Frédéric Naud

French Contemporary Sculptor

Human engineering is just a natural organic process.

The artist and his Art

PORTRAIT of Fred Naud

“I love the idea of changing the audience’s scale of time, to put a different read on their everyday lives.”

Fred Naud has been an artist for the past twenty years,  he is an autodidact who draws inspiration from past and present artists likes Van Gogh, Gauguin, Gaudi and Soulages.

Charles Darwin’s evolutionary vision of life influences Naud’s work, which takes a positive view of the future: What if other species could arise from the carbon that humanity leaves behind? Through works that appear surrealistic, Carbon Rock Project is an invitation to discover a poetic representation of a carbon-rich world to come: The neo-organisms.

by Solène BOURSIER, Cultural mediator

Genesis -> Where are we going ?!...

Carbon Rock Genesis

film realized in collaboration with :

Script / Storyboard / Black paint : Fred Naud

Script / Storyboard / Drawings : César Audebert

Editing / Soundtrack : Vincent Fribault

Shooting / Retouching : Gildas Paré 

Bridge between Art & Sciences

Photo de Denis MICHEL, docteur en sédimentologie, qui a rédigé la préface du catalogue de l'artiste sculpteur contemporain Fred Naud


Doctor of Sedimentology

Four billion years ago, life on Earth kicked off its long journey. The type of environment where life appeared and the mechanisms behind its emergence remain unknown.


At first, life remained unicellular, then became multicellular, until the Cambrian explosion. From this “zoological Big Bang” that occurred a mere 540 million years ago, there emerged about thirty body plans, or phyla, from which all animal species are derived through the course of biological evolution.


Human beings – an accident of nature, stateless in biodiversity , organisms that are relatively powerful and potentially emancipated – nonetheless remain unfailingly subject to natural mechanisms. We currently are the playthings of a technological evolution where the inner workings have a natural essence, like those of biological evolution.


Artists have the ability to draw inspiration from the countless layers of the past that constitute us all, thus allowing us to see such imaginary spaces through their creations.


Fred Naud is manifestly fascinated by the ever changing story of life on our planet. That is why he chooses carbon, the fundamental ingredient of living things, as the basis of several of his works while combining them with other factors necessary for life: light, water and heat.


From the laboratory of this visionary artist emerge dazzlingly meaningful works, such as his emblematic pedestal table featuring the primordial “soup” – a theoretical setting that once was the darling of scientists, and today still serves as a metaphor in our minds. The inventiveness of this brilliant architect of new worlds is resolutely infinite, like that of living processes and the human spirit.

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