Eric Joisel was born on November 15, 1956. He passed away from lung cancer on October 10, 2010 surrounded by his family and close friends. Eric began drawing and sculpting when he was seventeen years-old. He started creating origami in 1983 and four years later, had his first exhibit in the Espace Japon Paris. Eric became a professional origami artist in 1992.
“Eric Joisel was one of the preeminent origami artists in the world. Unlike many other origami artists, Eric has formal art training and had practiced art as a painter, a sculptor and and a potter before turning to origami.The influence of this experience on his origami work is clear: here is a depth and maturity to his work that few other origami artists can even approach. Eric does not rely on technical ingenuity in creating his sculptures. Instead, he works and reworks his designs until they are perfect.“- Joseph Wu
Eric, “The Magician of Origami”, not only was a master paperfolder but he also knew how to transcribe his work into superb diagrams, rendered with the same care and precision that he brought to everything he touched. Part of his legacy, one that will undoubtedly survive the ages, is the cartography that he practised of leaving detailed instructions on how to walk the same crease.