François Curlet was born in 1967 in Paris, France. He now lives in Brussels, Belgium.
François Curlet describes his work as an acceleration or immobilization of signs. Beyond any determined medium, these indeed form the very material of his works: the mass of signs — deeply rooted into a specific culture or globally shared in our connected world — to which we are daily subjected. For more than thirty years, the artist has been constantly distorting and remixing them, be it a traditional djellaba seemingly designed by Nike, an Ebay logo converted into an abstract painting, a peanut-selling stand for an out-of-work Charlie Brown, or a wooden surfboard for Canadian lumberjacks. In the vein of dadaist and situationist practices, Curlet disrupt the connections between certain objects and materials and their cultural references and established meanings, providing us with a Lewis Carroll-esque world governed only by the law of humour, poetry and free association.
François Curlet has shown widely in Europe (Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, MACs). His work is held by numerous public collections, including Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, MACBA (Barcelona), and the Van Abbe Museum in the Netherlands.
His work is represented by Air de Paris (Paris) and Galerie Micheline Szwajcer (Antwerp).