Making an individual’s imprint emerge from the material means recording your own life at the heart of the universal story. Recreating an original link in an aesthetic and even sacred way and revealing each person’s inner light.
InEdito was established in 2016 from the collaboration between Gérard Desquand and Sophie Renoir and stems from the alliance of distinctly separate skills; engraving from Gérard Desquand, and expertise in historical and family symbolism and transmission, as well as expert knowledge of the arts and craft sector; and, from Sophie Renoir, expertise in international communication placing creation, revealing the deep soul beneath, at the heart of humanity. Their complementary skills are fed by unceasing artistic research, and common sensibilities as well as reciprocal influences.
Gérard Desquand is an engraver and a recognised master in the art.
For more than 40 years, he has been telling the story of mankind through heraldic symbolism and has dedicated his life to printing. Focussing on the history of the human species and nature, he has been undertaking a humanist work through reinterpretation of ancient cylinder seals, which were the first media to be used for communication between people, and appeared in Mesopotamia little more than 6,000 years ago. He crafts narrative cylindrical matrices, creates unique pieces and contemporary and timeless works for institutions, large groups or individuals, all of whom are sensitised to the idea of rooting their history differently in time and in humanity’s history.
Gérard Desquand has also been committed for over 30 years to promoting the value of French arts and crafts and passing them down. He was the President of l’Institut National des Métiers d’Art (the French National Institute of Arts and Crafts) from 2014 to 2016, and President of the Grands Ateliers de France from 2010 to 2012, and he was re-elected for this role in 2016.
Sophie Renoir specialises in the development of international cultural projects.
Holding a degree in International Relations and specialising in cultural communication and events, she has been focusing on this sector since 2000 by integrating the French Directorate of Media Development (DDM), a service appointed by the Prime Minister and attached to the Ministry of Culture and Communication, in order to develop the European eContent program in it. She then organised two exhibitions as Curator, including the international CowParade exhibition in Paris in 2006. She spent 3 years in New York organising various international events and meetings on behalf of the Institut Français and then on behalf of the Représentation Permanente de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (The Permanent Representation for the International Organisation of La Francophonie) at the United Nations. On returning to Paris in 2010, she developed her personal contemporary art project, ARTrévélation, and began work on the design and development of a humanist art project. In 2016, she joined forces with Gérard Desquand, with whom she collaborated in carrying out artistic research, creating works and developing InEdito.