Les Artistes

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Mach, David
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1956 in Scotland. Lives and works in London.

Sculptor and installation artist David Mach creates artworks based on assemblages of mass-produced objects like magazines, teddy bears, newspapers, car tires, matchsticks and coat hangers. He brings diverse items together in large-scale installations filled with humorous and social comments. Some of his installations are temporary and constructed in public spaces. Mach believes that "an artist must be an ideas monger responding to all kinds of physical location, social and political environments, to materials, to processes, to timescales and budgets. I also believe that sculpture just about encompasses everything – a painting can be a sculpture, a TV ad can be a sculpture, a dance, a performance, a film, a video."

 

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Machado, Monica
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013 
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1966 in Portugal. Lives and works in Paris.

The sculptures Monica Machado creates are inspired by her memories, her artistic culture and religious background. Everyday objects such as tables, wardrobes, shopping trolleys, miniature fountains or whispered sound machines, are transformed into works of art. Whether her material is common, like broken pieces of ceramics or more daring, such as electric motors, all produce surprising and humorous works based on her wildest dreams.

 

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Madoz, Chema
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1958 in Spain. Lives and works in Madrid.

A poet of the image, Chema Madoz arranges objects and materials to create unusual “still lifes” which he afterwards photographs. He gives things new connotations while changing their established meanings through analogies, metaphors, paradoxes, and visual metonymy. His works encourage the viewers to articulate and complement the suggestions made by the artist. “We look through Madoz’s photographs but suddenly, we realize some oddity within them, and we look at them again more thoughtfully... Madoz’s photographs are not made only to be seen; they are also made to be thought about, meditated on, and therefore to be, in all senses, contemplated. And that is precisely why Madoz’s images are so extraordinary; his visual paradoxes need our deduction, our meditation; they are created to be performed and concluded in our minds,” explains art curator Pedro J. Vicent Mullor.

 

 
Magritte, René
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Belgium in 1898, he died in 1967.

René Magritte’s interest for drawing and painting began as a child. He studied painting at the Royal Academy of Arts in Brussels, then started his career as an advertising designer and decorative painter. A turning point occurs in 1923, when Magritte is shown a work by Giorgio de Chirico: it is the start of his surrealist period. His paintings, among which we can cite L’Assassin menacé (1927), Le Fils de l’Homme (1964) or La Trahison des Images (1929, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe”) show dream-like, impossible images that are painted in a highly realistic style. Magritte never explained his paintings, and was famously reticent to psychological interpretations of his work, sayiing: “Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” Magritte became the key figure of the Belgian surrealist group, together with Paul Nougé, Camille Goemans, E.L.T. Mesens and Louis Scutenaire.

 

 
Makishima, Takeshi
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1980 in Japan. Lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Takeshi Makishima’s paintings suggest narratives with solitary figures, animals or surreal encounters. His scenarios evoke a dreamlike atmosphere and are inspired by elements of youth culture or art history. He usually employs a somber, muted palette, with occasional splashes of color.

 


 
Malaval, Robert
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1937 in France and died in 1980.

Robert Malaval was a multi-faceted artist; painter, draftsman and writer, he created a large body of work, permeated with ruptures between the very different series he created. He explained that these radical changes were due to his urge to “escape the boredom of repetition.” The first concept he explored was the aliment blanc, a formless material he created from papier mâché to express a proliferating and unavoidable evil. In the late 60’s, Malaval returned to painting with a more pop aesthetics. Passionate about music, he has embedded rock culture to his work and conducted researches about the connections between sound and image.

 

 
Man, Victor
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1974 in Romania. Lives and works in Berlin and Cluj.

The notion of fragmentation – both geographical and ideological – is central to Victor Man’s body of work, which reflects his multiple references, his way of recycling images and all the transformations he lived through in Eastern Europe. He connects historical moments with personal memories in his paintings, analyzing the impact of the passage of time. Most of his images are appropriated from different sources (books, magazines, Internet or postcards), voided of their original meaning or context, and then juxtaposed to create new narratives. Literary allusions are often present in Man’s works; he considers his own practice to be closely aligned with literature and is interested in developing pieces that grow out this art form.

 


 
Manara, Milo
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Italy in 1945, he lives and works in Italy.

Milo Manara’s career as a comics artist started in the late 1960s. His work was first published in Italian magazines like Terror and Telerompo as well as the French magazine Charlie Mensuel. Manara is considered to be one of the greatest authors of erotic comics. His first erotic comic, titled Déclic (1983), told the story of a nymphomaniac. Other titles include Candide Camera (1988), Kama Sutra (1997) and Giuseppe Bergman (1978 – 2004), a series that mixes experimental narrative and explicit sex scenes. Manara also created a series of educational albums like L’Histoire de France en Bandes Dessinées. Additionally, he collaborated on a series of albums with legendary film directors like Federico Fellini and Alejandro Jodorowsky.


 

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Mann, Sally
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1951 in the USA. Lives and works in Lexington.

Sally Mann usually photographs in black and white. The early photographs of her three children and husband resulted in a series called Immediate Family. These were tales of innocence, or of innocence about to be shattered by the intrusion of the adult world with its lies, violence and a thousand other sins. These are powerful works, evocative of an age, so pure and because of its purity, so vulnerable.

