Frédéric Garnier was born in 1970 in Troyes, France into an Italian-French-Croatian family. Fascinated by history and arts, he consequently studied visual arts, but also history and heritage. As a very diverse artist, Garnier has worked in many different mediums, from performance art to installation. The common theme of his works is always the quest for meaning of human existence, exploration of time and our relativity to it. Intrigued by the notion of time, Frédéric finds that the egocentric connection which humans have with time, determined and measured by us, only highlights our vulnerability and transience.
Frédéric Garnier uses many uncommon materials and subjects in his installations – from trampoline, to exit signs and matches. Words that appear in Frédéric Garnier’s installations explore concepts of sexuality, religion, and heritage. His artistic research is mainly based on personal experiences and questions, and so his work parallels the cycles and events of his life.
Garnier’s process as an artist is to organize given ideas, and picture them with a visual vocabulary of his own. The nature of this process caused his creations to be protean and very different from one another. The medium itself is not important to the artist – with each piece, he tries to find the suitable form to express an idea, by manipulating, arranging and assembling the parts of an installation. His intention is for the viewers to be able to see their own reflection in his works.