Manuel Mathieu

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Born in 1986 in Haiti Currently based in Montreal, Canada

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1986, Manuel Mathieu was raised in an environment infused with both danger and beauty. During the 21 years he stayed in his home country, he became witness to constant political upheaval, wide-spread disease, and ongoing natural disasters. He also experienced the rich history of art and independence that is integral to the Haitian culture. Within that atmosphere, he learned to embrace the ephemeral connection between what is tangible about life, and what is fleeting.


The unique visual language Mathieu has developed is a fluid mixture of his Haitian heritage and his formal arts education, which culminated in a Masters of Fine Art Degree from Goldsmiths, University of London. He draws inspiration from Haitian folk art, such as the rock sculptures of Jean-Brunel Rocklor, on which Mathieu’s Rivière Froide paintings are based. He is also inspired by the ability of the Irish painter Francis Bacon to convey agony, and to turn the grotesque into the sublime; and by the masterful naiveté of the German artist Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze (WOLS).

Solo Exhibitions

2018Nobody is Watching, Kavi Gupta Gallery | Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL

Solo booth, Armory show NY, Tiwani Contemporary Gallery

2017 Truth to Power, Tiwani Gallery, London, UK

Art Brussels, Maruani Mercier, Belgium

2016 One future, Goldsmiths Graduating show, UK

2015 49/50, Fig 2, Curated by Fatos Üstek, Institute of Contemporary Art, London