b. 1941 born Château-Arnoux, France, lives and works in Le Muy, France
Bernar Venet studied in 1958 at the municipal art school in Nice. From then until 1963 he worked as a stage designer at the Nice Opera, at the same time immersing himself in painting, drawing and photography. In 1971 he broke off his artistic activities to devote himself to theory, teaching art and art theory at the Sorbonne in Paris from 1971–76. Through the preoccupation with physics and mathematical phenomena, he found in 1976 in the line the subject that he would focus on in his work. Eventually Venet returned to his own creative work and produced paintings, wooden reliefs and steel sculptures. The steel sculptures reach heights from 30 cm to 20 m pervading as dynamic movement interior and exterior spaces. It is Venet’s insatiable curiosity and desire to push both his own limits and the frontiers of art that have led to him making a significant impact on the development of contemporary art. Venet is the most internationally exhibited French artist and, to date, the number of Venet’s public sculpture exhibitions amounts to no less than 30.
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