(Mexico City, 1975)
Paul Muguet, formed at the Annecy School of Fine Arts and then at the Nîmes Superior School of Fine Arts (both in France), works above all with painting and sculpture, media that constitute the point of departure for the exploration of what he has called “the worries, the interests, the emotions that emerge in the everyday life of any person.” The references to the everyday are therefore fundamental in his work, be they to common thoughts about death, time, or dreams, or be they to the familiar objects upon which every person’s life experiences come to be imprinted.
These experiences are inscribed in material cultures whose approaches to color and design are particular, and Muguet is characterized by the reactivation of the complexity of that which culture has integrated as part of its visual normalcy. The Secuencias (2017) and Petates (2018) reproduce the color patterns of everyday Mexican products such as bags, beds, and mats, whose complexity and diversity acquire new dimensions when they are recreated as paintings. Even if there exists a shared context in which those patterns refer to specific objects, it coexists directly with a personal context, in which those very same objects stop having a shared meaning and acquire a unique one, dependent on the individual that looks at them. This connection is one of the main motifs of the artist’s research.
Muguet currently lives and works in Mexico City.