Born in 1967 in Lyon, France, Lionel Estève lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
The work of Lionel Estève manifests informality and fragility and give the impression of an endless reality. The playful interaction of his work with space, colors and sensory perception is the result of a meticulous research using a wide range of materials. His creations are situated between randomness, repetition and rigidity.
Since 1997, the artist has participated in numerous exhibitions such as Laboratorium at Antwerpen open, Antwerp (1999); Generation Z at the Museum of Contemporary Art P.S.1, New York (1999); Migrateur at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2003); Amicalement vôtre at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing (2004); Involution at the CAC de Brétigny (2005); An Eye on Europe at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (2006); Boys Craft at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Haifa, Israel (2007); Heavy Lines at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (MOMus), Thessaloniki, Greece (2013); Jardins (curated by Laurent Le Bon) at the Grand Palais, Paris (2017) and Points de Rencontres at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019-2020) Solo exhibitions have included Migrateurs (Hans-Ulrich Obrist) at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM), Paris, France, 2003; Fleurs de Rocailles at the Herzliya Museum of Art, Herzliya, Israel, 2006; Petite vitesse at bf15, Lyon, France, 2007; I can talk to my cat / Thinking what others are thinking at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium, 2008; There are no circles at La Verrière / Hermès, Brussels, Belgium, 2011; Vivre en pensée à Les Eglises at the Centre d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Chelles, Chelles, France, 2014; Un nuage sur mes épaules at the BlueProject Foundation, Barcelona, Spain, 2015; Poussières urbaines et sculptures plates at La Comète (Espace 251 Nord), Liège, Belgium, 2016 as well as at the Manufacture de Sèvres, Sèvres, France, 2017.
He has been collaborating for over twenty years with Galerie Baronian (Brussels) and since 2004 with Galerie Perrotin (Paris, Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, Dubai) and his work is also represented by Gana Art Gallery in Seoul and Galerie Xippas in Geneva and Punta Del Este.