Biography

Since his beginnings as an author-illustrator on Celtic graphics and symbolism, David Balade never ceased to open his artistic work on other symbolic universes, throughout his travels and his various collaborations:

August 2017:
Premiere of the show “The Bird Conference”, from the Persian text of Farid ud-Din Attâr. Reading of Erwane Charles, musical composition (violin and piano) by Victor Josse, editing and screening Walid Houaidj, drawings by David Balade

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July 2017 :
broadcasting of the “100 lieux qu’il faut voir” program on France 5, channel, in which David Balade presents the key sites to visit close to his workshop: Fort Lalatte, Dinan and the Hunaudaye Castle.

Fall 2015 :
Release of the illustrated album “Anne de Bretagne, reine à la triple couronne”, text by Yveline Féray, published by Editions Ouest-France.
Exhibition at Fuji-ya Gallery in Beppu, Japan..

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August 2014 :
Guest of honor at the exhibition Detissage: “Sur le Motif”, organized by Anne Guibert-Lassalle, at the Kawamata Space of Saint Thélo.

July 2014 :
organization of the exhibition “A Japanese summer”, with Valérie-Anne Bertin, and various artist and craftsmen related to Japanese culture (Bonsai, origami, calligraphy, ink painting, manga). After this exhibition, each year, have been prepared several thematic exhibitions in which David Balade has invited other international artists: “Au regard de l’Inde”, “Viridis”, “Intuition de l’Envol”, with the artists Renjeeth Ram, Natsuko Fujii, Anne Guibert-Lassalle, Lydie Arnould, Framboise Martin , Sue Venning, Charlie Hall …

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April 2014 :
Kamishibai: “La clé de sa cassette, Anne de Bretagne et Dinan”, in collaboration with the writer Yveline Féray. A project commissioned by the Municipal Library of Dinan, for the 500 years of the death of Anne of Brittany.

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May 2013 :
First participatory giant mandala, in Tréhorenteuc. The experience will continue in different places and for different organizations: Druk Shey College and Lamdon in Leh, Ladakh, Yellow Gumba Monastery in Kathmandu with Little World Nepal, Maison Bernardin of St. Peter in Eragny, Kerninon Castle in Ploulec’h, Hunaudaye Castle, Roger Vercel College.

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July 2012 :
Story telling with screening: Based on the screening of the illustrations of “Brendan in search of the Paradise Islands” by David Balade, the storyteller Jacqueline Baringo presents an updated version of the medieval text, Brendan’s Navigation. The collaboration between the two artists continued with “The Wooing of Etaine”, another medieval Irish story.

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Summer 2010 :
First workshops of Celtic drawings as part of the exhibitions at the Abbey of Saint Jacut de la Mer: Animals, letters, triskels and Celtic spirals. Workshops will also be given later as part of festivals or museums as far as Japan.

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November 2009 :
As part of a pedagogical project of the Roger Vercel College, drawing workshops for the realization of the “Grimoire d’Emeraude”, initiated by Rachel Fiacre and Sylvie Lorre with the writer Eric Simard, the harpist, Myrdhin, and the calligrapher Richard Lempereur.

September 2005 :
Exhibition at the Celtic Festival of Chicago. Participation in other Celtic festivals in Milwaukee, U.S.A. and Kilkenny, Ireland, over the next two years.

Fall 2004 :
Hazy Pandora
, photo and video made with Maylo, presented at the HP exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris..

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April 2003 :
Release of “Motifs Celtiques” b,ook published by the Editions Ouest-France. 16 titles will follow on Celtic graphism, and other topics like Basques motifs or the mandalas in the Middle Ages.

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Summer 2002 :
Exhibition “Les royaumes de l’Onde”, illustrations of Celtic legends on a marine theme. First exhibition of a serie of annual exhibitions at the Abbey of Saint-Jacut-de-la-Mer.

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Spring 2001 :
First exhibition of “Celtic Illuminations”, Manoir de Vaumadeuc (link), Pléven

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July 1995 :
Diploma of the Nantes Business School, Audencia,
Erasmus year at the Faculty of Administration of Empresa de Deusto, Bilbao.
Early career in marketing, marketstudies in Mexico and Ecuador between 1995 and 1998.

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