Louis was born in France to a modest family.
At the tender age of two, his father was made redundant and in this situation, saw the hand of destiny which enabled him to spend more time with his second-born son. This hard-working father decided to live his life differently, at least for a time, refusing any offers of work or social assistance to devote himself fully to the education of his young boy.
During this period, courageously and creatively, he started renovating and converting the family home, with the help of little Louis, who was passing tiles to his dad even before he took his first steps. Louis’ toys were in a tool box and his first works of art found form through his father’s paint brushes.
One day, his primary school teacher sought out Louis’ mother during a parent-teacher meeting. She pointed out the fact that, among the drawings that hung on the classroom walls, those by Louis stood out. The teacher was convinced that Louis would one day find his calling in an artistic profession. Louis’ aptitude for design was clearly established. He was only 4 years old.
On the morning of his fifth birthday, Louis jumped excitedly on his big brother’s bike and set off on his first outing around a car park that adjoined the family home. His feet hardly touched the pedals, and in this car park full of cars, Louis had no choice but to jump off the bicycle to stop! Louis’ parents, who had witnessed the whole scene in terror, were astounded by the gesture, but above all, they were impressed by his determination which seemed unstoppable. In the years that followed, Louis never left his bicycle.
A new arrival in the family meant that Louis shared a bedroom with his new baby sister, the first major happy event in his life. Louis took his responsibilities very seriously and with no bidding from anyone, spent days and nights protecting his little sister. For 3 years, his sister shared his bedroom, the walls of which were covered with dozens of Louis’ drawings.
As the years passed, drawings continued to paper the walls of the house and Louis continued spending time with his father who passed on his skills in carpentry and wood sculpture. Louis also spent many weekends admiratively watching his father painting pointillism or making sculptures in clay.