Bertrand Lavier was born in Châtillon-sur-Seine, France, in 1949. As a seminal figure in the movement toward appropriation art in the 1980s and 1990s, Lavier is perhaps best known for his readymades, created by covering everyday industrial objects such as refrigerators and tables with an impasto layer of paint, or placing ubiquitous objects on a pedestal. With a broad depth of media that encompasses his oeuvre, Lavier’s works have been widely exhibited throughout the world including a major retrospective of his work at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, in 2012. Other recent exhibitions include: Walt Disney Productions, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland, (2017); Bertrand Lavier, Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Monaco, Monaco, (2016); Une rétrospective, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein, (2016); L’affaire tournesols, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, France, (2014-2015). His work appears in the public collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA; and The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Japan, amongst many others. Lavier currently lives and works between Paris and Aignay-le-Duc, France.