Bruno Catalano

in a few dates


Birth in Khouribga, Morocco, near Casablanca. Bruno is the third and last child of sicilian family. His first 10 years in this colorful postcolonial society are happy ones, despite incomplete schooling.


The Catalano family leaves Morocco for France. Bruno experiences this uprooting with no anxiety; he’s impatient to discover the metropolis. He adjusts fairly quickly to his new environment, even if, at school, he’s sometimes reminded that he’s not a native.


Starts working (on his 20th birthday) as an electrician at the shipping company, Paquet. He stays there 2 years.


Starts working at the “Société Nationale maritime Corse Méditerranée”. He stays there 4 years until 1986.


Gets acquainted with the work of clay. He enrolls in Françoise Hamel’s modeling class in Marseille, which he attends for 2 years. To complete his training, he reads the specialized manuals of, among others, Italian sculptor Bruno Lucchesi, in which he learns the secrets of


Opens his own art studio. He acquires an oven in which he bakes his first clay figurines. He spends 5 productive years there.


Opens a new studio. He participates in his first collective exhibitions in


Following his suggestion, the municipality of the 5th arrondissement of Marseille commissions him to create a bust of Yves Montand to be displayed in the public garden that carries the singer-actor’s name, on Jean Jaurès square. He exhibits at Marseille’s “Salon International de l’Art Contemporain”, at the “Salon d’Art Contemporainde la Bastille” and “Salon de Bercy”. Local galleries (Aix-en-Provence, Saintes-Maries de la Mer, Saint-Rémy de Provence) begin to show interest in Bruno’s work.


A flaw in one of his characters – a depiction of Cyrano – prompts him to dig and hollow out the chest. A painful realization ensues as well as a new path of work. His new sculptures are an instant success.


First exhibition in a Parisian gallery. His torn “travelers” appeal to an international clientele. His production increases accordingly.

Jouissant Aujourd’hui d'une renommée nationale et internationale, les sculptures de Bruno Catalano font partie des collections de grandes sociétés et des grandes collections privées et publiques dans le monde. Elles sont exposées en France, Angleterre, en Chine, en Belgique, en Suisse, et aux États Unis.