Of French origin, Laurent Craste has been living and working in Montreal for the past 25 years. His practice focuses on the exploration of the multiple layers of meaning of decorative objects: ideologically, aesthetically, and through their sociological and historical dimensions. The porcelain vase, in particular, has for years been the subject of predilection of the artist's work. Laurent Craste appropriates this archetypal figure of decorative arts, using it as matter, support and playground for his artistic interventions, in order to create striking formal and conceptual proposals.
Ceramist by trade, Laurent Craste also holds a Master in Visual and Media Arts from UQAM, and he was awarded numerous prizes and awards during his career (Winifred Shantz Award, Grant to artists from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Quebec Arts Council, etc.) His works are on display in numerous private and public collections (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Public collection of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada, Claridge collection, etc.).
Throughout his almost 20 years long career, Laurent Craste participated in about 60 group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. He also presented a dozen solo exhibitions. Over the past two years, he proposed two major solo exhibitions at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound, Ontario. This year, his work has also been exhibited in New York (Museum of Moving Image) and Paris (Cité de la Mode et du Design).