Johan Creten's Biography
Johan Creten is a contemporary Belgian sculptor and installation artist born in 1963 in Waremme, Belgium. He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp from 1985-1987 and then at the same school from 1988-1991. His work has been exhibited extensively in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Creten's work is inspired by his personal life experiences, the natural world, and mythology. He creates sculptures and installations that explore the idea of transformation and the tension between opposites. His sculptures often incorporate a variety of materials, such as ceramic, bronze, stone, wood, and metal. He also uses a range of techniques, including casting, welding, and assemblage. Creten has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Prix de Rome in 1997 and the André Bloc Prize in 2002. He was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Leopold by the King of Belgium in 2007. He continues to create works in his studio in Antwerp.