Stéphane Villafane

Visual artist & Architect

Born in France, 1969

Lives and works in Barcelona and South of France





2000  Degree in architecture – School of Architecture of Lyon (France)

1995-1998  Specialization in Visual Arts

Conceptual approach to the project: studies / installations developed and supervised by Dominique Blaise,      

visual artist teaching at the School of Architecture of Lyon (France)

Pictorial approach to the project: studies / paintings created and supervised by Jean-Philippe Aubanel,    

painter teaching at the School of Architecture of Lyon (France)

Video project approach: studies / short films directed and supervised by Georges Baconnier,      

scenographer teaching at the School of Architecture of Lyon (France)

1988-1994  School of Architecture of Lyon (France) and Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona (Spain)

1988  Scientific bachelor degree

Main exhibitions since 2008 


2019  Gallery // Esther Montoriol, Barcelona // Spain 

2019  Gallery // Lisa Norris, London // United Kingdom 

2017  Gallery // MMB, Avignon // France

2017  Gallery // Galerie13, Montpellier // France

2016  Fondation // Lluro, Mataro // Spain 

2014  Gallery // Mark Hachem Gallery, Paris // France 

2013  Gallery // Griffin, London // United Kingdom 

2012  Gallery // Gallery 32 // Jordan 

2011  Gallery // Modus, Paris // France 

2009  Fondation // IAC Juan Gil Albert, Alicante // Spain 

2009  Fondation // Lluro, Mataro // Spain

2008  Gallery // Montcada, Barcelona // Spain

" Stephane Villafane trained as an architect and as a result his primary interest when it comes to painting is space and its relationship to time. How one can formulate different types of space; empty space, constructed space, natural space, meditative space and so on. In order to explore and discover new space, he sees it vital to empty his paintings of a narrative or a subject. He describes his process more of observing things from a distance, which involves working across different media including photos, sketches, and models before he arrives at a painting on a large scale.

He travelled a lot when he was younger and was heavily influenced by American literature, particularly the Beat Generation. This influence is reflected in his conceptual approach to painting, concerning himself with the emptiness and absence of travelling on a journey. His palette is subtle but fresh and full of light, mainly blues, whites, greys and green, which are tranquil and quietly recede as the shifting planes of space come to the fore.

His profession as an architect and his profession as an artist remain inextricably entwined." Lisa Norris Gallery, London

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