Bernard Varvat managed a pottery workshop in Grenoble from 1962 to 1966. He sculpted wood between 1985 and 1988, before starting to sculpt stone in 1995. In his workshop in Bouc-Bel-Air in Provence are stored blocks of marble with different origins and of different colours: pink marble from Portugal, marble from Carrare in Toscany, beige marble from the Dauphiné region in France, blue granite from Brazil or serpentine from Africa.
Bernard Varvat's sculptures are abstract: "Abstraction places us outside our usual way of thinking. We cannot appeal to our ability to recognise, as there is nothing to recognise; the only thing we can do is to refer to our own experiences and to let ourselves re-discover primary feelings: our emotions."