Daniel Buren was born March 25, 1938 in Boulogne-Billancourt (France).
In the late 1960s Buren hit on the mark that connected him with ideas of space and presentation arising through deconstructionist philosophies backgrounding the May 1968 student demonstrations in France.
Working in situ (on site), he uses the stripe - a popular French fabric motif - to create a form of language in space rather than a space in itself. He began producing unsolicited public art works using striped canvas. The stripe is a standard 8.7 cm wide. Denoting the trademark stripes as a visual instrument he invites us to take up his critical standpoint challenging traditional ideas about art.
He started by setting up hundreds of striped posters in more than 100 metro stations around Paris, drawing public attention through these unauthorised bandit style acts. In another controversial gesture he blocked the entrance of the gallery with stripes at his first solo exhibition.
As a conceptual artist, he was regarded as visually and spatially audacious, objecting to traditional ways of presenting art through the museum/gallery system while at the same time growing in hot demand to show via the system.
By the ’70s and ’80s he was exhibiting in Europe, America and Japan. In 1986 he represented France at the Venice Biennale and won the Golden Lion Award
In 1986 he created a 3,000 m² sculpture in the great courtyard of the Palais Royal, in Paris: Les Deux Plateaux, more commonly referred to as the Colonnes de Buren. This provoked an intense debate over the integration of contemporary art and historic buildings.
Often referred to as ‘the stripe guy’ Buren also expresses his theme in paint, laser cut fabric, light boxes, transparent fabrics and ceramic cup sets. His stripes are displayed in private homes, public places and museums world wide.
In 2007 Buren has been awarded the Praemium Imperiale.