 


 
Mantis
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in South Africa.

Graffiti artist Mantis has been contributing to the street art landscape for over a decade. With a sense of bold irreverence and a keen spirit of contemporary culture-mining he has ornamented street walls of international locations including Los Angeles, Sydney and Berlin. Mantis uses the stenciled-aerosol technique to create images that comment on the contemporary consumer culture.

 


 
Mapplethorpe, Robert
"Everybody's crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"ta.bu" january - march 2016


Born in the New York in 1946, he died in 1989.

Robert Mapplethorpe first experimented with mixed-media collages before turning to photography in 1970, when he bought his first Polaroid camera. His first models were his friends, among which one can find artists (Andy Warhol), musicians (Patti Smith), fashion designers (Carolina Herrera) and actors (Isabella Rossellini), as well as members of the New York S&M scene. Mapplethorpe quickly became (in)famous for his photographs that were considered shocking for their explicit gay imagery. But he also photographed flower still lifes, children, classical statues and took many self-portraits. Mapplethorpe died of AIDS in 1989, one year after his retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

 

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Mariën, Marcel
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1920 in Belgium and died in 1993.

Marcel Mariën was not only active as photographer, collagist and filmmaker, but also as author and publisher, having written and published numerous books. He was an important personality in the Belgian Surrealist scene. In 1937 he started making collages and photos in the surrealist tradition. His two- and three-dimensional collages explored physical and metaphysical connections between things. For his photos, he arranged scenes usually with a woman’s body as canvas, interacting with objects and words. During his whole career Mariën was more concerned with the ideas behind his creations than with the execution or technical aspects.

 


 
Marini, Marino
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1901 in Italy and died in 1980.

Marino Marini started his artistic career creating paintings and drawings, but, throughout his life, has devoted himself primarily to sculpture. Marino’s creations sought to interpret classical themes – female nude, portrait bust and equestrian figure – in light of modern concerns and with modern techniques. The content of his artworks is set by the consciousness of the human as well as the spiritual and aesthetic nature of life. The variety of techniques employed by Marini offers a testimony of the artist’s interest in researching different forms of expression.

 


 
Marioni, Joseph
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1943 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Joseph Marioni adopted a minimalist philosophy for his pictorial work, followed by an intense meditation on painting, on the origin of the pictorial language with a dedication to monochrome. His aim is to investigate color from the inside, its anatomy and organic life, what is not seen, and what is hidden from us because hiding is part of its nature. He imitates the appearance of the mass color with a contained energy, who, when it explodes never exceeds the framework that encloses it. Considered as one of the most important theorists of ‘radical painting’, color for Marioni is an expression of profound emotional states that cannot be described. Therefore, due to its abstraction ability, the color is the language that best allows expressing and communicating aesthetic feelings.

 


 
Marisaldi, Eva
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1966 in Italy. Lives and works in Bologna.

Eva Marisaldi’s poetic visual vocabulary highlights the extraordinary in everyday objects and situations. She evokes childhood memories and the realm of traditional female activities like embroidery and stitching. Marisaldi uses different languages and media, such as drawing, video, installation, performance, photography and sculpture. Her works have an open-ended narrative and incite the viewers’ interactive participation, inviting them to complete their meaning.

 


 
Markiewicz, FIlip
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Luxembourg in 1980, he lives and works in Hamburg and Luxembourg.

A multidisciplinary artist, Filip Markiewicz creates video art, drawings, performances as well as music with his rock band Raftside. Markiewicz’s art explores social and political themes while offering a critical eye on the news industry and the media that surround us. He has thus created art about immigration, social welfare, religion, the Virginia Tech shooting (2011), the Bettencourt affair in France, the Bombers Affair (a series of bomb attacks in Luxembourg in the 1980s) or Guantanamo prison. Markiewicz represented Luxembourg during the 56th Venice Biennial (2015) with the exhibition Paradiso Lussemburgo, a reflexion on the image of Luxembourg and its status as a tax haven.

 

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Markl, Hugo
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1964 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Markl’s art stands, as an archetype of the post-postmodern style or Post-Conceptualism.The intersection between everyday life, pop culture, criticism and art is the basis of Hugo Markl body of work. “The methods of art. That is what I’m interested in,” explains the artist. Markl was - and still is - a multifaceted artist. He worked in every major genre, including installation, live music, video, sound and light installations have become an integral part of his works. Even though these forms were not new, Markl advanced the technical sophistication and emotional reach of them all. Clarity, balance, and transparency are the hallmarks of his work.

 

 
Marsh, Tony
"Obsession" january - march 2015,
"Lightness?" january - march 2012


 Born in the USA in 1954, he lives and works in the USA.

After encountering clay merely by accident, Tony Marsh became immensely interested in the history of the receptacle and began developing a new language for it. When talking about his own artworks, Marsh says: “On a simple level they do attempt to pay homage to what pottery from around the world has always been required to do: hold, store, preserve, offer, commemorate, and beautify.” He also plays with the capabilities of clay in the conscious contradiction of material with his attempts to make items float or to be fully perforated. He discusses the element of clay and its boundaries and decides to react upon them instead of obeying them.

 


 
Marshall, Jonathan
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1981 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Jonathan Marshall’s work can be understood as an attempt to find and understand what is his place as an artist. “Where am I in relation to the history of art, and where am I within our own cultural moment?” he asks himself. His paintings, sculptures and large format quilt-maps embody a personal interpretation of space and time.

