Nice-born Bolongaro makes a career in the art world as a free electron. A former businessman, today he dares show his personal universe and creation at last. Welcome to a humorous and man of conviction’s world.
Brought up in an artistic environment as well as a business one, he soon develops his talents. At the age of 6, he draws his first work and sells it! The artist and the businessman reveal themselves. An art enthusiast, brilliant and endearing, he soon becomes Arman and Sosno’s protégé, two tops of Ecole de Nice members. They’re going to write a beautiful story together of positive healthy competition. One day, Arman told him: “Say what you want to do and we’ll do it together”.
Today, Stéphane is recognized for his Totor, a merry Jack Russel striking a pose. In 2002, unconventional and fun, Totor’s creator starts showing a piece of polyester sculpture of a pair of legs because, according to him, part of a woman remains unattainable. In 2003 he works on “Aliens”, little green men with a tinge of humour. Captivated by Artificial Intelligence, he also works on robots.
In 2015, he chooses his mother’s dog as a model,
a Jack Russel with “very impressive eyes”.
Bolongaro doesn’t do things by half and he allows himself to be guided by instinct. Fascinated by the States, he lives partly in Nice and partly in Miami. One of his Totor stands on North Miami Beach To meet Totor, you only need to wander across Nice. Place du Commandant Gérôme, he waves to car drivers, at the Central Station, he waits for an imaginary train holding his luggage of course. In the entrance hall of Hôpital Lenval, wearing the cape of Superman he keeps watch over sick children.
A man of principle with a big heart, he is dead set on sharing his vision of art with the young. He is one of the few artists who visit school and give time to pass on their knowledge. He invites school children in his studio to initiate them to his trade, which of course enthrals the kids.
Bolongaro has also written Totor’s adventures, a comic book in two volumes both serious and fun. We recommend you get them!