Biography
Personal Works

    Since late 2015, Sissy Piana invites us into her private world and is striving to create unique pieces. Realistic busts in human size of musicians, actors and writers who have accompanied and inspired her throughout her life. In just one year, she presents an entire collection of inhabited faces, with sensitive and accurate expressions.

  During each execution Sissy coexists and communicates with her subject to emerge from matter all of her admiration and familiar feelings for each of these personalities. Through this work she establishes a human network, sharing her passion with fans, relatives of persons she pays tribute to, and some of these personalities in person (Mikis Theodorakis, Michel Tournier, ...).

  In the beginning of 2016 the Stones Fan Museum in Lüchow, Germany commissioned a series of busts of the Rolling Stones, and the municipality of Choisel, France commissioned a bust of Michel Tournier after his death which saddened his admirers.     From realization in clay or plasticine to resin or plaster draw, through casting, Sissy performs alone every piece of her collection. Each draw, then finalized is unique.

    Born in 1959 in Greece in the city of Giorgio de Chirico, Sissy Piana learned drawing in Vasilis Keramidas atelier, then went to study in the Beaux Arts School of Marseille in France at the age of 17.

    Naturalized French, she traveled and presented art exhibitions in France, Greece and Germany before working as a sculptor and painter at the decor Atelier the Petit Chantier for ten years, actively participating in the construction of sets for various theaters, opera houses and event venues like the National Opera of Marseille, the National Theatre of La Criée, the National Theatre of Poitou-Charente, the Stade de France or the Fashion Museum of Paris (Sylvie Vartan retrospective), the Avignon Festival, etc. in collaboration with many artists and personalities such as Henri Alekan. She also participated in the decor setting for films and television series (The Horseman on the Roof, the Héritiers, etc.).

    Since 1993 she is the exclusive sculptor for Manex, France-Display New York and one of the most prestigious and historical busts and mannequins manufacturers, the Company Stockman. She realizes prototypes, mannequins, busts, heads, torsos and accessories for the major brands of ready-to-wear and haute couture (Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Boucheron, Calvin Klein, Benetton, GAP ...) and for cultural and fashion institutions (Busts adjusted for costume exhibition from the Louvre Museum, couture busts with Emmanuel Bossuet to the Bon Marché, Chanel runway autumn-winter 2016-2017, etc.)

© 2019 by Lesley Schenk

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