b. 1965, Caracas, Venezuela – lives in Paris, France since 2008
The child of mathematicians, Crespin grew up in Caracas, Venezuela visiting the studio of his grandmother, the famous artist Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt) and her partner, the artist and designer Gerd Leufert. There, the young Crespin was encouraged to experiment with different materials. Crespin's mathematical inclinations led him to study Computer Science at Venezuela's Central University, where he delved into the mathematics of graphics and learned how to model formulas. After working for various software companies and then his own consulting firm he decided to use his skills toward the making of art.
Bridging the gap between technology and art, Crespin creates wire grid structures, in keeping with the tradition of Venezuelan constructivism of which he is a direct descendent. Controlled by moving threads triggered by a computer program designed by the artist, his artworks seem to dance in the air as they adopt new forms and patterns.
Crespin currently lives and works in Paris, and his art is included in such collections as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and El Museo del Barrio, New York, as well as numerous prestigious private collections. His work has been exhibited internationally and is currently on view at the Grand Palais [Dynamo: A Century of Light and Movement in Art, 1913-2013] and the Galerie Denise René, Paris; Fondation Boghossian, Fondation Hermès and La Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium; and the Fundació Stämpfli, Sitges, Spain.
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