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Demetre Chiparus (Romanian, 1886-1947)

Demetre Chiparus was a Romanian Art Deco era sculptor who lived and worked in Paris, France.
He was born in Romania, educated in Italy and took up residence in Paris in 1912.
Chiparus attended school at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. In 1920s Demetre perfected the technique of combining bronze and ivory known as chryselephantine, his art flourished; he was considered by many to be one of the best sculptors of Art Déco Era.
However, due to the huge commercial success of his work, he exhibited only sporadically at the Salon des Artistes Français.
He rose to fame in the 1920s and 30s, perfecting the technique of chryselephantine, a way of forming sculptures from bronze and ivory.