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Biography

ELIAS CRESPIN
[1965, Venezuela]

Elias Crespin grew up in Caracas, where he was originally trained as a computer engineer. His parents are both mathematicians and his grandparents were artists; his work perfectly integrates these two personal universes of his: science and art. It was only later in his career, in 2002, after having worked for twenty years in software programming, that he started developing his first piece, finished after two years of research. He has lived and worked in Paris since 2008. 

Crespin is interested in the movement of matter and the perception of movement. His installations consist of arrangements of metal or other elements formed into geometric shapes which are suspended in midair by nearly invisible nylon threads. He uses intuition to choose among different forms, materials, and textures. Then, through thoughtfully designed computer programming, Crespin adds a succession of gentle movements and morphs - his brushstrokes - making the elements continually shift and mutate in a cyclic geometric choreography, a dance that brings us to the contemplation of form in space and time.  

His pieces have been exhibited in many international art institutions and venues such as the 2016 Bienal de Cuenca in Ecuador; the2014 Busan Biennale in South Korea; Centrum Rzeźby Polskiej in Oronsko, Poland; the Espace culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris, France; Expo 2017 Astana in Kazakhstan; the Fondation Boghossian in Brussels, Belgium; the Grand Palais in Paris, France; the Maison de l’Amérique Latine in Paris, France; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) in Texas, USA.

Crespin's works are represented in several institutions and museums, the most recent, in 2020, being that of the collections of the Maison de l’Amérique Latine and the Musée du Louvre, both in Paris, France. His works are also in the collections of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, Florida, USA; Das kleine Museum – Kultur auf der Peunt, Weissenstadt, Germany; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Argentina; El Museo del Barrio, New York City, New York, USA; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Texas, USA.

Selected Exhibitions

2022    
Cinétique !, Fondation Datris - Espace Monte-Cristo, Paris, France
Art et Programmation, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Échos - Révolution Xenakis, Musée de la Musique, Philharmonie de Paris, France 
Lumière Espace Temps, La Grenier à Sel, Avignon, France

2021     
Elias Crespin: And Yet It Moves!, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, Houston, TX, USA
Structure du silence, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 
Dynamique du Bleu, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France 
Retour à la ligne, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Sculpture en Fête!, Fondation Villa Datris, L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France 

2020    
Elias Crespin, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Immaterial / Re-material: A brief history of computing art, UCCA, Beijing, China
Exploring, Wuling Art Space, Beijing, China
Hard Edge, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Espace et tension, une sélection d'artistes contemporains, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France

2019    
Syn Kronos, Galería RGR+ART, Mexico City, Mexico
Shadows, Galerie Italienne, Paris, France
Negative Space, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Post Shadows, Galerie Italienne, Paris, France
Immatérialité, Topographie de l’Art, Paris, France
Ondes, Galerie par Graf Notaires, Paris, France
Kinetic masters and their legacy, Cecilia de Torres Ltd., New York, NY, USA

2018    
Carré Latin Festival 2018, Palais Royal, Paris, France
Formes, espace-temps, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Elias Crespin X Zhao Zhao, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery (HdM), London, UK
Forces et mouvement, Galerie François Léage, Paris, France
Artists & Robots, Grand Palais, Paris, France
De Nature en Sculpture, Fondation Datris - Espace Monte-Cristo, Paris France
Les amis de Nicolas Schöffer, La Ville A des Arts, Paris, France

2017    
Artists & Robots, Astana Contemporary Art Center, Astana, Kazakhstan
Slow Motion, Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, France
The Urge to create Visions...1929-2017, Center of Polish Sculpture, Orońsko, Poland
De Nature en Sculpture, Fondation Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
Geometría en Movimiento, Galería RGR+ART, Mexico City, Mexico
Expanding the Line, Cecilia de Torres Ltd., New York, NY, USA  