 

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Marten, Helen
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1958 in England. Lives and works in London.

Helen Marten’s work is underpinned by an interest in different materials and in the handmade. She approaches sculpture and installation in a digital way; she drags and drops, compresses and unpacks. Her creations are full of humor and references to pop culture.

 

 
Martin, Jacques
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in France in 1921, he died in 2010.

Jacques Martin’s career in comics was shaped by his deep passion for history and classical antiquity. He joined Tintin magazine in 1948, the year he created the hit series Alix, a series set in Ancient Rome. Alix quickly became one of the iconic series of the genre. Martin is also the creator of other historical series like Arno (set in the Napoleonic Era), Kéos (set in Ancient Egypt) and Orion (set in Ancient Greece). He created several educational series based on these characters. Before creating Alix, Martin worked for different magazines for which he created humorous and realistic comics like Le Hibou Gris, Le Sept de Trèfle or La Cité Fantastique. He has also worked in Hergé’s studio for nineteen years. During his lifetime, Martin sold more than twenty million albums worldwide, albums which were translated into ten languages, including Latin.

 

 
Martin, Kris
"Icon(s)" april - june 2015
"Young Collectors"
september - december 2013 
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in Belgium in 1972, he lives and works in Ghent.

Kris Martin’s practice is set within the traditions of conceptual art, working with diverse media such as drawing, photography, collage, installation, sculpture or ready-mades. His creations are meditative and yet, humorously, materialize his reflections on major issues about life: morbidity, beauty, destruction and time. In an art of appropriation and revelation, he alters found objects, with minimal interference and reduced means, to create blank spaces which the viewers can fill with their own interpretations. Martin is fascinated by the way interventions into the daily uses and understandings of things enable the loosening of fixed identities, the subversion of established systems and hierarchies, and the opening up of a new space for reflection, resistance, creativity and thought.

 

 
Marty, Enrique
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1969 in Spain. Lives and works in Salamanca.

Enrique Marty mixes different media to create works that explore the human condition. Fascinated by the Baroque, he is inspired by paintings and sculptures from this period. He is mostly known for his sculptures of human figures – based on molds of real people like friends, family or anonymous – that investigate the aspects of the grotesque in the humanity. “I am interested in the human mind and in the human body,” says Marty. “When you create art, you create a language – a dramaturgical language. The viewer stands in front of a stage, and on this stage something extraordinary happens. (…) Some people tell me I make freaks, and that I only concentrate on the freaky part of life. But that is not true: this is not a part of life, this is life, and everything is freaky. I see this everywhere, everything is very strange, life is strange, and normality doesn’t exist.”

 

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Maruyama, Shinichi
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1968 in Japan. Lives and works in New York.

Photography has always been part of Shinichi Maruyama's life. The artist himself affirms that his creativity and work as a photographer are unconsciously influenced by the old traditions of Japan. At the university of Chiba, he majored in image engineering where he studied emulsion and learned to hone his passion for photography. After working for commercial photographic agencies and as freelance photographer, Maruyama began a deeply introspective artistic period.

 

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Mary, Xavier
"From here to eternity" october 2016 - april 2017

Born in 1982 in Liège, he lives and works in Brussels.

Xavier Mary graduated at École de Recherche Graphique in Brussels in 2006. His sculptures and installations have been described as belonging to ‘modernism 2.0.’ or ‘modernism reloaded’, and are part of a new art movement that has yet to find its name and definition, although the terms ‘altermodernism’ and ‘metamodernism’ are often used. The tonality of his artwork seems to be adrift somewhere between the ancient, the brand new and the yet-to-come, a trademark of the contemporary artistic climate. Mary likes to work with steel objects that look like they were found alongside the road, such as highway guardrails and traffic lights, and meticulously turns them into monumental sculptures. Though not a theorist, he enjoys the idea that ‘objects exist independently of human perception’.


 

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Masson, André
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in 1896 in Balagny-sur-Thérai (France), he died in 1987.

Most of André Masson’s youth was spent in Brussels, where he worked as pattern-drawer in an embroidery studio and studied part-time at the Académie des Beaux-Arts. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts until he joined the French Army in 1914. Living in Paris after the war, Masson befriended artists Juan Gris, André Derain and shared his workshop with Joan Miró. He mainly painted forests, card players and still life, followed by experiments with automatic drawing. As a good friend of the founder of Surrealism, André Breton, Masson participated in movement from its beginning. His famous sand paintings exploring chance effects are of this period. Masson is well-known for his dramatic compositions, with metamorphoses using animal and human forms, themes of germination, combats and massacres, with emphasis on violence and eroticism. In later years, he rediscovered the elemental forces of nature and returned to painting landscape themes.


 
Matégot, Mathieu
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in Hungary in 1910, he died in 2001.

Mathieu Matégot first started his career in Budapest, designing stage sets for the National Theater. He then moved to Italy and the United States, before settling in France in 1931. He created window designs, and later fashion designs, for the Galeries Lafayette, among other jobs. During World War II, he fought in the French Army. As a prisoner of war, he was put to work in a factory where he discovered the many uses of sheet metal. After the war, Matégot was naturalized French and started creating handcrafted furniture using rattan, glass and formica, and became the first designer to use perforated sheet metal in furniture design. His work became hugely successful in the 1950s, and Matégot subsequently became one of the most renowned French designers of the 20th century. His most famous designs are the Nagasaki stool and the Copacabana armchair.

