Etienne Chambaud was born 1980 in Mulhouse, France. He studied at Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL), Villa Arson, Nice, and Ecole nationale des Beaux-Arts (ENBA), Lyon. Since 2018 he has been conducting a doctoral research in the SACRe program of PSL University, Ecole Normale Supérieure and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. The artist lives and works in Paris.


Etienne Chambaud works across a wide spectrum of media, exploring the categories we impose on experiences, objects and disciplines. Individual works, installations and exhibitions destabilize notions of what art is and can be, how an artist conceptualizes and produces a work, and the form, function, and history of the exhibition. Beautiful and complex, Chambaud’s works can change the way we see and know.


The artist participated in several residency programs: EMPAC, Troy, NY (2017), Fieldwork: Marfa, Marfa, TX (2014), International Studio & Curatorial Program, ISCP, Brooklyn, NY (2011) and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2003-2005).


Institutional solo exhibitions include: Negative Knots, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse (2018); Undercuts, Forde, Geneva (2012); Contre-Histoire de la Séparation, CIAP, Vassivière (2010); The Sirens’ Stage, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2010); Le Stade des Sirènes, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2010); Lo stato delle sirene, Nomas Foundation, Rome (2010), and Color Suite, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2009).


Chambaud’s work is held in the following collections: Musée national d’art moderne – Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Fond National d’Art Contemporain (FNAC), Paris; Fond Municipal d’Art Contemporain (FMAC), Paris; FRAC Île-de-France, Paris; FRAC Languedoc Roussillon, Toulouse; FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand; FRAC Piemonte,Turin; MACBA, Barcelona; Ishikawa Foundation, Okayama; Fondation Lafayette, Paris; Fondation LVMH, Paris; Kadist Art Fundation, Paris/San Francisco; Nomas Foundation, Rome; David Robert Art Foundation (DRAF), London.