2016          
Impermanencia, XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador
The global south: visions and revisions from the Brillembourg Capriles collection, Mana Wynwood, Miami, FL, USA
Affinités abstraites, Galerie Wagner, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France
Transparence, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Dialogue. Ding Yi - Elias Crespin, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery (HdM), Beijing, China
Lumière et mouvement, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Hommage au carré, Galerie Wagner, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France
Visión constructiva, Espacio Monitor, Caracas, Venezuela
Everybody is crazy, but me, Maison particulière, Brussels, Belgium
Cercle et carré, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France

2015    
Vers une architecture de lumière, Chartreuse de Villeneuve lès Avignon, France
Selección = Relación, Espacio Monitor, Caracas, Venezuela
Geometrische Choreographien, Das Kleine Museum, Weissenstadt, Germany
Cinétique numérique aujourd’hui, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Mapping Festival, Geneva, Suisse
L’art et le numérique en résonance 2/3: Ré-émergence, Maison populaire, Montreuil, France
Éditions et multiples, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Geometric choreographies, Das Kleine Museum, Weissenstadt, Germany
Noir et blanc, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France

2014    
Inhabiting the world: Busan Biennale, Busan Museum of Art, South Korea
Elias Crespin, Mobiles, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
From thread and air, Designer's’ Days 2014 in collaboration with Tai Ping, Hôtel de Livry, Paris, France
Temps suspendu, Galerie de la Marine, Nice, France
Homage to Denise René. Past, present and future of a vision, Espace-Expression, Miami, FL, USA
Drawing in Space, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz, Switzerland
L’horizon nécessaire, Musée Passager, Île-de-France
Structures de l’invisible, Galerija Klovicevi dvori, Zagreb, Croatia / Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence, France 

2013    
Em movimento, Galeria Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brazil
Cinetik!, Fondation Stämpfli, Sitges, Spain
Turbulences II, Villa Empain - Fondation Boghossian, Brussels, Belgium
Intersecting Modernities: Latin American Art from the Brillembourg Capriles Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), TX, USA
Mouvements et Lumières, Center for Contemporary art Frank Popper, Marcigny, France
Dynamo, A century of light and movement in art, 1913 - 2013, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Art cinétique, art numérique, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Inner Journeys, La Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium
Hommage à Denise René, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France
Des gestes de la pensée, La Verrière, Fondation Hermès, Brussels, Belgium

2012    
Diálogos Contemporáneos desde la Colección, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas, Venezuela
Hommage à Denise René, Galerie Denise René – Espace Marais, Paris, France
Et Op! Elias Crespin, Musée en Herbe, Paris, France
Elias Crespin. Parallels, Cecilia de Torres Ltd., New York, NY, USA
Constructed Dialogues: Concrete, Geometric, and Kinetic Art from the Latin American Art Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), TX, USA
Turbulences, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France

2011    
Visionary Collection Vol. 14. Elias Crespin Electrokinetics, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland
Once Tipos del 11, Fundación Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela

2010    
Hiperficies, Ars Longa Gallery, Paris, France
Cosmopolitan Routes, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), TX, USA 

2009    
North Looks South, Building the Latin American Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), TX, USA
Writings, Cecilia de Torres Ltd., New York, NY, USA

2006    
Life Forms, Kinetica Museum, London, UK
Electrocinéticas, Canal Centro de Producción Cultural, Caracas, Venezuela

2005    
II Mega Exposición Homenaje à Jesús Soto, Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela; Museo del Estado Miranda, Los Teques, Venezuela
Ingravidez, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela; Museo Jacobo Borges, Caracas, Venezuela 

2004    
Ingravidez, Ateneo de Cabudare, Venezuela
63 Salón Michelena, Ateneo de Valencia, Venezuela
Mutaciones en el espacio, Museo del Estado Miranda, Los Teques, Venezuela

Selected Public Collections

Collection Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Miami, FL, USA

Das Kleine Museum, Weissenstadt, Germany

El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, USA

Fundación de Museos Nacionales, Ateneo de Valencia, Venezuela 

Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, France

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), TX, USA