Ingrid Donat is a French- Swedish artist born in 1957. Donat trained at École des Beaux Arts and later she met with Sylva Bernt, who instructed her in the art of sculpture. During the 80’s sculptor Diego Giacometti pushed her to start creating her own furniture.
Now, Donat currently stands as one of the most influential living artists in Decorative Arts. Her sculptured bronze furniture pieces exist as a symbiosis between the sophistication of Art Deco against the force of Tribal Art. Her creations take a painterly approach to the weighty medium of bronze.
Donat draws upon a diverse range of decorating influences including tribal tattooing. The works of Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Armand-Albert Rateau have inspired the characters and intricate patterns in her art. Donat crosses time without ever anchoring herself in the trends of the moment.
The Swedish-French artist Ingrid Donat has evolved several visual motifs of lines, squares, rings and circles that cover the surfaces of her bronze furniture designs.
Her Commode Facettes Haute is one of Donat’s most intricate artworks, covered in geometric designs achieved by the lost wax casting method. The interior is similarly adorned, and finished in a gold patina to give the commode an interior glow.
The artist’s fascination with marking the surface of her work is born from African scarification traditions, which she first encountered on her childhood home of Réunion island.