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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.

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Pliny's sorrow - Library version by Johan Creten contemporary artwork sculpture
Johan Creten Pliny's sorrow - Library version, 2015 Patinated bronze, lost-wax casting
36 x 30 cm
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Vase 6A - The night of the Locus & Vase 6B - The Night of the Locus by Johan Creten contemporary artwork sculpture
Johan Creten Vase 6A - The night of the Locus & Vase 6B - The Night of the Locus, 2022 - 2023 Pair of sculptures in glazed stoneware
27 x 46 cm
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Portrait of the artist as a young man by Johan Creten contemporary artwork sculpture
Johan Creten Portrait of the artist as a young man, 2023 Patinated bronze, lost wax casting, pedestal in red glazed stoneware
7 x 55 cm
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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
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Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium
Almine Rech London, New York, Shanghai, Paris, Brussels +4
Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris Marais, France
Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai +1
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