VINCENT FOURNIER Largely known for his photographic work, the Paris-based, Burkina Faso-born artist created a bouquet of fantastical, scientifically inspired sculptures whose exotic botanical forms intrigue and captivate. "Somewhere between Darwin and Cronenberg, these skeletons of ‘Synthetic Flesh Flowers’ show off scientific imaginary experiences, ultimate and precious vanities, witnesses of the human desire to transform the living." Born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in 1970, Vincent Fournier grew up in Brittany, France, and now lives and works in Paris. He received his undergraduate degree in sociology in 1993 and his master’s degree in visual arts in 1994, both from Montpellier University. Later, he completed a diploma program in photography at L’École Nationale de la Photographie in Arles. For his work, Fournier finds inspiration in his passion for the mysteries of science and technology, as well as in utopian worlds imagined by the human mind. His resulting images blend the ideas and aesthetics of Jules Verne, Jacques Tati, Charles Darwin and David Cronenberg, experimenting with the fictional and magnificent potential of certain forms of Utopia. Dedicated to advanced preparation, he makes pictures that are simultaneously poetic and meticulous, and he always leaves room for imaginative interpretation. His works can be found exhibited in festivals and in such international galleries and museums as the LVMH Contemporary Art Collection, in Paris; the MAST Museum, in Bologna, Italy; and the Netherlands Architecture Institute, in Rotterdam.