Raphaël Denis
Born in 1979 in Paris (FR)
Lives and works in Paris (FR) and Brussels (BE)

 

Since the beginning of the 2000s, Raphaël Denis has been working on the creation of a plastic language firmly rooted in the forms, materials and vocabulary of the art world, having attentively observed its system, codes, norms and secrets. Entertainment and consumption, two phenomena that more than ever dominate our reality, constitute two major issues that Denis addresses using irony and ridicule. In his Protean approach of art, he represents the young artist who is faced with a complex environment in which it’s hard to find one’s place. Unrelenting in his questioning of the status and role of the artist, Raphael Denis explores the different stages of a path: finding a gallery, courting collectors, entering the market and asserting his unique personality (his image). He points out stereotypes and commonplaces in order to reveal the mysteries of a system in which cult and vanity often take precedence over content and form. Raphael Denis has generated a disruptive oeuvre that stimulates reflection, centered on the vocabulary of contemporary art. Fully aware of the challenges posed by his milieu and the complexity thereof, he concentrates on what governs and sustains it. He playfully underlines the excesses and the standardization of forms and concepts. Through his way of working, which is shaped by its multitude of references and citations, he opens up a whole new realm where criticism and discussion become possible.

SHOWS

2016

Le temps de l’audace et de l’engagement, cur. by ADIAF, Institut D’art Contemporain, Villeurbanne (FR)

2015

Ça ira mieux demain, cur. by Branded, Galerie Alb, Paris (FR)

Lingots, Cabinet Chaptal, Paris (FR)

La loi normale des erreurs & développements, Galerie Sator, Paris (FR)

La loi normale des erreurs – Projet Picasso, cur. by Emile Bouvard, Musée Picasso, Paris (FR)

Là où commence le jour, cur. by Marc Donnadieu and Pauline Créteur, Lam, Villeneuve D’ascq (FR)

Dynamic Of Sources, Feizi Gallery, Brussels (BE)

Les spoliations d’œuvres d’art par les Nazis : La scène parisienne, Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Paris (FR)

Sans tambour ni trompette, cent ans de guerres // Chap. 2, cur. by Julie Crenn, Artothèque, Caen (FR)

Le Kabinet du livre, cur. by Marine Penhouët, Espace Le Kabinet, Bruxelles (BE)

The Office Of Gravitational Documents #Fax, cur. by Dieudonné Cartier, Galerie Laurent Mueller, Paris (FR)

2014

Voyages, cur. by Philippe Djian and Pascal Torres, Musée Du Louvre, Paris (FR)

Editions, Galerie Espace A Vendre, Nice (FR)

Mehr Licht !!!, Galerie Sator, Paris (FR)

Collection 1, cur. by Sandra Aubry and Sébastien Bourg, Galerie De Roussan, Paris (FR)

Proposition Lumière, Galerie Sator, Paris (FR)

Liste & Commentaire, Galerie Cédric Bacqueville, Lille (FR)

2013

Friends & Family, Galerie Eva Hober, Paris (FR)

Art Is Hope, cur. by Be My Guest, Palais De Tokyo, Paris (FR)

Œuvres d’Anderlecht, Galerie Sator, Paris (FR)

Inaugurations Partagées, cur. by Marine Varoquier, Galerie Bacqueville, Lille (FR)

From Gesture To Language, cur. by Pascal Torres, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (CN)

2012

Jeux D’artistes, cur. by Lucie Cabanes and Maurice Corbet, Musée-Château, Annecy (FR)

Family & Friends, Backslash Gallery, Paris (FR)

Cadavres Exquis, Seconde Edition, Galerie Vincenz Sala, Paris (FR)

Closed For Holidays, cur. by Dieudonné Cartier and Brice Raphalen, Artisan.Social.Designer, Paris (FR)

Drawzone, with Le Collectif Anonyme, Gaité Lyrique, Paris (FR)

Five Related Pieces, cur. by Dieudonné Cartier and Brice Raphalen, 200 × 75, Angers (FR)

La Condition Humaine, cur. by Dieudonné Cartier and Brice Raphalen, 200 X 75, Angers (FR)

2011

Surface / Volume / Virtuel, Galerie Sator, Paris (FR)

Le Royaume et l’exil, cur. by Christophe Le Gac, Backslash Gallery, Paris (FR)

Incipit, Galerie Sator, Paris (FR)

Docks En Seine, cur. by Jacob and Mac Farlane, Paris (FR)

Cadavre Exquis, Première Edition, Galerie Vhs, Stuttgart (DE)

2010

Lettres à Élise, Installation with Le Collectif Anonyme, Galerie Kmchtk, Paris (FR)

2009

Papier Machine, 3e Partie, Galerie Kmchtk, Paris (FR)

Black-Caravane, Centre Culturel Français de Madrid, Madrid (ES)

Art-Projects, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (FR)

Les Bâillons De La Bienséance, Galerie Set In Black Plassier, Paris (FR)

2008

Ces moments-là avec toi, I am crazy to think you are mine, cur. by Lucie Cabanes, Artothèque, Hennebont (FR)

Les bâillons de la bienséance, une prose sans poésie, cur. by Anaïs Coenca, Artothèque, Saint-Cloud (FR)

Les bâillons de la bienséance, portraits d’une basse-cour, Galerie Kmchtk, Paris (FR)

Ah, je ris de me voir si belle !, cur. by Aurélien Farina and Romain Chenais, Door Studio, Paris (FR)

2007

Google Art, Installation with Le Collectif Anonyme, Galerie Kmchtk, Paris (FR)

Kid’n’happening, Performances with Le Collectif Anonyme, Galerie Kmchtk, Paris (FR)

Paris-Pékin -Barcelone, Galerie Off-Ample, Barcelone (ES)

FAIRS

2016

Yia Art Fair, Brussels (BE)

Art-Paris Art Fair, Paris (FR)

Artefiera Bologna, Bologne (IT

2015

Yia Art-Fair, Paris (FR)

Art-Paris Art-Fair, Paris (FR)

La Confidentielle Du Yia Art-Fair, Paris (FR)

2014

Hors Les Murs du Yia, Paris (FR)

Yia Art-Fair, Paris (FR)

Yia Unlimited, Lille (FR)

2013

Yia Art-Fair, Paris (FR)

Slick Art-Fair, Paris (FR)

Drawing Now, Paris (FR)

Yia Unlimited, cur. by Romain Tichit, Lille (FR)

The Little Art-Fair, Paris (FR)

2010

Biennale D’arts Graphiques, cur. by Olessia Koudrievsteva, Perm (RU)

Biennale De Photographie De Moscou, cur. by Olessia Koudrievsteva, Moscou (RU)

Slick Art-Fair, Paris (FR)

Fontain Art-Fair, New York (USA)

2009

Slick Art-Fair, Paris (FR)