509, W 27th St - New York, NY 10001



Phone: +1 212-563-4474


Saint Clair Cemin Studio
480 Main Street South - Woodbury CT 06798



Phone: +1 718 4735767


Galerie Xippas - SWITZERLAND
Rue des Sablons 6, 1205 Genève, Switzerland



Phone: +41 22 321 94 14


Galerie Xippas - PUNTA DEL ESTE
Ruta 104 km 5, Manantiales, Punta del Este, Uruguay



Phone: +598 9892 6529

Saint Clair Cemin (born Cruz Alta, Brazil in 1951) is a postmodern sculptor, professor, writer and film producer (610FILM). He lives and works in Woodbury, Connecticut and in Hydra, Greece.

His work encompasses multiple styles, approaches, and materials, from neo-surrealism to furniture to toys in popular culture to the history of sculpture. Cemin became interested in sculpting as a teenager. Once interested in philosophy and physics, he began to focus his attention on art, drawing and working on illustrations for magazines. Cemin earned his degree at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, from 1975-1978 where he learned printmaking for three years. He moved to New York City shortly after, where he worked in several fields, mostly with printmaking. From 1979 to 1983, Cemin went in a soul-searching mission, after seeing the exhibition of Joseph bueys at the Guggenheim. He finally began making sculpture in the summer of 1983. The artist's first exhibited sculpture was The Granny Ashtray, which has been described as an anti-modernist piece. Throughout the 1980s, Cemin became an integral part of NY's East Village art scene. Some of his works from this era are on permanent exhibition at important institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. After those formative years in NYC Cemin moved to Egypt and then Paris to pursue sculpture in different environments and with different mediums. After 2010 he returned to NY and continues to create sculptural works in his Brooklyn studio.
In 2012 Saint Clair Cemin had a public exhibition of works along Broadway in Manhattan. Of the several works exhibited on Broadway, one, "Vortex" at the corner of 57th street and Broadway, stood some 40 feet tall.

In 2005, Richard Milazzo's book on Saint Clair Cemin titled "Saint Clair Cemin: Sculptor from Cruz Alta" was published by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. A book of Saint Clair Cemin's art writings have been published by Edgewise Press titled Fragments of a Mind: Stories and Comments on Art 1987-2004.

In 1990 Saint Clair Cemins' first public sculpture was installed in the town of Reston, Virginia. Since then he has had large public monuments installed throughout the world, including "Open" in Schaumberg, Illinois, "Tree" in Bergen, Norway, "Spring" in Båstads Kommun, Sweden. The monument, "Supercuia" in Porto Alegre, Brazil and was completed in 2003. His public works also include "Fotini", "Three Graces", "Humanity", "Yggdrasil", and "Mercury Fountain". His custom works are featured prominently throughout Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature. Saint Clair Cemins' latest monumental work is the marble boat "Psyche". He received the Biennial Award from the Ueno Royal Museum and the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan in 1995.

Saint Clair Cemin's work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Emily Fisher Landau Collection, Long Island City, NY; Rooseum, Stockholm, Sweden; Eli Broad Family Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Saint Clair is married to filmmaker Svetlana Cemin.

Extract from the book published by the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey on the occasion of Cemin’s exhibion in 1993


The sculpture of Saint Clair Cemin could be properly called a projection of being in the world. They appear as agents of the body, mediators of language, slipping into the world around us, each seeking to make for itself a place in the world. Each remains always close to our familiar world of objects and the body of the self, but loosen language of fixed meaning, where word and image jostle to gain the upper hand, as each swerves away from the other. One by one, they work along the borders and limits of knowledge and signs for the real.
In crossing different forms, materials, styles, the sculpture contributes to the ruin of a language of signs to which we have become accustumed and opens onto a field of new horizons, new possibilities, new worlds. Everyday objects and creatures of the world: chairs, tables, bowls, teapots, animals, humans - each of them seem at the point of arrival, as if coming into being for the first time, and yet always dreaming of other worlds, going beyond the point of recognition. They appear distracted, miscast in their role, desiring, yielding, composed, decomposing.


