Coming from a family of upscale decorators, Plum’s childhood was surrounded by the aesthetic stimulation of shapes, colors, and materials. He started to draw from an early age with his sculptor uncle, and with that, he developed a taste for plastic work and volumes, and a passion for the finitude of the object.
However, it was only after the birth of his daughter in 2017 that a creative need arose within him. Something that was once dormant now shone as clear as day. The finite being he constantly saw in his private life caused him to paradoxically feel the lack of a creative life and meaning to his approach.
He became PLUM – a name that reflects his childhood: lightness of all that believe in silence and remains hidden – and now he was armed with only one obsession, to create. For several months, under a frenzy of inspiration, he produced and developed this initial concept, marrying in homage the obscure reality of the beginning within him, by signing these feathers resting on the black mechanics of a drawing written as negative.
Growing up in the fashion industry and being constantly influenced by designers such as Gerard Darel, it is no surprise that Fano fell into the textile industry as soon as he moved. He created the ‘trapeze dress,’ a garment that flatters all shapes and sizes, as well as becoming the predecessor to the avant-gardist wooden shop mannequin. What’s more, Fano designed the display windows of the boutiques that he bravely opened. They say that eyes are the window to ones’ soul however Fano’s boutique windows beautifully displayed his hunger to create.
After his return to Paris, the artist dabbled briefly in real estate before becoming a global designer. He began with urban streetwear, navigating a world for himself where urban trends become accessible to a wider audience, relying simply on logic and his intrinsic passion for design.
Fano then began playing with simple materials that make a resounding impression, such as metal, wood, and stainless steel. After designing fashion items, villas, and lofts, he finally attained the opportunity that he craved: to create a masterpiece. After around three months of trials, 170kg of metal, 12000 screws, a 150x150cm stainless steel frame, 12000 holes, a blow torch, an order of elbow grease, and a pinch of creativity, Fano produced ‘The Death’s-Head,’ an aluminum tank that depicts breathtaking force. It was then that Fano was able to step back and take in the fruits of his labor: a modern, graphic and textured piece of art. Within a few weeks, word had spread like wildfire and Fano began creating pieces for friends and acquaintances. Famous works such as ‘Mickey in Michael Jackson,’ ‘The Teddy Bear,’ and ‘The Indian’ were conceived and born.
His unique approach to art is unheard of and his creative spirit embodies everything that he touches. Today, his artwork is exhibited in Eden Fine Art galleries across the globe, and his latest collections never fail to surprise; aesthetic glee that transcends the pleasures of the eyes, and the heart.