A French contemporary artist, Xavier Veilhan has a multi-faceted practice, encompassing photography, sculpture, film, painting and installation art, as well as hybrids of all of these. In addition, he also works with performance and filmmaking.
Born in 1963 in Lyon, Veilhan currently lives and works in Paris. After graduating from the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris, Xavier Veilhan continues his formation in Berlin at the Hochschule der Künste, in the atelier of artist Georg Baselitz. He returns to Paris to finish his studies in 1989 at the Institut des hautes Etudes en Arts plastiques.
Veilhan's work is defined by the artist's interest in both the vocabulary of modernity and classical statuary. Using a formal artistic language that combines the codes of both industry and art, he pays tribute to the inventions and inventors of modernity. He is best known for the series of sculptures titled Architectones, where he pays tribute to Malevich's Architectons, three-dimensional models that blend architecture with philosophy. These works, each unique and in dialogue with its settings, were installed in celebrated, modernist homes. At once ambivalent and stark, Veilhan's works address issues of perception as well as the physical and temporal relationships created within the context of the exhibition format.
Featured image: Xavier Veilhan - Rick Rubin, 2015. Oak, plywood, acrylic paint, varnish. 29 9/10 × 55 9/10 × 27 3/5 in. 76 × 142 × 70 cm. Photo courtesy Perrotin