The sculpture is conceived in a state of perpetual flux, metamorphosis and mutation, an errant world seeking to overcoe its incertainities or fulfill its desires through assuming other forms and spaces or mimicking the gestures of the body. This offers itself new supplies, a supplement, signs of change, revitalyzing itself by introducing the foreign into the known which estranges it and make way for the foreign. It exceeds the system, driven rather by a constant deferral, the desire to assume form, to represent or to perverse pleasure of refusal, a giving up. A lapse of order that is rather a condition of becoming, or unbecoming, a decomposition, where form falls into matter, a state of entropy, the informe. In short, the sculpture of Saint Clair Cemin is a constant detour, of reason and folly, of perception and memory, of logic and desire, of life and death. An unstable universe, where the borders of the body, of the self, of sentiment and perception are porous, flowing in and out, an informing of the world around it and a coming into being.

Charles Merewhether


All About Woman

Galerie Baronian Xippas, Brussels, Belgium
December 19th, 2020


Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City
March 8th - April 30th 2018
Link to gallery website

Pontresina Inaugural Group Show

Plutschow Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Dec 18, 2017 - Feb 4, 2018

Even Banks Have Souls

Plutschow Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Dec 1, 2017 - Feb 24, 2018

Summer Sculpture Exhibition

Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City
July 7th - August 19th, 2016


Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City
May 26th 2016 - August 19th, 2016
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Galeria Bolsa de Arte, Sao Paulo, Brazil
April 6th - May 16th, 2015
Link to gallery website

Myth and Math

Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City
October 30th - December 23th 2014.
Link to gallery website

Espejo barroco

Centro Atlantico de Arte Contemporaneo, Canary Islands, Spain
October 26th 2012 - February 10th 2013

Saint Clair Cemin on Broadway

Outstanding instalation New York City
September 6th 2012 - January 30th, 2013
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Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City
September 6th - October 13th, 2012

Triunfo da Razão Natural

Luciana Brito Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil
March 22nd - April 30th, 2012


Bolsa de Arte, Porto Alegre, Brazil
October 14th - November 16th 2010

Splendeur et Misère

Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
June 5th - July 25th, 2010

Da Pureza ao Enigma

Retrospective at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil
May 22nd - July 5th 2009


Sikkema Jenkins, Co. New York City
May 8th, 2008

The Beijing Series

Galerie Daniel Templon - Paris, France
September 8th - October 22nd, 2007

Solo show

Galerie Alain Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium
April 2007

Solo show

Galeria Brito Cimino, São Paulo, Brazil
May 16th 2006

Saluti da Vietri

Galleria Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co. Milan, Italy
March 7 - June 7 2005

Dessins et sculptures, Oeuvres de Saint Clair Cemin

Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France
October 19th - December 3rd, 2004

Gods of the People

Brent Sikkema, New York City
October 9th - November 13th 2004

Bienal Mercosul

Porto Alegre, Brazil
October 4th - December 7th 2003

Solo show

Bolsa de Arte, Porto Alegre, Brazil
October 10th - October 30th 2003

Solo show

Galleria Sperone, Rome, Italy
January 2002

The Mind

Cheim & Read, New York City
February 12th - March 16th 2002

Saint Clair Cemin

Museo De Arte Moderno, Mexico,
March 20th - May 26th 2001

Solo show

Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago
March 2000

Saint Clair Cemin

Casa Iteso-Clavigero, Mexico,
November 14th-February 16th, 2000.

Saint Clair Cemin Sculpture

Lever House Lobby Gallery, New York City
February 23rd - April 30th, 2000

Solo show

Galeria Camargo Vilaça, Sao Paulo, Brazil
June 6th - 30th, 2000

Solo show

The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
February 9th - April 3rd, 1999

Solo show

Galeria Enrique Guererro, Mexico City, Mexico
February 18th - April 24th, 1999

Solo show

Cheim & Read, New York City
June 8th - July 12th, 1998

Saint Clair Cemin: Bronzes

Velge & Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium
September 23rd - November 15th, 1998

