“Creation is an uncontrolled muscle” according to Arik Levy (born 1963).
Artist, technician, photographer, designer, video artist, Levy’s skills are multi-disciplinary, and his works are shown and installed worldwide. Best known publicly for his sculptures – such as his signature Rock pieces –, his installations, limited editions and design, Levy nevertheless feels “The world is about people, not objects.”
Hailing originally from Israel and moving to Europe after his first participation in a group sculpture exhibition in Tel-Aviv in 1986, Levy set up his studio in Paris in 1992.
Heavily dyslexic, art became his medium of expression. His formation was unconventional where surfing and painting on surfboards as if they were canvas, as well as his art and graphic design studio, took all of his time back home. After years of practice Levy decides to take on studies at the Art Center (Europe) in Switzerland where he gains a BS with distinction 1991.
After a stint in Japan where he consolidates his ideas, observing Japanese minimalist culture and way of life, and taking on very different experiences such as manufacturing products and pieces for exhibitions, Levy returns to Europe where he contributes his artistry to another field – contemporary dance and opera by way of set design and installations.
The creation of his studio then meant a foray back to art, his first love, followed by industrial design, as well as other ways of expressing his talent.
Considering himself now more of a “feeling” artist, Arik Levy continues to contribute substantially to our interior and exterior milieu, his work including public sculpture, as well as complete environments that can be adapted for multi-use. “Life is a system of signs and symbols,” he says, “where nothing is quite as it seems.”
Arik Levy is Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres de la République française.