"My grandparents were amateur painters. Although they didn’t pass on their brush skills, they influenced me with their artistic mindset. When I lead tours, I try to teach as if I’m talking to friends. We might start with some of the obvious questions a work poses: why is Da Vinci considered such an exceptional painter? How come all those Roman statues are in marble? Those questions naturally lead to other ideas.
Art opens our eyes, to help us better understand the complicated world we live in. It reveals the intimate thoughts of previous generations: how they felt about love and hate, war and peace. Examining how bygone artists represented their world is like creative time travel. It can also challenge our preconceptions."
Ed was born and raised in Paris. After graduating with his Masters in business at ESSEC, he worked managing projects in humanitarian organizations. His career has taken him to underdeveloped areas of Bolivia and Southern Africa, and impoverished neighborhoods in France. After ten years, he returned to Paris to share his passion for art and history by becoming a guide. Ed studied both history and art history at the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts in Paris, graduating with a national tour guide degree. He also dabbles in acting and stand-up comedy, where he's a natural on stage.