One of the most celebrated conceptual artists working today, Bernar Venet’s extensive oeuvre is a culmination of intellectual rigor, artistic dexterity, and creative exploration. His signature arcs, straight lines, angles and indeterminate lines spring forth from intensive studies of mathematics and hard science, and can be traced through his work’s evolution from illustrations, to wooden frames, and, ultimately, his famous steel sculptures. Throughout his career, Venet has employed a variety of genres including painting, photography, sound and performance to explore materials and form, and existential questions of perception, time, and spatiality.
Bernar Venet was born in the Alpes de Haute-Provence, France, in 1941. Venet’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Asia in solo museum shows, as well as in major art events such as the Kassel Documenta in 1977, and the Biennales of Paris, Venice and Sao Paulo. Numerous monumental sculptures are permanently installed around the world, in cities such as Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Strasbourg, Beijing, Nice, Austin, San Francisco, Bergen, Geneva and Cologne. Venet has been the recipient of many awards including a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Grand Prix des Arts de la Ville de Paris, and Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, France's highest decoration. Venet is living and working between New York and Le Muy, in the South of France.