Julien Righi was born February 17, 1977 in Rillieux-la-Pape, France.
He left university aged 21 to learn woodcarving via a CAP diploma of ornamental sculptor. As a craftsman, he could not bring himself to work in duplicate and naturally turned towards exclusive works, using precious pieces of wood leftover from cabinet makers.
After a few years of creating wooden contemporary jewelry, came the encounter with metal that changed his work in weight and dimension, enlarging the possibilities of working with recuperated materials. His will to explore the diversity of materials and the inspiration that he captures from the original object leads him to create unique pieces of art and continue his insatiable artistic research. It is after all, the art of composition that Julien Righi explores, on his journey in search of simplicity and balance.
Julien now works for public and private collections on monumental sculptures, installations, and personal art works, he enjoys performing in situ on symposiums, collective events and residences.
Founder of the association Art Rhythme Ethique (artists' collective), he organizes exhibitions and cultural events in his workshop.
Le Hangar, where he lives and works is a collective workshop, Ali Baba cavern of recycling as well as an exhibition space, place of living, drop in center, shelter... The exhibition room, dedicated to ideas, changes depending on the mood into a concert hall, a showroom, a rehearsal studio, an experimental space. A sunday workshop here, a poetry evening there...
His work is directly influenced by this multidimensional place, inspired by encounters, timeless objects and unusual characters ...
I work almost exclusively from recycled materials. But most of the time it does not show ... this is not the goal, but it is at the heart of my approach. I am attracted by waste, which will be lost, disappear: scraps, everything that is broken, ravined, fragile, unusable, rejected. Everything speaks to me. In my world nothing is lost, nothing is lost, everything is material to transmutation. The eye and the hand go to work of course, but especially the mind, the intuition, the silent listening. I let myself be guided ... Thus are born works often totally different from each other, because it is not my style that I impose but each time a new balance to compose. This way of doing things led me to work a lot on installations and creations in situ from imposed materials that will be destroyed shortly after; a lot of space planning, too and monumental works on which I love to invest myself. At the same time, I have never stopped producing personal works. Very active in the artistic and associative regional life, I like to make live the art in rural environment and to make it accessible to all.