Painting cruelty or blood – all of that seems very boring to me. My paintings are political, and politics is complex.



Manuel Mathieu's abstract works often evoke figurative shapes in nondescript environments, drawing from Haitian visual cultures and western art movements such as expressionism and existentialism. 


Creativity can be playful, but art is not a game. I don’t take what I’m doing lightly. Art is necessary. It is vital for me to point in these directions, not to convince anybody, but to have this conversation, because we don’t have them enough in Haiti. 

Manuel Mathieu was born in Haiti in 1986. He obtained a BA in Visual and Media Arts at Université du Québec à Montréal and a MFA at Goldsmiths University of London.

In his work, Mathieu transcends the confines of autobiography and the fragmented narratives of racial and socio-political identities as he creates layered compositions that allude to his composite identity and overlapping interests. Self-reflection and spiritual contemplation bind his paintings to questions of collectivity. How does spontaneous reactions frame collective consciousness? How can we redefine the confines of memory and knowledge to be more inclusive of the voices that have been...

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