Roland Piché (born London, 1938), emerged as a radical art student in the early 1960s from the Royal College of Art. He was immediately recognised as an important, independent new voice and through the New Generation Exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery, he was identified and subsequently represented for several years by leading London art gallery, Marlborough Fine Art.
During these years Piché enjoyed numerous high-profile exhibitions and his work attracted a great deal of publicity both within the art world and popular culture; his portrait was even taken by photographer, David Bailey, for Vogue.
Between 1956-1960 Piché was a part-time assistant to Henry Moore whose sculpture has had a significant influence on his life's work, which is complex, reflecting an admiration of American art, together with the humanist european traditions, and formal issues of ancient Egyptian art.
He was for many years Principal Lecturer and Head of Sculpture at Maidstone and Canterbury Schools of Art and was able throughout those forty years to research and test both the teaching methods and the nature of art and sculpture.
Piché is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors (FRSS). Like some of his rebellious contemporaries at the time, he refused (not once but twice) election as a Royal Academician (RA), although has exhibited his work a number of times at the Royal Academy Summer Show.
Piché's work is in many public collections, including: the Royal College of Art; the Museum of Modern Art - New York; the Peter Stuyvesant Foundation; the British Council; Sao Paulo Museum; the Arts Council of Great Britain; and the Gothenburg Museum, Sweden.
In 2013 Piché had a major solo exhibition entitled 'The Road to Canterbury' at Canterbury Cathedral as part of the Canterbury Festival 2013. Now in his late seventies, he continues to produce innovative new work from his home studio which for the past 50 years has been in Tollesbury, Essex.
1961 Walter Neurath Prize
1964 Gallery, prize, Young Contemporaries Bronze Medal, Royal College of Art
1965 Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Travel Bursary, 4th Biennale de la Ville de Paris
1966 Structure 66, Arts Council of Gt. Britain, Welsh Committee (1st Prize)
1968 Commission Prize, Moorgate Sculpture Competition
1977 Arts Council of Great Britain Award
1979 Eastern Arts Association Award
1984 A Sculpture for Aberdeen, Scotland, cast at Morris Singer Bronze Foundry
1992 The National Sculpture Commission, Nene College, Northampton
2007 Julian Trevelyan Award for Prints, Originals Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1967 Marlborough Gallery, London
1969 Gallery Ad Libitum, Antwerp
Middelheim Biennale, Antwerp
1975 Canon Park, Birmingham
1980 The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Minories Galleries, Colchester
1993 Kopp-Bardellini Agent Gallery, Zurich CH
2001 Glaxo Smith Kline - Harlow Research Centre
2006 Sculpture in The Garden, Botanic Garden Leicester
2012/13 Sculpt Gallery - selected group exhibitions
2013 Canterbury Cathedral, Solo Exhibition
Piché's work featured in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London, in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998.