French artist Bernar Venet's work explores many media, materials and forms of expression. From the early sixties, Venet's use of industrial drawings and mathematical diagrams in painting has been a major contribution to Conceptual Art. Venet has lived in New York for many years, and practices as an artist around the world.
For Venet, being an artist means not only painting or sculpting, but also to speculate--in art, science, philosophy, mathematics, geometry, and music. He is an internationally recognized painter, sculptor, and composer of concrete music (technologically manipulated sound), and his main interest in art is to raise questions, to push his work further and further, and to search for new approaches.
Venet has been the recipient of many awards, prizes, and honors for his career as an artist of merit. Among these are 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 has been a featured artist at the Venice Biennale, and been written about by such art critics as Thomas McEvilley and Donald Kuspit.
Venet most recently won the 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award in New York.