Xavier Dupré

Xavier Dupré was born in Aubenas, France in 1977. He studied decorative arts in Valence, graphic design in Paris and calligraphy and typography at the Scriptorium in Toulouse, under the direction of Bernard Arin and Rodolphe Giuglardo. Between 1999 and 2001, he worked as a letterer and typographer in a packaging design agency in Paris. He also worked on experimental humanist scripts with Lasdislas Mandel, the celebrated creator of French typefaces, known for his work on telephone directories. He has lived in Cambodia since 2001, in order to live a different life and reconnect with family roots. After alternating between Southeast Asia and Europe for several years, he discovered India and the Indian Ocean, where he now lives for most of the year, preferring to work in total freedom and without constraint.

"Garamond is really a script of knowledge, of François I and Chambord, of Leonardo da Vinci, Ronsard and of 16th century humanism."

He has created latin typefaces for foundries such as FontFont, the Font Bureau and Émigré, and also Khmer typefaces for NGOs in Cambodia. His work has been the subject of numerous awards around the world, starting with the prestigious Certificate of Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club, in 2004, 2005 and 2006. His name appeared on the 2006 list of New Visual Artists by the magazine Print. His type creations have made the "Favorite Typefaces" list of the review Typographica in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. His other pursuits include cooking, pastry-making, observing nature and collecting old posters.