Obrénovitch, who moved to the isolated French island of Réunion on the Indian Ocean, is known in Europe and Indonesia for large organic wood installations that address relations between nature and civilization. His The works decorate lobbies of luxury Bali hotels and Hollywood villas.
Obrénovitch is a contemporary French sculptor passionate about wood. His respect for nature is clear in his works, which comprise wooden sculptures built from the ancient tree trunks found in Indonesia’s rainforest. He adopted tree roots as a medium after seeing tree stumps abandoned by loggers one hot summer in the Indonesian island of Java. He was intrigued by the continued use of wood in the industrialised society and the centuries-old wood craft-making skills that have passed down from generation to generation.
Along his travels and in his adopted homeland, Mickaël Obrénovitch always choose to work with the local tree species: olive tree in the Mediterranean, teak in Indonesia, tamarind and coffee wood in Africa and bamboo in China.