Born in 1978 in Anderlecht, Belgium, Xavier Theunis studied at Villa Arson in Nice.
He exhibited in municipal galleries and joined the Catherine Issert Gallery in Saint-Paul de Vence in 2005. He is present at MAMAC for “Contemporary Art and the Côte d’Azur” in 2011, then enters into the collections of the museum in 2013 as part of Henrik Berggreen’s legacy.
Simultaneously with this event, the museum gives carte blanche to the artist for a perspective of his work in the contemporary gallery. His work with a sleek and detached aesthetic has many references to modern movement and minimal art. Through the recycling of adhesive drops, cutting and gluing, Xavier Theunis plays with geometric rigor and distanced humor the relationship between art, architecture and design.
Drawings, photographs and paintings refer to decorations imprisoned in two-dimensional space (interiors, vases, blinds) when the sculptures describe unusual objects, often with a truncated perspective (drawing table). The modules proposed by Theunis are at the limit of scenography, installation and architecture. Each exhibition is a way of questioning the conditions of the presentation of art. Voluntarily traditional and ordinary themes.
Xavier is passionate about furniture design, and we visit with him regularly. We are following his work closely, and have acquired one of his works in 2016.
link : galerie Catherine Issert