- Dena Foundation Prize, Paris, France
Fabien Verschaere was born in 1975 in Vincennes, in the Val-de-Marne department in the eastern suburbs of Paris. Born with a mysterious disease, the artist lived in the hospital for the first 15 years of his life. Verschaere’s artistic education was nurtured at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and Fine Arts in Nantes, under the direction of Robert Fleck. Fabien created a world of his own, a world of wild and untamed imagination, full of hybrid creatures coming from some dreamlike circus or a fairy tale. Verschaere’s works were exhibited worldwide in Paris, Milan, Seoul, Newcastle, New York, Bucharest, Hanoi, Abu Dhabi and Mexico. He participated in events such as The Force of Art at the Grand Palais and 02 Vraoum at La Maison Rouge, Paris. Fabien collaborated with designers Domeau & Peres, the toymaker Elie Bleu and Centre International Glass Art in Meisenthal. He also joined forces with Pierre Hermé when they created Itinérantes Residences based on Verschaere’s drawings.