b. 1963, Belgium

Johan Creten Biography

Born in Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Creten has been working on the move for 25 years, from Mexico to Rome, from Miami to Amsterdam. He currently lives in Paris, France. Creten started working with clay from the late 80s, when the medium was still a taboo in the art world. Earth was deemed dirty and damp, while the creator was also seen as a usurper of God, transgressing religious interdicts. Yet, at the same time clay represents 'Earth Mother', linking the sacred to the profane. Creten is one of the earliest exponents of using clay in the context of contemporary art and is considered a precursor alongside Thomas Schütte and Lucio Fontana. As a pioneer in the revival of modern ceramics, Creten continues to influence a generation of young artists today.

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Creten has been the subject of over fifty solo exhibitions throughout Europe and North America, though his most recent—The Storm, at Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp in 2014 and 
Gulden Snede, at Galerie Transit, Mechelen in 2014—were both in Belgium. He has also been in multiple group shows. In 2014 alone he presented works in Girl, (curated by Pharrell Williams) at Galerie Perrotin, Paris; Beating around the Bush Episode #2, at Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands
; and Cet obscur objet de désirs: Autour de l'Origine du monde, at Musée Gustave Courbet, Ornans, France. He exhibited at the Louvre in 2005 and the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in 2008.

Creten lives and works in Paris, France.

Johan Creten Featured Artworks

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Odore di Femmina - Une Mystique by Johan Creten contemporary artwork sculpture
Johan Creten Odore di Femmina - Une Mystique, 2022 Glazed stoneware, base in glazed stoneware
85 x 48 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
La Rencontre by Johan Creten contemporary artwork sculpture
Johan Creten La Rencontre, 2022 Gilded bronze, lost wax casting
35 x 23 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Odore di Femmina - La Borne Grande I by Johan Creten contemporary artwork sculpture
Johan Creten Odore di Femmina - La Borne Grande I, 2016 Glazed stoneware
38 x 32 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
The Egyptian Princesses n°1 by Johan Creten contemporary artwork sculpture
Johan Creten The Egyptian Princesses n°1, 2016–2019 Glazed stoneware
75 x 90 x 50 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Points d’observation n°94, 96 and 97 by Johan Creten contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Johan Creten Points d’observation n°94, 96 and 97, 2018 Glazed stoneware
40 x 40 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Why does Strange Fruit always looks so Sweet? by Johan Creten contemporary artwork sculpture
Johan Creten Why does Strange Fruit always looks so Sweet?, 1999 - 2010 Patinated and gilded cast bronze
100 x 35 x 28 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Odore di Femmina - Princesse - Kleine torsos (4) by Johan Creten contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Johan Creten Odore di Femmina - Princesse - Kleine torsos (4), 2013 Glazed stoneware
65 x 37 x 33 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery

Johan Creten Recent Exhibitions

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Johan Creten Represented By

Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium
Almine Rech Aspen, Brussels, London, New York, Paris +1
Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai +1

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