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Laurent Martin Lo Biography

Born in France, he trained as visual artist in ENSAD (Paris). For many years he worked as creative director both in advertising and fashion. His first encounter with bamboo was totally circumstantial but it was "love at first sight", the artist says. Bamboo becomes his obsession, really a passion, that drove the artist to change his life. He left behind his work, house, city...to set up on his first trip to the bamboo countries. Since then he has been traveling long roads in search of the essence of bamboo. Roads which have taking him all over the world to countries that are in what the artist call "the bamboo belt"...an imaginary terrestrial parallel running around the tropics which, thanks to bamboo, unites far-flung peoples and connects, from Americas to Asia, diverse cultures.

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He travelled to remote areas of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam where for many communities the bamboo is still the main resource. Living with them, Laurent learnt the craftsmanship and different uses of bamboo. He also discover the emotionality and millenary tradition of bamboo as well as its sensuality and spirituality. When he travelled to Central and South America, he followed the work of architects andengineers who use bamboo natural properties, flexibility and hardiness, mixed with contemporary techniques and materials. The Indonesian trip meant the integration of bamboo ́s emotional charges, the creativity and the architectural dimensions by discovering the fusion of traditional techniques with contemporary architecture.

Lo's creative process has been mainly an evolution process. His creativity lies within his deep knowledge and understanding of bamboo. His artistic palette is within the physical and sensorial virtues of bamboo: its very sophisticated organic structure, but also its energy as well as its spirituality. Establishing an intimate dialogue with bamboo, Laurent experiments its flexibility, resistance, density, lightness, mathematics and poetry. A language that allows him to combine both tension and compression, creating sculptures based on movement and balance.

His bamboo structures swing, drawing curves and harmony in the air. With his subtle yet strong gestures, tensions and counterweights, the artist tells us about a fragile harmony that is achieved using opposites: flexibility and strength, fullness and void, light and shadow, movement and quietness. "Lo" invites the spectator to begin a personal dialogue with him/herself looking for calm, serenity and the balance in nature.

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Bowing by Laurent Martin Lo contemporary artwork sculpture
Laurent Martin Lo Bowing, 2018 Taiwan smoked bamboo, titan braid fishing thread, steel rings and base, ceramic ball
40 x 150 x 55 cm
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Galactic 06 by Laurent Martin Lo contemporary artwork sculpture
Laurent Martin Lo Galactic 06, 2023 Taiwan smoked bambú,fish net thread, ceramic balls
150 x 200 x 200 cm
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Ryoko by Laurent Martin Lo contemporary artwork sculpture
Laurent Martin Lo Ryoko, 2022 Taiwan smoked bambú,fishing thread, steel balls
53 x 46 x 20 cm
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Galactic 01 by Laurent Martin Lo contemporary artwork sculpture
Laurent Martin Lo Galactic 01, 2022 Taiwan smoked bamboo, Titan braid thread, Leads, brass and Ceramic balls
100 x 240 x 240 cm
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Galactic 07 by Laurent Martin Lo contemporary artwork sculpture
Laurent Martin Lo Galactic 07, 2023 Taiwan smoked bamboo, Titan braid thread, Leads and Ceramic balls
90 x 140 x 140 cm
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Emporté par le vent by Laurent Martin Lo contemporary artwork sculpture
Laurent Martin Lo Emporté par le vent, 2019 Smoked bamboo, Titan braid thread, Leads and Ceramic base
55 x 82 x 68 cm
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Big Bang by Laurent Martin Lo contemporary artwork sculpture
Laurent Martin Lo Big Bang, 2023 Taiwan smoked bamboo, Fishing net thread and Ceramic ball
175 x 260 x 260 cm
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Kite by Laurent Martin Lo contemporary artwork sculpture
Laurent Martin Lo Kite, 2019 Bamboo, Titan braid threads, leads, ceramic ball
145 x 100 x 40 cm
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