Lionel Esteve


Born in 1967 in Lyon, France, Lionel Estève lives and works in Brussels. At the boundary between sculpture and drawing, his works explore many techniques, multiple forms and renews in different projects conditioned by the context. Developed as extremely simple assemblages and installations, disconnected from one another, their only common aspects is the “Low-Tech” quality of techniques and materials used in their creation. Lionel Estève’s forsaking of traditional object making, in favor of found or recycled materials to create, allows him to draws poetic and imaginary landscapes, surrounding the spectator by emphasizing the interaction between the artistic creation and the space it occupies and enabling him to feel how the light and air vibrate within the work. Sometimes his fragile installations move and rotate on strings in the manner of Alexander Calder’s mobiles; in others he creates minimalist sculptures that prompt a close investigation of materiality. By being both non-formal and fragile, Lionel Estève’s works are extremely powerful, insofar as they direct the eye more than they are to be looked at for themselves. Models of atoms or botanical typologies, they all stimulates the perception of an infinite reality, by unveiling an almost tangible space.
His works have been shown internationally at the P.S.1 in New York, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Musée des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Israel, or even at the Verrière Hermes in Brussels.