 

 
Mater, Ahmed
"Pair(s)" september - december 2015
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012


Born in Saudi Arabia in 1979, he lives and works in Abha.
 

Ahmed Mater’s work, which encompasses photography, calligraphy, painting, installation, performance, and video, explores the narratives and aesthetics of Islamic culture in an era of globalization, consumerism and transformation. It is also influenced by his early education and life as a medical doctor, as well as by his traditional upbringing and Saudi culture. He has managed to create a new visual language within the boundaries of his faith, his culture and scientific training, and has broken new ground for contemporary art in the Arab world.

 

 
Matthys, Michaël
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1972 in Belgium. Lives and works in Charleroi.

Michaël Matthys is a comics artist that developed a unique technique in the lithographic process, distinguished by the use of blood. He is not attached to traditional codes of narrative comics and prefers to explore the possibilities of large-scale lithography. He is the author of books such as Moloch (2003) and La Ville Rouge (2004), a portrait of the chaotic universe of his native town Charleroi.

 


 
Mayer, Hans-Jörg
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1955 in Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.

Hans-Jörg Mayer mixes heterogeneous references and experiments with different styles to create his paintings. Bin Laden, Lars von Trier, Rammstein, porn actors, graffiti, and other elements of popular culture are approached by him. “It therefore might sound like an unforeseen, but worthwhile conclusion that Mayer’s work is not about any of this,” explains art critic and curator Saskia Draxler. “Or rather: it only regards the surface of all of this. The surface of figurative painting, the surface of pop, the surface of abstraction, the surface of text, trash, graffiti... the surface one could say, of recent art history. (…) He deals with art‘s history central means of production: the canvas.”

 


 
Mayer, Léa
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1987 in France. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ENSAV.

 

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Mayet, Jorge
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

 Born in 1962 in Cuba. Lives and works in Palma de Mallorca.

Jorge Mayet makes sculptures of trees, plants or other objects inspired by nature. His sculptures, made of fabric, acrylic and paper, are not identical copies from reality. Mayet likes to create imaginary trees and dispossesses them from their soil.

 


 
Mayo
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013


Born in 1905 in Port Said (Egypt), he died in 1990.

Antoine Malliarakis, known simply as Mayo, was encouraged to study architecture in Paris by his father, a Greek engineer who worked on the Canal of Suez. Despite the latter’s efforts, Mayo blossomed as a painter, illustrator, art director, costume and stage designer. The artist left an important mark on several classics of the French cinema, such as Les Enfants du Paradis (1945), Casque d'or (1952) or Hiroshima mon amour (1959). Mayo frequented the Parisian avant-garde circles during the 1920’s, and befriended Derain, Picasso, Prévert and Desnos. While he remained independent of any group, he is often classed as a surrealist. Mayo painted mainly realistic subjects, still lives and human figures and was constantly inspired by his travels, incorporating his perceptions of nature and life in his paintings.

 

 
Mazzonelli, Jacopo
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1983 in Italy. Lives and works in Trento.

Jacopo Mazzonelli, as his medium of expression, uses installation and sculpture plus combines them with elements of music, philosophy and art history. He investigates sound elements (music and noise, rhythm and silence) while not including them necessarily in the work itself. More recently, the artist became especially concerned with sound as an “event,” or as the raw material of a new autonomous language free of any specific references to the dynamics of music. The sound object is observed from different angles by allowing endless readings.

 

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McCarthy, Paul
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1945 in the USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Paul McCarthy’s intense video, performance and installation works are rooted in taboo subjects such as sexuality, violence and repression. Since the late 1960s, McCarthy has explored Abstract Expressionism, Pop and Conceptual art, Minimalism, Body Art, and experimental film. He combines these diverse approaches with references to television, pornography, horror films, amusement parks and fairy tales to provoke reflection on the social and psychological impact of the media. Using bodily fluids, paint, and food, McCarthy creates elaborate and grotesque explorations of family, childhood and dysfunction. His body becomes a canvas and a stage to lay bare the dark, disquieting corners of society’s subconscious and the pervasive infantilism of American mass culture.

 


 
McKirdy, Kristin
"Red" september - december 2012 
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1958 in Canada. Lives and works in France.

Respectful of tradition and yet very open to diverse inspirations, Kristin McKirdy’s work is influenced by English and Scandinavian pottery. Her personal repertoire is firmly rooted in classic ceramic themes: the vase, the cup and the amphora; the relationship between interior and exterior; fruits and seeds. McKirdy’s compact creations are characterized by the purity of her design and an abstract vision.

 


 
Meert, Julien
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1983 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ENSAV.


 

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Meese, Jonathan
"Obsession" january - march 2015

Born in Japan in 1970, he lives and works in Geneva.

Jonathan Meese is a German painter, sculptor, performance and installation artist; his often multi-media works include collages, drawings and writing. Meese's personal interests, including horror films, comic books, Outsider Art, and medieval crusades, are often reflected in his works. German Expressionism reflecting social discontent and the horrific realities of war regularly form the basis for Meese's artwork. While self-portraits are a common component in many of Meese's works, his image is frequently transformed through a variety of characters, including divas and demons. These characters are commonly used to explore the reality of power. As a collective, Meese's works make gripping narratives.



