Born in 1994
Lives & works in Paris
In 2020 Matthias earned his MFA from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Matthias Garcia’s work cultivates a taste for pictorial ambiguity through scenes combining childish imaginations, fleeting figures and unreal atmospheres. His oil paintings borrow as much from Unica Zurn (1916-1970), Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1978) as from Andersen’s tales (The Little Mermaid) and toys intended for adolescence, such as Monster High’s dolls. Through his aesthetic, Matthias Garcia familiarizes us with a world, his own, but also one of the possible worlds of tomorrow. It is necessary at the same time to read there a generational posture. For the observation is also and first of all translated at the plastic level, and more precisely through the way in which the artist approaches the de-hierarchization, following the example of the reigns, of the sources of his aesthetic. If the history of art is recharged with the energies of the present, it is because it is immediately hybridized with other references drawn from popular culture, like mangas and video games, which are devoured and assimilated with the same appetite. Faced with the need to ensure inter-species coexistence and the diversity of life forms, Matthias Garcia depicts, painting after painting, drawing after drawing, a world that does not so much invite us to secede from reality as to curl up in the hollow of its troubled immanence.
Exhibition "Mon chant sans sort", Galerie Sultana, Paris.
October 13 - November 25 2023.
Exhibition "Un lieu à soi", FAWA, Paris.
October 12 - 22, 2023.
Paris + by Art Basel, Le Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris.
October 20 - 23, 2022.
LISTE Art Fair Basel, Basel.
September 20 - 26, 2021.
Exhibition "Fakelores", Galerie Sultana, Paris.
May 20 - July 17, 2021.
Exhibition "Lorsque l'âme agit", Pavillon Vendôme, Clichy.
September 17 - December 30, 2020.
Exhibition "Moins de trente ans !!", La Fab - Agnès B, Paris.
June 16 - September 19, 2020.
Exhibition "TAKE CARE", Magasins généraux, Manifesto XXI, Pantin.
September 18 - 20, 2020.
Exhibition "Le Cabaret du Néant", FRAC Ile-de-France, Château de Rentilly.
March 08 - November 15, 2020.
Diplôme des Beaux-Arts - 2020
Mon chant sans sort
Liste Art Fair 2021. Basel, Switzerland
ART BASEL OVR 2021. Worldwide, Worldwide
Felix Art Fair 2023. Los Angeles, USA
Solo exhibitions : Soho House, (Pairs, FR, 2022); LISTE Art Fair with Galerie Sultana (Basel, CH 2021); 'Fakelores', Galerie Sultana (Paris, FR 2021); 'J’ai beau garder les yeux grands écarquillé', Ecole nationale des Beaux-Arts (Paris, FR 2020); 'Tous mes fleurs', Fleurs Sauvage, (Paris, FR 2019); and 'Sombre Printemps', KG gallery (Tokyo, Japan 2018).
Select group exhibitions : Paris + Art fair with Galerie Sultana (Paris, FR, 2022); 'L'enfance dans la collection agnes b.', La Fab. (Paris, FR 2022); 'Dépêchons-nous parce que même la magie prend un certain temps', L'Annexe (Paris, FR 2022); 'Biennale de Paname', La serre du grand parc (Saint Ouen, FR, 2021); 'I have no children but I’m a mother', Volonté93 (Saint Ouen, FR 2021); 'Le Cabaret du Néant', Château de Rentilly - FRAC IDF (Bussy-Saint-Martin, FR 2020); 'Take Care Festival', Les Magasins Généraux (Pantin, FR 2020); 'Lorsque l’âme agit', Pavillion Vendôme (Clichy, FR 2020); 'When You Wake Up the Buffalo', Nicodim Gallery (Los Angeles, US 2020); 'Vanité Vanité', Galerie Laure Roynette (Paris, FR 2020); 'Groupshow', Galerie du Jour Agnès B (Paris, FR 2020); 'Abbieanian Novlangue', Galerie Sultana (Paris, FR 2020); 'Bouquet n°2', Balice Hertling (Paris, FR 2019); 'Les rubans et la fleur', Villa Belleville (Paris, FR 2019); 'PAINTINGS FOR THE TEMPLE OF LOVE', Cob Gallery (London, UK 2019); 'Henry Darger Summer Camp', Extramentales (Arles, FR 2019); 'Death Yourself', Festival Do Disturb, Palais de Tokyo (Paris, FR 2018); 'Media Naranja 01', Galerie Crevecoeur (Marseille, FR 2018); and 'L’institut d’Esthétique', Palais de Tokyo (Paris, FR 2017).