1965 Caracas (Venezuela)
Elias Crespin uses custom-software-controlled motors to animate the modular geometric structures he creates. His installations consist of arrangements of metal hand formed elements or single elements in geometric shapes, which are suspended in midair by nearly invisible nylon threads. Through computer programming, they constantly shift and mutate, producing highly nuanced choreographic effects. His work questions the concept of form, space, movement and time and it’s often associated with the study of color, the experimentation of different materials and textures, of light and shadow.
Elias Crespin grew up in Caracas, where he was originally trained as a computer engineer. His parents were both mathematicians, his grandparents were artists and his work perfectly integrates these two personal universes, science and art. It was only later in his career, in 2002, after having worked for twenty years in software programming, that he started developing his first piece that took two years of research.
Since 2004 his pieces have been exhibited in many international institutions and venues such as the Astana International Exhibition 2017, the Cuenca Bienal 2016, the Busan Biennale in Korea 2014, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Maison de l’Amérique Latine, the Grand Palais and the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris, the Boghossian Foundation in Brussels.
They have entered the collections of important institutes such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, El Museo del Barrio in New York, the Latin American Museum (MALBA) of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2020,
artworks entered the collections of the Louvre museum and the Maison
de l’Amérique Latine in Paris.
Since 2008 he lives and works in Paris.