Born in 1986 in Brest, France
Lives and works in Paris, France

Jean-Marie APPRIOU

It is with remarkable technical skill that Jean-Marie Appriou takes control of sculptural materials—aluminum, bronze, glass, clay, wax—to envisage fantastical worlds inhabited by human, animal and vegetal figures. Through their skillfully constructed scale, his often imposing works nevertheless maintain an intimate relationship with the viewer, as if to better communicate their disturbing strangeness. 

Deeply dreamlike, Appriou’s material universe is imbued with telluric concerns approached from an original perspective: that of the legendary. Horses, snakes, locusts, sharks and seahorses compose a bestiary charged with powerful symbolism. They evolve in a dream realm, a marvelous natural world that becomes a theater of striking characters. Sowers, gatherers, beekeepers and Japanese Ama divers—all represent figures of passage and transformation. The transition between elements—from the aquatic to the aerial, from the underground to the terrestrial—is one of the central themes of the artist's work. 

From archaic ages to futuristic civilizations, between dinosaurs and child astronauts, Appriou produces visions on the edge of psychedelia, mixing pop culture and mythologies from Greek and Egyptian antiquity to science fiction. His sculpture combines the allegorical and the sensual, leaving his fingerprints visible on the material. He weaves a paradoxical narrative that unites the past and the future, the ideal and the perceptible, in a series of hallucinatory ecstasies.  

Appriou’s work has been exhibited at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Fondation Lafayette Anticipations, Paris; the Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles; the Abattoirs museum, Toulouse; the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; the Consortium Museum, Dijon; and the Biennale de Lyon. He was invited by the Public Art Fund to present a group of sculptures at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast entrance to Central Park in New York, at the Château de Versailles and at the Vienna Biennale. His works have been the subject of solo gallery exhibitions at Jan Kaps, Cologne; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich and New York; Kaikai Kiki, Tokyo; and C L E A R I N G, New York and Brussels.

education

2010
École régionale des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France

solo shows

2022
- Villa Medicis, Rome, Italy (upcoming)
- Perrotin Shanghai, China (upcoming)

2021
- Les Soleils de Lucy, Jan Kaps, Cologne, Germany
- Event Horizon, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
- Surface Horizon, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, France
- Fire On The Sea, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich, Switzerland

2020
- Very rich hours, Clearing New York, Brooklyn, USA

2019
- Seabed, Le Consortium, Dijon, France
- The Horses, (organized by Public Art Fund), Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York, USA

2018
- November, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
- Griffe, langue, rose et écailles, Clearing, Brussels, Belgium
- Open Space # 1, (Curated by Ludovic Delalande & Claire Staebler), Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

2017
- Abalon, Clearing, New York, USA
- Harvest, Jan Kaps, Cologne, Germany

2016
- Raspberry Rising, Clearing, Brussels, Belgium

2015
- Salt Crystals, Jan Kaps, Cologne, Germany

2014
- Sonde D’arc-en-taupe, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
- Juillet, Sculpture D’extérieur, Vent of Forêts, Fresnes-au-Mont, France

2013
- Moyen Âge, Ecole Municipale of the Beaux Arts, Gallery Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers, France
- Keymousse Éditions, Vitrine, Brussels, Belgium

2012
- Ginger Succubes, Vitrine, Air De Paris, Paris, France
- Kinkyramyk, Piacé-le-radieux, Bézar-le Corbusier, Piacé, France

group shows

2021
- La Bohème, Alfonso Artiaco, Naples, Italy
- ArtZuid, Amsterdam Sculpture Biennale, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Often Vary Never Change, Clearing, New York, USA
- Souffler de son Souffle, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France
- Bijoux, Fitzpatrick Gallery, Paris, France
- La Dame à la licorne, médiévale et si contemporaine, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France
- The Dreamers, 58th October Salon, Belgrade Biennial, Belgrade, Serbia
- Portraiture One Century Apart, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
- I've Seen Things You People Would'nt Believe, FRAC Corsica, Corse, France
- Jean-Marie Appriou, Sam Falls, Shara Hughes, Galerie Eva Presenhuber & Galerie 75, Paris, France
- Grand Ménage, Clearing, Paris, France
- Superamas, Clearing, Brussels, Belgium
- The Imaginary Sea, Fondation Carmignac, Ile de Porquerolles, Hyères, France

2020
- Anima Mundi, Abbaye Saint-Victor, Marseille, France
- Possédé·e·s - Deviance, Performance, Resistance. MO.CO. Panacée, Montpellier, France
- Dream Baby Dream, Haus Mödrath - Räume für Kunst, Kerpen, Germany

2019
- Là où les eaux se mêlent, La biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France
- Les Chemins du Sud, Musée régional d'art contemporain Occitanie, Sérignan, France
- Bêtes de Scène, Fondation Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
- Parfum d’épines, Phillips X Vo Curations, Paris, France
- Cicatrices, VO Curations, London, UK
- L'âge de raison, Clearing, Brussels, Belgium

2018
- Childhood: Another Banana Day for the Dream Fish, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
- Deux sens du décoratif, Centre d'art contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France
- Smooth Transitions, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
- Here Here – Das Ich Und Alles Anderen, Braunsfelder, Cologne, Germany
- Group Show, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland 

2017
- How It’s Made, Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, Sweden
- Voyage D’hiver, Château De Versailles Spectacles and Palais De Tokyo, Versailles, France
- Artificial Tears. Singularity & Humanness – a Speculation, Vienna Biennale, Mak, Vienna, Austria
- The Leftovers, Simon Lee Gallery, New York, USA
- Medusa, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
- De Nature En Sculpture, Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France

2016
- Lanzarote, Union Pacific, London, UK
- Streams of Warm Impermanence, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
- Pastoral Myths, La Loge, Brussels, Belgium
- History Made By Artists, CLEARING, New York, USA

2015
- The Great Depression, Balice Hertling, Paris, France
- L’usage des formes, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
- Mon Horizonatalité, Untilthen Gallery, Paris France
- Deep Screen, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France

2014
- La Solitude, Astrup Firnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
- Elusive Earths, Établissement d’En Face Projects, Brussels, Belgium
- Let’s Play, Galeries du Cloitre, École des Beaux-Arts, Biennale d’Art Contemporaine de Rennes, Rennes, France
- Formes Simples, Cristallerie de Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, France
- L’Écho / Ce qui Sépare, Hab Galerie à Nantes et Frac des Pays-de-la-Loire, Carquefou, France

2013
- I’ve Lost My Marbles, Athens, Greece
- No Fear, No Shame, No Confusion,Triangle France, Marseille, France
- Galerie le Minotaure, Paris, France
- Prix Sciences Po Pour L’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

2012
- Pavillon de Chasse, Galerie Semiose, Paris, France
- Etrange Été, Galerie White Project, Paris, France
- 57éme Salon de Montrouge, Le Beffroi, Montrouge, France
- BYOB, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
- Sur un pied, Galerie Sémiose, Paris, France

2011
- Nul Ptyx, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

public collections

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FR
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, FR
CNAP, Paris, FR
FRAC Ile de France, FR
FRAC Corse, FR
Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, BE

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