Éric Leblanc was 14 when he started out as an apprentice plasterer in Nantes. He joined the Compagnons du Devoir at the age of 17, and traveled all over Europe during his apprenticeship. During his travels in France, Germany and Italy, particularly Venice and Florence, he rubbed shoulders with the great masters and learned from them new skills such as modeling, stamping, staff and stucco. His dearest wish is to perpetuate the tradition of plasterers, staffers and stucco artists, while pushing his work and research towards contemporary creation.
At 14, I fell into a plaster bucket and I never got out of it. At 40, under the pseudonym Ri-ton, I create plaster artworks to unexpectedly present my profession to young people.
Eric Leblanc is both a creator and a restorer of places. In his creative work, he devotes himself to contemporary forms and research in order to evolve his profession in today's world. In restoration, he respects the history of the works and seeks to restore the original appearance to the places he renovates.
Lauréat du Prix Liliane Bettencourt pour l'Intelligence de la Main® 2009 En savoir plus