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Mein, Alexandra Leyre
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1979 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.

Alexandra Leyre Mein draws her inspiration from neoclassical and romantic sculptures, and African tribal art as well as fantastic and surreal literatures. In her work - through sculptures, paintings and drawings - she explores the limits of the rational and irrational, creating a world populated by anthropomorphic, hybrid creatures with a dimension of ambiguity and decorated with the disturbing beauty and the delicate monstrosity that resembles us. Christophe Van Eecke describes her work as follows: "She shows us life moving from the inside out. Hand-crafted in plaster, her bodies seem to melt and wither. But instead of simply dying, they regenerate into complex organisms. They will themselves come back to life and rise up in a new splendour. Her work shows bodies in transformation, moving back and forth between human and animal shapes, struggling to bring themselves into being. They capture a process: everything that dies brings forth new life and is transformed into something new. In a world obsessed with consumerism, Alexandra’s work invites us to slow down and look again at a beauty that is everywhere apparent. It is the beauty of nature’s resilience in the face of death and destruction."

 

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Meldibekov, Erbol
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1964 in Kazakhstan. Lives and works in Almaty.

Trained as a sculptor, Erbol Meldibekov also works as performer, photographer and video-maker. As one of the most prominent Central Asia artists, he has been mining the history of his native region for three decades. The many pieces he created refer to the historical changes from socialism to capitalism and show that, regardless the regime, power has a similar face. His art is spontaneous, strongly visual without any enjoyment or aesthetic searches. What matters to him is the emotional response to the provocative exposure of the situations he portrays.

 

 
Melgaard, Bjarne
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1967 in Australia. Lives and works in New York.

Bjarne Melgaard is mostly known for his confrontational works with violent and sexually explicit overtones. He combines different media – including paintings, drawings, films, texts, and sculptures – that often completely transform the places in which he exhibits. Melgaard blends sub-cultural phenomena with high culture and art history, personal experiences with abstract identity constructs, the glamour of a fetishized culture of consumption and luxury with the existential abyss of brutal reality. He appropriates things and puts them into new contexts, imbuing his works with irreverence and existential humor.

 


 
Meotti, Lola
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1986 in France. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ENSAV.


 

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Messager, Annette
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"States of Mind" january - march 2014


Born in Berck-sur-Mer (France) in 1943, she lives and works in Malakoff (France).

Annette Messager has been exploring the possibilities of installation through the use of everyday materials and photography for more than 40 years. “I’ve always been interested in devalued arts,” she explains. “As a woman, I was already a devalued artist. Being a member of a minority, it is in the order of things that I should be attracted to so-called marginal objects. From there, doubtlessly, also comes my taste for folk art, proverbs, the rough art created by the insane, maxims, fairytales, the art of the everyday, embroidery, film. (…) I think minorities become strong precisely because they take advantage of their own strengths, and not because they try to imitate those of the majority.” Ideas of fragmentation and repetition are constant in her body of work. The themes the artist approaches might be related to an intimate, domestic universe, with fictional-autobiographical elements, or to cultural and sociological phenomena.


 
Meste, Philippe
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1966 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

Philippe Meste is an artist depicting action. His works reflect his aesthetical way of tracking down sex and violence. His actions give form and substance to fantasies of insecurity and violence; the limits of what is admissible and tolerable are pushed back without hesitation.

 

 
Meurant, Gérard
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1983 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ERG.


 

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Mezzaqui, Sabrina
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 
"
Inner Journeys" april - june 2013


Born in 1964 in Italy. Lives and works in Marzabotto.

The work of Sabrina Mezzaqui is characterized by the use of familiar materials, and by investigating the many possibilities of writing. She takes inspiration from literature and small life events to produce works that look like visual poems, in which the written word and the image blend together harmoniously. As in her work where a video camera records the insects’ movements and the limited detail of flight is transformed into an abstract embellishment. Thus, illustrating another compositional principle typical of Mezzaqui’s work, repetition and variation. Also, the sense of fragility is constantly present in her creations, manifested trough delicate materials like leaves and flowers, pierced fabrics, or cutout pages.

 


 
Micha, Wobbe
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1985 in Belgium. Lives and works in Erembodegem.
Studied at LUCA.

 

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Mikhailov, Ivan
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1981 in Russia. Lives and works in Moscow.

Giving an almost documentary dimension to his works, Ivan Mikhailov, through his photographs investigates the reality of contemporary Russia. A country that has lost inspiration and lives with the nostalgia of dreams like space exploration, a vast city, Moscow, with its aggressive advertising, traffic jams, and expensive shop windows, that seems ill adapted for the young people moving from the provinces to the capital. His scientific and objective approach is inherited from the Dusseldorf school of photography.

 

 
Miller, Harland
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1964 in England. Lives and works in London.

Harland Miller is active as both novelist and artist. In 2001, he produced his best-known series of large-scale paintings based on Penguin books’ covers. By exploring the motif inherent in those publications, he found a way to merge the features of Pop Art, abstraction and figurative painting with a style of painting that don’t look right without words. Miller continues to create works in this mood, amplifying the books’ covers to include his own phrases. The titles of Miller’s ‘book paintings’ include some hilarious, absurd, sarcastic or melancholic statements about life.

