Stéphane Ducret is a Swiss Visual Artist, born in 1970 in Lausanne, awarded in 2003 by the Leenaards Fondation, an Art Teacher and Coach based in Geneva. He holds a Master in Art and Art History from the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel de Genève (now renamed HEAD).
His work has been exhibited at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Forum d’Art Contemporain, Sierre; Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne; Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires; Centre PasquArt, Bienne; Musée cantonal des beaux-arts, Lausanne; The Artists Space, New York and his artworks are part of the collections BCV ART, CICG, AXA Assurances, Fonds cantonal d’art de Genève, Fonds des arts plastiques de Lausanne, Hôpital universitaire de Genève, Musée de Pully among others.
With more than 25 years of artist practice and experience of the art world, he has had art residencies in New York, Porto, Buenos Aires and Mexico City. From 2002 to 2006, he has been a member of the direction of ECAL (Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne), where he was a teacher and in charge of the proficiency program. He founded two art galleries, one in New York and the other in Geneva and he has been the director of l'elac (l'espace lausannois d'art contemporain).
From 2016, his renewed art practice contains two interconnecting disciplines:
« ART CLASSE par Stéphane Ducret » (www.artclasse.com) for adults, children and corporates, with a wide range of propositions such as: creativity workshops such as the REAL/FAKE workshops (a unique painting class in Switzerland, where the participants create their own « real/fake » artwork to bring home, based on the practices of renown contemporary artists); « team building » activities and corporate gatherings; international trips focused on contemporary art.
A painting praxis that one could frame as “appropriation art”, and that is focused on painting portraits of other contemporary artists’ work, in the interior of what could be an art collector's opulent home, giving special attention to the spaces in which they are placed and methods used to make them. This “recontextualization” work addresses or confronts prevailing systems of establishing art, taste and style. Ducret is as much interested in the original process of creating a work of art (which he indifferently transfers into oil paint) as the context lying beyond the artist's sphere of influence and in which the work is subsequently situated. His paintings are treated in an evocative, suggestive, allusive, ambiguous or metaphorical way.
This praxis can not be published on this website as it has not been exhibited yet.