Stephane Graff (b. 1965) is a Franco-British artist based in London. His practice is characterised by the use of analogue photographic techniques and photorealistic paintings. Having been influenced by the psychoanalytical traditions of Freud and Jung, and scientific methods, Graff, regularly addresses themes of identity, concealment, memory and a secular conception of the sacred. In-depth research led Graff to develop Alter Egos such as the scientist ‘Professore’ and the ethno-botanist Dr Albert Frique. His most extensive bodies of work are the ‘Black Box’ paintings, the ‘Constrictions’ photographic series, and the ‘Mille-Feuille’ paintings, which are made on numerous strips of wood, combining the disciplines of painting and sculpture. Graff has exhibited internationally. Selected exhibitions include: National Museum of Sweden (2020), Ateneum Museum, Finland (2020), Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome (2018); Almine Rech Gallery, London (2016); The Musée d’Art Modern et Contemporain, Nice, France (2013); the Ercel Foundation, Turin, Italy (2010); the Operating Room, Amerikan Hastanesi, Istanbul (2010); the Musee de Marrakech, Morocco (2004); and the Museum of Mankind, London (1991).


Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020
    • Mille-Feuille and Sugar Bytes, Mucciaccia Gallery, London
  • 2018
    • Eyedentity, Partners and Mucciaccia, Singapore.
    • Eyedentity, Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome, Italy
  • 2016
    • Catalogue of Errors, Almine Rech Gallery, London, UK
  • 2010
    • Professore, Operation Room, Amerikan Hastanesi, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2007
    • Black Box, Enrico Navarra, Paris, France 
  • 2006
    • Invisible Ink, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK 
  • 2003
    • Les Remparts, Dar Charifa, Marrakech, Morocco 
  • 2001
    • Corps Anonyme, Studio show and book launch, London, UK 
  • 2000
    • Land, Hirshl Contemporary, London, UK 
  • 1999
    • Sandlines, Blains Fine Art, London, UK
  • 1997
    • Akhenaten’s Dream, Fabian Fryns Gallery, Marbella, Spain 
    • Still Glass, Michael Hoppen Photography, London, UK 
  • 1994
    • Sand Reliefs and Mummi cations, Burlington New Art Gallery, London, UK 
  • 1992
    • Constrictions, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK 
  • 1991
    • Lost Tribe, Museum of Mankind, London, UK 
  • 1988
    • The Last Supper, Roussos Gallery, London, UK 

Group Exhibitions

  • 2020
    • IInspiration-Iconic Works, Ateneum Museum, Finland
    • Iconic Works, National Museum of Sweden
  • 2017 
    • Visionaries of the XXI Century, Partners & Mucciaccia, London, UK 
  • 2016
    • I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper, curated by Catherine Loewe. Griffin Gallery, London UK
  • 2015 
    • The Nude, Sotheby’s S2 Gallery, London, UK. 
    • Arboretum, Crane Kalman Gallery, London, UK.
  • 2013
    • La Quatrième dimension, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Nice, France 
  • 2012
    • Certains pleurent d’émotion devant les équations, Odile Ouizeman, Paris, France
    • London 12, City of Prague Museum, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Words, words, words, Beton Gallery, Athens, Greece
  • 2010
    • Identity Theft, Mimmo Scognamiglio Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
    • Platinum, Ercel Foundation, Turin, Italy
    • Wonderland, Assab One, Milan, Italy 
  • 2009
    • Play, Paradise Row, London, UK
    • Il faut être absolument moderne, Paradise Row, Istanbul, Turkey 
  • 2008
    • Africa, Bernard Shapero Gallery, London, UK 
  • 2004
    • Haik Project, Musée de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco 
  • 2001
    • Into the Light, Pamukbank Fotograf Galerisi, Istanbul, Turkey 
  • 2000
    • Painted Pictures, Michael Hoppen Photography, London, UK 
  • 1999
    • Into the Light, Calcogra a National, Madrid, Spain 
    • Silence in Painting, Crane Kalman Gallery, London, UK
    • Into the Light, Royal Photographic Society, Bath, UK
  • 1997
    • Six Artists, Lefevre Gallery, London, UK 
  • 1996
    • The Body, Michael Hoppen Photography, London, UK 
  • 1994
    • Constrictions, Lucie Weil-Selligman, Paris, France 
  • 1993
    • Constrictions, Zeit Foto Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 
  • 1992
    • Group Show, Kooling Gallery, London, UK 
  • 1991
    • Five Young Contemporaries, Crane Gallery, London, UK 
  • 1987 
    • Group Show, Hamiltons Gallery, London, UK

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