pierre mathieu
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Pierre Mathieu is a self-taught artist, born in the south of France in 1964.
Son and grand son of Spanish political emigrants on his mother?s side, he was not destined to be an artist by education or family background.
He graduated from a French and English Business school in 1987 and later became active in the field of international aid to third world countries. In these activities, he traveled extensively to the poorer regions of the world and particularly to Latin America.
It?s at the age of 28 that Pierre Mathieu started to paint. His work was influenced and nourished by his professional activities in developing countries and also by the urban life of modern cities.
In 1996 he moved to the USA. It is there that he really started exhibiting in several art galleries of American cities such as Washington D.C, Santa Fe, Chicago and New York.
He returned to France at the end of 2001 a few weeks after September 11.
He currently lives and works in Marseille in the south of the country.
It is also in 2001, that he definitely decided to become a full time artist.

His original references are to be found in the after war currents of the ?Experimental Painting that drove the work of the ?COBRA movement at the end of the 40ies in northern Europe, and more particularly the work of Asger Jorn. Later on, artists such as Rauschenberg, De Kooning, Cy Twombly, Baselitz, Basquiat and comic books artist Enki Bilal also were definite influences to his more recent work.

Born: October 13, 1964, In Lavelanet in the south of France.
Lives and Works in Marseille, France, since November 2001 after having spent 6 years in the USA between 1996 and 2002.