist.
On 14 September 1991, a monument was inaugurated on the La Ceva (Fontan) plain at 1720 metres above sea level to commemorate the crash of the Liberator bomber Â«Dallas LadyÂ» on 12 September 1944, 400 metres above the monument, which cost the lives of 11 American aviators. The plane had left from Algiers, and was supposed to parachute arms and munitions (18 containers and six large packages of one cubic metre each) to Italian partisans in the Turin area, but as a result of a navigation error on a rainy night, it struck the mountain.
The residents of the hamlet of Berghe heard explosions for over 48 hours. 11 concrete headstones remember the aviators, and the central monument, which is in both French and English, tells the story of the flight and lists the names of the victims. The monument was conceived by the sculptor Sacha Sosno, and incorporates the remains of the aeroplane. Following an agreement with the Parc National du Mercantour, the town of Fontan decided to offer the land occupied by the museum area to the United States.