Born in 1941 in the south of France, Venet‘s attraction to art became evident at an early age. He discovered the work of historical artists through art books that his mother bought him. At 17, Venet moved to Nice to work as a theatre set designer at the Opéra de Nice before dedicating his entire activity to making art. He started his art career as a painter in the early 1960s alongside other French artists of the Nouveau Réalisme movement. In 1966, Venet established himself in New York where over the course of the next four decades he explored painting, poetry, film, and performance, and was attracted, in particular, to pure science as a subject for art. 1979 marked a turning point in Venet’s career, when he began a series of wood reliefs, Arcs, Angles, Straight Lines, and created the first of his Indeterminate Lines. In 1994, Jacques Chirac, then the Mayor of Paris, invited Venet to present twelve sculptures from his Indeterminate Line series on the Champs de Mars, which afterwards developed into a world tour in Asia, Europe, South and North America. To celebrate the establishment’s bicentennial in 2007, Bernar Venet was chosen by the French Ministry of Culture to paint the ceiling of the Galerie Philippe Séguin located in the Cour des Comptes in Paris, France. In May of 2010, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France inaugurated a 30-meter tall sculpture to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Nice's reunification with France. In 2011, Bernar Venet unveiled 7 monumental sculptures at the world-renowned Château de Versailles, as well as at the Château de Marly in France in a solo exhibition. To date, the number of Venet’s sculpture exhibitions amounts to no less than 30. His work can be found in more than 60 museums worldwide, including such notable institutions as The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, California). Bernar Venet has also received commissions for sculptures permanently installed in Austin, Bergen, Berlin, Denver, Paris, Neu-Ulm, Nice, Norfolk, Shenzhen, Tokyo, and Toulouse. Numerous monographs and surveys of his work have been published in multiple languages including French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean by such noted art historians as Barbara Rose, Donald Kuspit, Carter Ratcliff, Thomas McEvilley, Thierry Lenain, and Achille Bonito Oliva, among others. Venet has been the recipient of several distinguishing honors such as France’s Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, and is also a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Most recently, he received the 2013 International Julio González Prize.