 

 
Minkkinen, Arno Rafael
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Helsinski in 1945, he lives and works between Finland and the USA.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen moved with his family in 1951 to Brooklyn but he always kept a primal connection to his homeland, Finland. His visual signature is his own naked body or body parts in black-and-white landscapes of lakes, mountains, forests, snow, and seemingly surreal and timeless environments. Aside from his career as a photographer, Minkkinen also teaches art and photography at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, was a docent at the Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki and a visiting Professor at the École Appliqués in Veney.


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Minter, Marilyn
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1948 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Painter and photographer Marilyn Minter has been dedicating herself both to commercial work and her personal projects. At the beginning of her career, she explored sexuality and erotic imagery, trying to get to the humor and irony behind them. Minter painted big and realistic pictures of hard-core pornography that scandalized public and critics in the 80s. For the last decade she has been making colorful pictures that mimic fashion spreads and beauty advertisements, but with something off, like smeared makeup. The artist questions idealized standards of beauty and representations of glamour in the fashion industry.

 

 
Miorandi, Valentina
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1982 in Italy. Lives and works in Trento.

With a background in drama, arts, music and cinema, Valentina Miorandi relies on her studies to work in a multimedia context. Eager observer of her surroundings, the artist is inspired by the culture, politics and the contingencies of everyday life. Even though she explores political and social issues with sarcasm, she always leaves to the public an unconditional freedom of reflection and evaluation.

 

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Mir, Aleksandra
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1967 in Poland. Lives and works in London.

With a background in cultural anthropology and visual communication, Aleksandra Mir developed an extensive artistic practice in which drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video, and performance coexist. In her ease to tell stories, it was possible for her to explore various supports and a wide range of topics in rejecting boundaries and classifications. According to art curator Nancy Spector, Mir’s media knowledge enables her works to resonate long after they are conceived and exposed, because they put things in motion, pushing the viewers to search, interpret and perpetuate their meaning.

 

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Mishima, Ritsue
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - june 2016
"Obsession" january - march 2015
"Lightness?" january - march 2012


Born in Kyoto in 1962, she lives and works in Venice. 

Ritsue Mishima works in collaboration with Murano-based glassblowers who make her clay models come to life. While most Venetian glass is characterized by bright color, the artist focuses on producing glasswork that is colorless and transparent for, in the artist’s own words, “transparency contains all colors.” The Venetian lagoon, with its magical light and rich sea life and the universe with its planets, stars and meteorites are the most important themes in Mishima’s work.


 

 
MiTacq
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Belgium in 1927, he died in 1994.

As a young boy, MiTacq was a member of the scouting movement, and this activity proved to have a lasting effect on his career as a comics author. His work was first published in scouting publications, while his popular series La Patrouille des Castors tells the story of a group of young scouts. MiTacq then worked as an illustrator for magazines like Spirou and Pilote. His most famous character, Jacques Le Gall, first appeared in Pilote in 1959. The series tells the many adventures of a young teenage boy who is confronted with Nazi treasures, adventures in Asia or smugglers in the Mediterranean.

 

 
Moerman, Jean-Luc
"ta.bu" january - march 2016
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014
 
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013 
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in Belgium in 1967, he lives and works in Brussels.

Jean-Luc Moerman works with different media (digital paint, drawing on paper or magazine photos, paint on canvas, vinyl, etc), which feature his signature abstract forms. Either black and white or brightly colored, these organic, abstract forms recall a permanent state of evolution and movement. Inspired by street culture, he brings together in his work sources as diverse as graffiti, fashion images, comic strips, science fiction and tattooing techniques.

 

 
Moffat, Tracey
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1960 in Australia. Lives and works between Sidney and New York.

Photographer and filmmaker, Tracey Moffatt draws on popular culture and her personal background to create her artworks. She explores subject matters like Aboriginal subjugation, maternal domination, gender stereotypes, and class division, which demonstrate her clear concern with power relations.

 


 
Mogensen, Rasmus
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

 Born in 1974 in Denmark. Lives and works between Paris and New York.

Rasmus Mogensen is known for his beauty and fashion photographs for magazines and advertising campaigns. In his «Perfectly Natural» series Mogensen shows idealized female bodies, inspired by Italian artist Milo Manara and his comic books, full of sexualized women in strong roles. Mogensen has initially photographed his models from a shifted perspective, giving them an undeniable sense of strength and power. He then digitally manipulated their forms. One of his objectives is to reflect the surreal or unnatural physical ideals of our contemporary era by incorporating the use of image manipulation. The viewer is confronted with these 'ideal' women who look 'perfectly natural' but whom, in reality, are strangely too perfect.

 

 
Moix, Santi
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1960 in Spain. Lives and works in New York.

The work of Santi Moix encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. An inveterate traveler, he accumulated long stays in foreign countries where he became a keen observer of the human condition. He translates his experiences and impressions to his works: “My intention is that my creations are telling stories.” Travelling is for Moix a way to reinvent himself daily and to find out new things to say. Painting remains a valid support for him with which he keeps experimenting without neglecting other media.

