Born in Vitré (Brittany, France) in 1981, Etienne Fouchet studied, from 2002 to 2008 at the École des beaux-arts de Quimper, at the Université du Québec de Montréal and at the Beaux-arts de Paris (Dnsap), in Richard Deacon’s workshop.
From 2008 to 2010, he developed a sculpture work at the Institut De Ateliers (Amsterdam), in a critical dialogue with artists such as Marlène Dumas, Avery Pressman, Marien Schouten, Fiona Tan, Didier Vermeiren. He was a resident at Casa de Velàzquez, in Madrid, from 2010 to 2012.
His first sculptures reveal his interest in “grafting” and “hybridization” between structures, allusive objects and volumes created from heterogeneous techniques and materials (L’Étal en désarroi, 2007). Then, guided by the mutations of the fluid materials he uses, he creates a vocabulary of shapes and textures inspired by aqueous, natural and artificial spaces (Stumbling blocks, 2009). His recent works are established in an intuitive dialogue with the very history of sculpture (Reclining sculpture, 2010), and reveal the contradictions between the void and the full, the organic and the geometric, the submerged and the emerged, asserting itself in fundamental relationships of scale, balance, density. Her work has been exhibited at the Louvre museum (Paris – 2019), at the Ruth Leuchter gallery (Dusseldörf – 2013), at the Greta Meert gallery (Brussels – 2011), at BIS71 (Geleen – 2010), at Maison Descartes ( Amsterdam – 2010)… He is the winner of the Sculpture Awards: “Georges Coulon” from the Institut de France, “Félix Fénéon” from the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris, the Takifuji Foundations (Japan) and François Schneider (France).