Born in Versailles in 1980, Laurent Proux lives and works in Paris.

In his expressive, large-format works, Proux stages humans in the field of tension between industry and nature in the context of 21st century’s late capitalism. Depictions of workers in offices, factories and warehouses are juxtaposed with light-flooded scenes of people and nature. While the realistic depictions of the working and factory environment have a sober - perhaps sobering - quality, Proux uses powerful and expressive stylistic means in his depictions of nature. The interplay of the works confronts the viewer with the riddle of the human nature in the present day, which is to be deciphered in its multi-layered levels. What is the (un)natural? Is it people in an industrial context, protected by their clothes and a monotonous daily routine, or is it the naked body at the mercy of nature, caught between deformation and the instinctive freedom of animal instincts? Proux gives no clear answer - there are hints of hope and decline in both worlds. The works appear as multi-layered mirrors of human identity and way of life, inviting viewers to find themselves in Proux’s ambivalent worlds.

Laurent Proux’s oeuvres are included in the collections of the National Center for Visual Arts (CNAP), the Occitan, Limousin and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regional contemporary art collections (FRAC) and the Paris Municipal Collection (FMAC). His work has been exhibited at the Mana Contemporary in Chicago (US), the Shanghai Art Museum (CN), the Moscow Center for Contemporary Art (RU), the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Lyon (FR), the Limousin FRAC in Limoges (FR), at the Lieu Commun in Toulouse (FR) and at the Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain de l’Abbaye Sainte-Croix aux Sables-d’Olonne (FR). Laurent Proux was a resident of the Casa de Velázquez in Madrid (ES).