Man Woman Tree Boat House Car Golem,

Galleri Lars Bohman - Stockholm, Sweden
April 18th - May 24th, 1998

Saint Clair Cemin: Chimera

Baumgartner Galleries - Washington, D.C.
October 15th - December 5th, 1998

Perspectives, Saint Clair Cemin

Birmingham Museum of Art - Birmingham, Alabama
December 5th - June 6th, 1998

Solo show

Galeria Camargo Vilaça , São Paulo, Brazil
March 1997

Saint Clair Cemin, Sculptures

Centro Cultural Light, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
April 10th - May 11th, 1997

Saint Clair Cemin: Four New Sculptures

Robert Miller Gallery - New York City
May 20th - Jun 21st, 1996

Solo show

Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil, 1995.
Saint Clair Cemin: Sculptures
Gian Ferrari Contemporanea - Milan, Italy
March 9th - April 13th, 1995

Solo show

Robert Miller Gallery - New York City
November 28th- January 6th, 1994.

Escultura de Saint Clair Cemin,

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo - Monterrey, Mexico,
January - May 1994

Sculpture of Saint Clair Cemin

Center for the Fine Arts - Miami,
October 8th - December 31st, 1994

Solo show

Galeria Camargo Vilaça - São Paulo, Brazil 1994

Solo show

Gallerie Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden,
March 10th - April 12th, 1994

Solo show

Robert Miller Gallery - New York City
April 19th - May 21st, 1994

Solo show

Galerie Daniel Templon - Paris, France
November 26th - December 31st, 1994

Saint Clair Cemin: About Materials

The Greenberg Gallery - St. Louis, Missouri
February 4th -March 31st. 1993

Saint Clair Cemin, Anders Tornberg Gallery - Lund, Sweden

April 3 - 28 th, 1993

Solo show

Galerie Barbara Farber - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
October 9th - November 7th, 1993

New Sculpture

Robert Miller Gallery - New York City
March 3rd - April 4th, 1992

Solo show

Galleria Soledad Lorenzo - Madrid
September 16th - October 17th, 1992

The Human Condition

Paul Kasmin Gallery - New York City
October 29th - December 5th, 1992

Saint Clair Cemin

Witte de With - Rotterdam, The Netherlands
June 15th - July 21st, 1991

Directions - Saint Clair Cemin

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Smithsonian Institute,
Washington, D.C.
October 17th 1991 - January 19th, 1992.

Solo show

Baumgartner Galleries - Washington, D.C.
16 November - 13 December,1992

Saint Clair Cemin: Recent Sculpture

Daniel Weinberg Gallery - Santa Monica, CA
November 7th - November 30th, 1992

Solo show

Galerie Thaddeus Ropac - Paris, France,
December 1st - January 19th, 1991

Solo show

Anders Tornberg Gallery - Lund, Sweden. 1990

Double show at Massimo Audiello Gallery - New York, and Sperone

Westwater Gallery, New York,
September 15th- October 13th, 1990

Solo show

Gian Enzo Sperone Gallery - Rome, Italy

Solo show

Massimo Audiello Gallery - New York City
April 22nd- May 20th, 1989

Solo show

Daniel Weinberg Gallery - Los Angeles, CA
January 30th - February 27th, 1988

Solo show

Rhona Hoffman Gallery - Chicago, Illinois,
October 14th - November 11th, 1988

Solo show

Massimo Audiello Gallery - New York City
October 22nd - November 21st, 1987

Solo show

Daniel Newburg Gallery - New York City
October 9th - November 1st 1986

Solo show

Daniel Newburg Gallery, New York City
October 9th - November 12th, 1985

Solo show

Beulah Land
New York City, 1984

Solo show

Galleria Projecta - São Paulo, Brazil ,1982

Installation at The Red Bar

New York City, 1982

Solo show

Galeria Guinard - Porto Alegre, Brazil, 1981

Solo show

Galeria Projecta, São Paulo, Brazil, 1981

Solo show

The White Room - Hasselt, Belgium,
21 September - 20 October 1980

Solo show

Galeria Projecta-São Paulo, Brazil -1979

Solo show

Galeria Guinard, Porto Alegre, Brazil - 1979

For a complete overview of group exibitions from 1978 to 2002, please see the following document.