HUGO BEYTRISON – 1974 – Evolène/Valais (CH)
Grown up with Evolène’s carnival traditions, Hugo carved his first mask at the age of 15, led by his cabinetmaker teacher.
In 2003 he begun working on his own. Since then his work has evolved remarkably. Now, in fact, Hugo dedicates himself mainly to the sculpture of masks, bas-reliefs and sculptures made with the chainsaw (self-taught technique).
His passion for the carnival is still intact and he carves between 15 and 20 masks per year during the winter months. He depicts the four characters represented in the Evolène Carnival: Pelushes, Empailles, Maries and Jolies. His models are inspired by both the oldest masks and contemporary subjects.
Hugo uses stone pine for his masks.