Philippe Faraut received his degree in woodcarving and the construction of French fine furniture from Germain Sommeillier in Annecy, France,
his boyhood home. An avid traveler, Philippe's destinations have allowed him the opportunity to study the cultures of many countries in Europe,
Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, thus influencing his work in portraiture. After establishing residence in the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia, he
developed an interest in modeling the head in clay. Soon thereafter, he relocated his studio to New York State and began teaching sculpting seminars.
Philippe has created numerous original works ranging from six-inch porcelain figurines to monuments in both stone and bronze. He has exhibited his
sculptures in various galleries and national and international competitions.
For nearly twenty years Philippe has traveled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, to teach sculptors and aspiring sculptors how
to render portraits and figures in clay at private studios and institutions. Together with his wife Charisse, the couple has made Philippe's
techniques available to students and instructors in the form of several video and book series.