Bertrand Lavier was born in France in 1947, and had no artistic aspirations when he was young. When he was twenty, he studied horticulture at the University of Versailles, where he began thinking about concepts such as grafting and hybridization, and became fascinated by the premise of conceptual art. In his work, Lavier combines painting and sculpture, subverting the genres and historical categories of art. He unites heterogeneous elements and reveals paradoxes and hidden meanings in things. While his works delight and surprise, and are easy and intuitive, they are never just cold ready-mades. The artist regards art as fetishism of the object. Looking at his work, we loose our references and certainties.
Bertrand Lavier’s work has been previously exhibited at Palazzo Grassi, in “The Illusion of Light” (2015).