 


 
Mol, Pieter Laurens
 "Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013
 
"
Lightness?" january - march 2012
 
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011


Born in 1946 in Breda (The Netherlands). Lives and works in Brussels.

Pieter Laurens Mol’s œuvre defies a single stylistic definition and embodies a diversity of mediums: photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media objects and installation. Most of his early work consists of photos with the inclusion of a self-staging artist. His photographs changed subject in the ‘90s, switching to traditional genres such as landscape and still life yet portraying significant concepts such as “falling”, “loss” or the romantic theme of “searching”. Mol’s works, independent of the specific medium of expression, seem to possess a mystical, sometimes even hermetic quality, frequently combined with an element of the absurd. Failure, both heroic and comical, characterises many of his works. 

 

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Molodkin, Andrei
 "Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1966 in Russia. Lives and works between Paris and Moscow.

Conceptual artist, Andrei Molodkin creates artworks engaged with contemporary geopolitical and economical issues. He is best known for his sculptures and installations using residue oil that he collects from the pipelines of national corporations. In a labor-intensive process, wax sculptures are cast into acrylic blocks. Through means of heat and pressure the wax sculpture melts away - leaving a negative space. The hollow imprint of the mold is then filled with crude oil creating liquid sculptures. Molodkin also creates drawings with ballpoint pen, combining a street-art feel with the echoes of Soviet political posters. “All my work is political”, explains the artist. “Russian contemporary art is lost in translation and that is why my art is direct, like that of the Avant-Garde.”

 


 
Mondongo
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"Sex, Money and Power"
  january - march 2013 
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011


Born in 1974 (Juliana) and 1976 (Manuel) in Argentina. They live and work in Buenos Aires.

Mondongo, a traditional tripe stew from Argentina, is also the name for the Argentinian art collective led by the couple Juliana Lafitte and Manuel Mendanha. The name was chosen as a symbol for their aims as artists: to bring art to the common people and to make of their creations a ‘dish of many ingredients’. Their oeuvre is full of social criticisms and reflections on modern life. Working together since 1999, their use of different materials is one of Mondongo’s most distinctive and innovative aspects. Plastic, iron, cotton threads, plasticine, but also chewing gum, meat and breadcrumbs; almost everything has been used in their collages.

 

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Monin, Thomas
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1973 in France.

Far from an anthropocentric approach, through his drawings, videos and installations, Thomas Monin stages the ultimate energies nature develops for its survival. The artist definitely claims our animality and is looking for it in his creations. In this regard, his artworks are often made with skeletal remains, mostly from animals.

 

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Montoya, Santiago
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1974 in Colombia. Lives and works in Miami.

Santiago Montoya follows a multidisciplinary approach that embraces traditional painting, found objects’ installations and video documentary. His works draw mostly on political issues and history, raising questions about systems of value and how these systems shape us as individuals and nations. Montoya explains: “the psychological approach to history is always of great interest to me: how our behavior is different depending on the context we live in. How we behave and respond to the world that surround us, and the world that others have created, transformed or destroyed.” His most recent works explores the iconography of paper money, investigating idealism and political propaganda. Thus, key symbols appropriated by different nations and times in history, and the use of used bank notes or food coupons along with clichés titles, add an element of humor in his works, making the often complex subject matter more accessible, looking to bring everyone into the conversation and encourage debate.

 

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Morales, Armando
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Granada, Nicaragua in 1927, he died in 2011.

The tools of painting have fascinated Morales since his early childhood. To the artist, the start of his career was the first time he made a realistic painting of an imaginary landscape. Morales attended the Student School of Fine Arts, Managu, where he fulfilled his dream to learn oil painting. In 1956, he won the first prize for his work Árbol-parlante, a figure inspired by the Mayan tradition, at the Central American Painting Contest in Guatamala. It was later bought buy the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The following year was the start of a life filled with travels, starting with New York on a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1970, Morales began to paint lush and voluptuous fruits that evoked the sensual softness of human skin. It led to painting nudes, the artist taking immense pleasure in painting details with unsurpassed sensuality. While there was a stage in which he leaned toward the abstraction, he returned in the late 60's to the two omnipresent themes in his work: the tropical landscape and the human figure. Morales is arguably the best-known artist from Nicaragua, and his reputation and experience was much valued. Morales taught painting at the Cooper Union in New York, served as cultural attaché of the Consulate of Nicaragua and later became the alternate delegate from Nicaragua to UNESCO.


 
Moravec, Benjamin
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in France in 1977, he lives and works in Germany.

Concerned with the effects of media deluge, Benjamin Moravec questions the socially constructed values and images that permeate contemporary visual culture with his realist oil paintings of family life, pornography, and solitude. Moravec investigates the relationships between images and the public versus the private nature of their mediatization, whether those images originate from the world of painting, photography, advertising, cinema or the Internet. The artist sometimes uses the picture-in-picture technique to add layers of meaning and blur the line between reality and fiction.


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Morellet, François
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1926 in France. Lives and works in Cholet and Paris.

François Morellet began to interest himself in geometrical abstract forms towards 1950. He joined GRAV (Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel), a group of Kinetic artists who explored the possibilities of the visual arts in a scientific and experimental way. Determined to find a new medium of expression, Morellet used neon from 1963 as his chosen material. After the dissolution of the group in 1968, he continued his research on the unpredictable nature of perception and became interested in architecture and space.

