After studying at the Beaux-Arts in Nîmes and the Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques in Paris, Stéphane Calais was nominated for the Ricard Foundation Prize in 2008 and the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2009.
His work can be found in a number of private collections in France, the United States, Belgium and Japan, as well as in various museums, including the Centre Pompidou. He is also an occasional curator and art critic. He has taught at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, since 2008. Primarily a painter, his work deals with forms and how to play with them.