Silicone, plaster, wax, resin… whatever the material, its plasticity, its absorption of light, its porosity, its density and its scale, Philippe Renault knows the material subtleties that will allow it to be molded. Introduced to molding by his father, he worked at the Villenauxe-la-Grande porcelain factory the following year.
At the Beaux-Arts de Paris, it was Robert Nogues who passed on the secrets of his practice to him in 1983. He inaugurated his own studio in 1987 and then began a career as a restorer but also as a creator in the field of molding. It responds in particular to orders from demanding sponsors such as Historic Monuments and National Heritage, among others: the National Assembly, the cathedrals of Reims or Amiens, the Banque de France, the Grand Palais, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, the restaurant l'Ambroisie, the Bourdelle or Maillol museums, the Dina Vierny Foundation... He also works with contemporary artists such as Anne and Patrick Poirier, Etienne Martin, Robert Couturier... Philippe Renault collectively directs the material/space laboratory with Fabrice Vannier and Götz Arndt.