Ferdinand Parpan is a sculptor of figures, animals, musicians, and religious subjects. Parpan is highly praised for his simplification forms of sculptures. When Parpan was young, he learned to sculpt from his father who was a wood carver and an ornamentalist. Parpan planned to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, instead he worked as an apprenticeship mastering engraving, dry-point etching and modelling at the age of 13 due to World War I. Parpan became a well-trained profession given the solid years of apprenticeship, his works are now in the collection of Musee d'Art Moderne in Paris and Musee de Vaz-Obervaz in Switzerland.
Inspired by Egyptian art and Modernist sculptors, such as François Pompon (1855-1933) and Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957), Parpan began working with new materials, such as marble, ivory, agate, in addition to feature simplified forms and streamlined curves. Post World War I, Parpan undertook several public commissions to replace works that had been destroyed, he became intrigued by the aesthetics of religious art and incorporated certain aspects of this beauty in his own work. By the 1950s, Parpan was widely exhibited in Paris salons, such as the Salon des Independants, Salon d’Autome, Salon de L’Art Libre, etc. Parpan soon received universal acclaim over his refinement of forms. Parpan went on to receive international exposure after his major solo exhibition held at the Grande Galerie in 1950. He was honoured with the Prix d’Honneur de la Sculpture in 1965, silver medal from the Ville de Paris in 1972, and Grand Prix d’European de la Sculpture in Rouen in 1991.