 


 
Morgante, Sandrine
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1986 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ENSAV.


 

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Moshiri, Farhad
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Shiraz (Iran) in 1963, he lives and works in Teheran and Paris.

Farhad Moshiri started his career in the USA, where he studied Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts. He worked for a while in America before returning to Iran in 1991. In 2011, Moshiri participated in the 54th Venice Biennial. Some of the recurrent themes in his work are his fascination for pop culture and the duality between East and West. The artist explains: “A very understandable example is when Coca-Cola is written in Arabic; the overall look and aesthetic of the bottle changes.” The artist became famous for his installations that show cheerful messages written on a wall; on closer inspection, these messages appear to be written with knives plunged into the wall. Moshiri also creates embroidered canvases. These are hand embroidered in Iran and sometimes feature beads.


 
Mouillé, Thierry
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1962 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

Creator of artworks of curious appearance, not far from surrealism, Thierry Mouillé transforms, moves and transposes objects and their meanings. His art reveals the infinite possibilities of things: beyond its own nature, each object can change its definition and destination. Since 1988, the devices or objects he creates are all part of the Fondation Mouvante. In spite of being very often playful, his objects ‘of no importance’ all express a political engagement.

 

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Moyer, Sam
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1983 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Sam Moyer “wall sculptures”, as she likes to call them because the process is so physical, are made with minimal utensils: textile and ink. She uses and, sometimes, misuses these basic materials to create her artworks. The self-imposed constraints of a rectangular picture, flat surface and a monochromatic palette, refer to the aesthetic of photography, which is an important inspiration for her. Moyer’s process relies on a matter of chance: her creations are submitted to climate variations; and it is precisely the randomness of nature that provides each artwork its own peculiarity. This way, she is moving forward the possibilities of abstraction.

 


 
Muniz, Vik
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1961 in Brazil. Lives and works in New York and Rio de Janeiro.

Photography and improbable materials, such are the pillars of Vik Muniz’s body of work. Using trash, toys, peanut butter, sugar or jelly, skillfully he recreates the images coming from the art history or from the popular culture, which are then photographed. With a large dose of humor, he studies the nature of representation in a world saturated by the images, thinking about the modern life and about its ceaseless flow of information.

 

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Muntean & Rosenblum
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1962 in Austria (Muntean) and in 1962 in Israel (Rosenblum). Live and work in Vienna and London.

Markus Muntean and Adi Rosenblum have been working together since 1992. Their drawings and works on canvas borrow elements from classical iconography – Renaissance, Baroque or Neo-Classical – to depict adolescents and young adults in present contexts. Typical for their creations are the maxims, aphorisms or comments that accompany the images. The texts form a threshold in which they are neither explicitly related to the image, nor are they randomly chosen. “Muntean/Rosenblum show the problematic nature of figurative painting today. In what they refer to as a polyphonic structure, they create a system of precise ambiguity with each element being knowingly self-referential and simultaneously self-critical,” explains art critic Mark Gisbourne.

 


 
Musco, Angelo
"From here to eternity" october 2016 - april 2017
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014
 
"Inner Journeys" may - june 2013
 
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011 
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011


Born in Naples in 1973, he lives and works in New York.

Angelo Musco attended the Academia Delle Belle Arti, close to the historic part of the city and near the Napoli Sotteranea, where the mysticism, history and legends of the old city destroyed by the Vesuvius, created an ongoing fascination. Because painting materials were too expensive, Musco experimented with installations and different materials; it is then that he discovered the human body as a tool to portray his art. Musco's photographic work comprises elaborate, and mostly large-scale, panels picturing thousands of nude bodies in surreal landscapes. At a certain distance, his images appear to be real natural structures, such as trees or nests, while at close-range the viewer recognizes that they are actually made of human bodies. Recurring themes are his difficult birth, confinement, subterranean worlds, and natural architecture. He first photographs his models in different locations and then digitally edits the images in order to create his intricate landscapes.

 

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Mussat Sartor, Paolo
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1947 in Italy. Lives and works in Turin.

With an eclectic body of work underlining his approach towards various themes while the strength of his works lies in the continuity of his ideas, Paolo Mussat Sartor, a self-taught photographer, has been working since 1966. Well known for his portraits of Arte Povera’s Italian artists, which he photographed in their studios, he created an essential document of the movement. But, from the female body to series of dissected fruit showing their interior with stunning sharpness, his works suggest that the evolutionary process of art never comes to an end. Thus, since 1985, he has been experimenting with photographic prints, using colored pigments and mixed techniques to create unique pieces.

 

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Mylayne, Jean-Luc
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1946 in France. Lives and works in the world.

For more than three decades, photographer Jean-Luc Mylayne and his wife, have been travelling and leading a nomadic life around the world in search of subjects: ordinary, commonplace birds such as robins and sparrows, kingfishers and starlings. He abandoned modern conventions of owning house, car and material possessions to chase a nomadic life devoted to the creation of his artworks, that tenderly captures the natural world and its avian inhabitants. His artistic pursuit is both deeply personal in practice and universal in poetic observations upon the metaphysical. Over the years, 150 images have been produced, each unique, representing months and sometimes year of patience, recorded in a split of a second.