Bernar Venet is a conceptual artist born on April 20, 1941 in southeastern France. He showed an interest in painting and drawing from the age of 3. After military service, he established a studio in Nice. In 1967 he moved to New York. According to Wikipedia:
Venet’s work has become known internationally, with sculptures exhibited in Belgium, America, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and more recently New Zealand, where he is represented by Gow Langsford Gallery. In 2005, Venet received the title of Chevalier de La Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour. In 2012, Venet was commissioned by Alan Gibbs, an art collector based in New Zealand; Venet’s newest and largest sculpture stands in the Gibbs Farm sculpture park. In 2012, luxury car maker Bugatti invited Venet to create a one-off artwork to be applied to a Veyron Grand Sport. The finished work, described as “the fastest artwork ever”, was revealed at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach.