Born in Sint-Truiden, Belgium, Johan Creten has been traveling the world from Mexico to Rome, Miami to Amsterdam for 25 years. Towards the end of the 1980s, the artist started working with clay, the "taboo" material in the art world at that time. Creten, along with Thomas Schütte and Lucio Fontane, is among the pioneering artists who made ceramics acknowledge as a contemporary art form. Social and political meanings lie beneath the works of Creten, the pioneer of modern ceramics, which at first glance seem extremely beautiful and aesthetic. According to Creten, his work is part of the democratic discourse and has symbolic meanings when viewed from different angles. Johan Creten lives and works in Paris.