SEBASTIEN LEON AGNEESSENS (1973) was born in Orleans, France, leaving home at seventeen to pursue an undergraduate degree in mathematics. His first job was with the French trade commission in South Korea and in 1997 and he received an MBA from Bocconi University in Milan. After a short period working as a marketing executive in Madrid and New York, Sebastien left the corporate world in 2001 to establish "The Point", a project space showcasing new works of New York artists, gradually morphing into his own creative agency, Formavision. After German publisher Gestalten published Sebastien’s first book "Remastered", in which over fifty artists reinterpreted Old Master paintings, including Scott Campbell, Faile and Rostarr, and after producing massive installations across the world and collaborating with many artists, in 2008 Sebastien started to focus on his own art.
Sebastien's projects test the physicality and sound of space and time in folded drawings that extend to immodest lengths, paintings that insist on altered dimension, and sculpture that echoes in our fingers. Extending an invitation to voyage, Sebastien distills a hypnotic means of transcendence grounded in abstract mathematical forms continually disrupted by the allure of irregularity. With a body of work grounded in an understanding of art as an instrument of provocation, delight, and questioning as much as a representation of reality, Sebastien develops artistic projects independently as well as for architectural clients and brands such as Krug, Audemars Piguet and Audi.
As a recording artist, Sebastien released in 2009 a first solo album, "Cranes of Glitter" produced by Kyle Fischer (Rainer Maria), followed by "Jeux d'Artifices" in 2012, produced by James Truman. In 2015, he released “Jinlap,” composed and performed with Tibetan scholar and guitar player Kaia Fischer of the rock band Rainer Maria.
Sebastien is the design director of Atelier d'Amis, a company he co-created in 2015 with with interior architect Valerie Pasquiou and furniture entrepreneur Philippe Boccara. Rooted in the spirit of collaboration, Atelier d'Amis strives to create pieces that go beyond luxury furniture to become pieces of conversation for the home.
Based in New York and Los Angeles, Sebastien exhibits his work internationally in galleries and museums: Paris’s Palais de Tokyo, New York’s Park Avenue Armory, Beijing’s UCCA, and Milan’s Palazzo della Triennale. His work is featured in publications worldwide: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Le Figaro, Corriere della Sera, Frame Magazine, Surface Magazine, AD and Dezeen. Sebastien was invited to lecture at the Harvard MBA and School of Design and was also the subject of a 30 minute feature by NHK, Japan’s leading national public television broadcasting channel.