Alexandre Joly was born in 1977 in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France. He studied at the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design de Genève and the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Genève. He lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland.
Joly’s current practice combines sculpture and sound installations. He often creates site-specific works that significantly explore man’s aesthetic, ethical, spiritual, magical, and ritualistic relationship with nature. For his sculptures, Joly constructs a realm of hybrid phantasmagoria where poetry and imagination come to life narrated by the tracks of his sound installations. In his work, we see prominent fauna imagery and its textural palpability. This appeal to nature, its materials, and its enchanting and mysterious aura allow the artist to create compound beings with a benevolent presence. They immerse the audience in a visual and sensorial journey.
In 2022, Joly’s work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Ariana Museum (Geneva, Switzerland) and at Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland). Alexandre Joly has been awarded numerous competitions, grants and awards which include the competition for the permanent artistic composition of a park for l’Espace de Vie Enfantine in 2019, the Fondation Irène Reymond Prize in 2010 and the Suisse Art Awards in 2007. He exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions including those at the Museum of Natural History (Geneva, Switzerland), the Chengdu Institut of Biology (Chengdu, China) and the Musée des beaux Arts du Locle (Le Locle, Switzerland). Joly has also been represented in numerous group shows both in Switzerland and internationally, such as at the Fondation Bruckner (Carouge, Switzerland), the Nationnal Center for Contemporary Arts (Moscow, Russia) and at Espacio Odeon (Bogota, Colombia).