Jean-Luc Verna

French, b. 1966

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Jean-Luc Verna

French, b. 1966

Biography

Jean-Luc Verna’s installations, which include drawing, photography, and sculpture, revolve around his extensive activities as a performer. Frequently drawn onto a gallery's walls or floor, highlighted with makeup or applied text, and juxtaposed with framed photographs and drawings that combine references from art history and rock music, Verna’s work is filled with fantastic mythological creatures that suggest dark, sexual narratives. Goth, gender politics, mythical and religious iconography, fetish, and drag all inform his work. Verna also dances for choreographer Gisèle Vienne and sings with the band I Apologize.

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Biography

Jean-Luc Verna’s installations, which include drawing, photography, and sculpture, revolve around his extensive activities as a performer. Frequently drawn onto a gallery's walls or floor, highlighted with makeup or applied text, and juxtaposed with framed photographs and drawings that combine references from art history and rock music, Verna’s work is filled with fantastic mythological creatures that suggest dark, sexual narratives. Goth, gender politics, mythical and religious iconography, fetish, and drag all inform his work. Verna also dances for choreographer Gisèle Vienne and sings with the band I Apologize.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Top emerging
Emerging representation
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze