Gaëtan Essayie was born and raised in Biot, a small medieval village perched on a hill in the south of France. His trajectory began in the atelier of his father, Denis Essayie, who studied under Viviana Torun in the 1960s. The art of the curve and knot with a single silver wire is central to his aesthetics, which according to him must be above all functional.
Since 2008, Gaëtan has explored the volume and curve of the jewelry to create a strong and recognizable design. The clasps are intriguing, they fulfill their function secretly. Indeed, most of models are not welded. From 2013 till 2017, Gaëtan lived in Berlin and worked in the collective workshop Volksluxus, in the heart of the cosmopolitan area of Kreuzberg.
Gaëtan has continued to evolve through his encounters and collaborations with other artists who have also been infused with Berlin’s unique energy. He has conceived masks and body accessories, defining a new path of his work for the performing arts. Between crafts and design with no necessity to belong to any category.
In 2018 Gaëtan Essayie continues to explore movement and material in his studio in Biot.