Born in 1986 in Haiti Currently based in Montreal, Canada
While Manuel Mathieu’s trajectory may be easily traced to his Haitian upbringing, his work articulates his positionality from a multitude of realities and perspectives. Reposing on his own multiplicity, the abstractness of his work conveys the abundance in existing at the intersection of racial, geographical, and cultural identities.
Mathieu’s abstract imagery taps into the unrepresentable and elusive — he offers emotional and spiritual nuances that post-structuralist critiques neglect. He presents historical paintings that rely on emotive and speculative thinking as a form of knowledge production. He abandons figurative or didactic western traditions for a more interactive mode of interpretation where the viewers are actively participating in formulating their understanding of the work. Mathieu’s practice brings much needed vitality to the otherwise definitive character of painting by allowing the meaning of his work to be context-dependent.
He expands his artistic repertoire to delve into subjects that investigate themes of historical violence, erasure, as well as Haitian visual cultures of physicality, nature, and religious symbolism. He takes us along a journey that brings pleasure and purpose in being vulnerable and ever-changing. Marrying abstract and figurative techniques, his compositions carve out space for us to reflect on Haiti’s transformative heritage while inviting us to consider the different futures the act of remembering creates. After all, this is what Mathieu’s evocative paintings incite in us: a sense of polyphonic reality that forgoes absolute truth and draws from our collective imaginary.
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
Two Person/ Group Exhibitions
2018 Frieze NY, Kavi Gupta, NY
ARCO Madrid, Maruani Mercier, Spain
2017 Art Basel, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Miami
1:54 art fair London, Tiwani Contemporary
Foire Papier, Galerie Division, Montreal
In-visibilité Ostentatoire, Fondation Clement, Martinique
Studio International , 06.13.2018
Manuel Mathieu: ‘Life experience sometimes forces you to see things that you wouldn’t otherwise have seen’
I first met Manuel Mathieu at Art Brussels in 2017. As soon as I saw his busy, kaleidoscopic canvases, a crowd of questions formed in my mind. He had a booth to himself and was moving …
Montreal Times , 05.11.2018
Black Canadian contemporary art alongside From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso
Black Canadian contemporary art – The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) invites a reflection on cultural diversity through the exhibition Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, presented alongside the exhibition From Africa to the Americas: …
Flash Art , 05.11.2018
Manuel Mathieu Kavi Gupta / Chicago
In what is the artist’s stateside debut, staged at Kavi Gupta, painter Manuel Mathieu presents a new body of work that expands upon his ongoing multilayered research into trauma and memory, and by extension solitude …
Manuel Mathieu: reflections on abstract painting and trauma
“My understanding of painting is the language of abstraction, and by abstraction I mean a world of ideas, a world of complex thoughts, a world of imagination. I believe that a descriptive approach is actually …
BLOUIN ARTINFO, 02.06.2018
Manuel Mathieu’s “Nobody is Watching” at Kavi Gupta, Chicago
Kavi Gupta hosts Manuel Mathieu’s "Nobody is Watching” at its Chicago venue.
Titled "Nobody is Watching” by Manuel Mathieu’ this is a solo exhibition of original work by Manuel Mathieu. Although known as an interdisciplinary artist, Manuel is …
Painter Manuel Mathieu’s First Major Show Revisits Haiti’s Undiscussed, Traumatic Past
"Truth To Power" is inspired by specific events during the successive dictatorships of François and Jean-Claude Duvalier—aka Papa Doc and Baby Doc.
Manuel Mathieu is off to a great start. All the works in Truth To Power, his …
Galerie Magazine , 12.01.2017
10 Emerging Artists to Watch at Art Basel Miami Beach
Born in Haiti and now based in Montréal, Mathieu completed his MFA from Goldsmith’s just last year and currently has a solo exhibition at London’s Tiwani Contemporary, on view through December 22. At this year’s ABMB, Kavi Gupta is …