Stevens Vaughn Bio

 

is a conceptual ritualistic artist, born in 1958 at a Cattle farm in Minnesota US. When he turned 20 he was sent by the Peace Corps to the Philippines, working with tropical agriculture. This step lead him into a life long relationship with Asian Culture, Art, history and mythology. Vaughn established a career as designer and sculptor, opening

studios in Japan, China, Taiwan, Sri-Lanka and Mexico.

During his 9 years based in Japan he was influenced by the architectonic and artistic ways of “MA- Space” Shibui and Gutai.

Stevens has a special form of Autism, which has no linear perception of time, and this precondition early on connected him to the philosophies of non-dualistic, circular ontologies, which is widely practiced in the Dao of China.

His art is inevitable rooted in the Dao philosophy and the study of imperfection in perfection, playfulness in spontaneity as a non-dualist perception and expression.

 

His art creates discussion and controversy as he combines traditional medias and techniques with ideas of societal engagement. He has sculpted Buddha heads in red star uniforms with traditional 景德镇(Jing De Zhen) porcelain, and established theoretical parallels to fluid gender theory and ancient mythology. His artistic approach can be described, referring to the 900 century Northern Song and Tang dynasty artistic construct 逸品 (Yi Pin) of daoist mindset expressed trhough spontaneous and performative painting style. Stevens I based in Xiamen, Dehua (China), and Valparaiso, (Chile).

 

Due to Stevens close collaborations with Scandinavian Artists Bård Breivik, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Bjørn Roth and Bjørn Nørgaard with whom he shared the Fluxus ideas and Artistic expression, he was in 2006 appointed professor at the Diether Roth academy in Gulangyu, China. One of the notable artistic collaboration is the 14 year long work with artist Bjorn Norgaard (Denmark) for the crystal sarcophagus for Her Majesty Magrethe the 2nd, Queen of Denmark and his Royal Highness The Prince Consort.

 

Beside his achievements as sculptor and adjunct professor at the Ceramic Institute of Dehua and his lectures at the Central Academy of Art Beijing. Vaughn’s permanent performative paintings are on display at the Chongqing LAB art museum where he performed at the inauguration, in Shanghai at the Ke Art museum and at MAAM in Rome. He has held solo exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Valparaiso, Curitiba, London, Berlin, Brazzaville, Bulgaria, Hubei, Miami, Rome, Torino, and Shanghai.

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