Stevens Dossou-Yovo

Born in 1969 - France


Stevens was born in Paris, where he later graduated from the Penninghen design school. He dedicated himself metal sculpture and was soon producing anthropomorphic sculptures and automata. In recent years, Stevens has moved away from figurative sculpture; he now focuses on the representation of space through powerful mural compositions. Steel remains his favourite medium: a fairly basic material, it lends itself to all sorts of experimentation.

Stevens says he derives inspiration from the sky. It is no coincidence that his studio should be suspended in mid-air, commanding an impressive view over the Paris skyline It is a confined space with a large bay window open to the horizon, recalling a camera obscura in which the artist condenses and refracts the outside world.

Stevens’ geometrical compositions give form to an inner vision. They are poised between the weightlessness of a mental picture and the gravity of the metal. The resulting tension even hints at a metaphysical dimension. Indeed, Stevens says that the play on optical illusion in his work reflects his questioning of the origins and confines of reality. His work is the result of his quest for some kind of order.

In the artist’s studio, archaeology meets spatial exploration: “I probe, I excavate”, he says. “Working is a way for me to get closer to what I’m looking for”. Thus each sculpture leads naturally to another, and so the vision renews itself, becoming more acute in the process. With his Broken Clouds series, Stevens believes he is getting closer to his ultimate goal. The work on volume and perspective he has pursued over the years here shows an unprecedented degree of mastery.

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2008 Octobre (Dispatch, Sculptures 3D), the Smithfield Gallery, Londres, Grande-Bretagne
2007 Juin (Perspectives, Sculptures 3D), the Smithfield Gallery, Londres, Grande-Bretagne


2014 Galerie Detais : Art Elysées
2013 Galerie Detais Paris France
2013 Toog Ibiza Espagne
2013 Cercle des Nouveaux Artisans Place St Germain des Prés Paris France
2013 Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie Paris, Exposition CHAUVET France
2012 Cercle des Nouveaux Artisans Place Vendôme Paris France
2011 Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie Paris, Océan Climat France
2010 Salon d’Art Contemporain CUTLOG Paris, France
2010 Simple Gallery, Gstaad, Switzerland
2010 Galerie Xavier Nicolas, Paris, France
2009 Simple Gallery,Gstaad, Switzerland
2008 Octobre, Simple Gallery, Gstaad, Switzerland
2008 Avril (l’Art béninois), Maison des Arts, Evreux, France
2008 Septembre (Cocoa Arts), the Coningsby Gallery, London, England
2006 Février, Simple Gallery, Gstaad, Switzerland
2005 Janvier (London Art Fair), Business Design Centre, London, England

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