Stéphane Dafflon

Xippas GenevaXippas Punta del Este

Born in 1972, in Neyruz, Switzerland, Stéphane Dafflon lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland.

Stéphane Dafflon’s paintings are simple at first glance, strangely smooth, however perfectly mastered. Made of geometric and abstract shapes with sharp contours and primary colors, his artworks question first by their effective sobriety. Then, when getting closer, shapes blur, some angles become round and some points progressively unravel. Stéphane Dafflon distorts the line, shifts the alignment, granting a vibratory power to his canvases, which resonates within the space where it is situated. First created with a computer, Stéphane Dafflon’s artworks, when transcribed onto a canvas or a wall, reveal themselves in their environment. Therefore, Stéphane Dafflon’s work needs to be felt, heard; it is a real-life experience. The many physical sensations that the artist wishes to provoke on the spectator in the way, for instance, of music and its vibrations by which he is inspired. As a mather of fact, the Swiss artist intermixes a lot of different influences. From the concrete art and the minimalism in the shapes and the colors, including graphic design in the computer-aided process of creation, its paintings could be considered as well as “design painted” as of monochrome.

After graduating from the Cantonal School of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) in 1999, he started teaching at this same school from 2001. Among his personal exhibitions: U+25A6 at Plateau FRAC île de France in Paris (2018), Blue in green, at Le Le Printemps De Septembre Festival in Toulouse (2018), TURNOVER at Galerie Xippas Geneva (2016), at Fri-Art, Fribourg Art Center (2011), Turnaround at Mamco in Geneva (2009), Statik Dancin’ at Frac Aquitaine in France (2007), Aller-Retour at Swiss Cultural Center in Paris (2006). He participated in group exhibitions Building a Collection at the MBA in Rennes (2018) and Collectors at the Kunstmuseum Lucerne (2016). 

His works are present in numerous public and private collections: Artothèque de Villeurbanne, National Fund of Contemporary Art – FNAC in Puteaux, FRAC Poitou-Charentes in Angoulême, FRAC Aquitaine in Bordeaux, Frac Ile-de-France in Paris, Fonds d Contemporary Art of the City of Geneva (FMAC), Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts of Lausanne and the Kunsthaus Aarau Collection in Switzerland Daimler art collection in Berlin and Daimler art collection in Stuttgart in Germany.


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