Mambo ( Flavien Demarigny )/ 1969 / Franco-Hungarian born in Santiago du Chili / Usa
Born in Chile from a Hungarian mother and a French father, Mambo is polyglot artist. He has developed a palette of expressions, rich of different languages allowing him to express his favourite subject : humanity, our mental processes, our sensations, emotions, memories and inner feelings. His work is articulated around 3 directions : minimalist portraits playing with underlying meanings, semi-abstract graphic interplays of lines and spontaneous designs (Brainology series), abstract action painting (Strokes series). His artistic universe is influenced by the graphic and colourful trends of new wave, pop culture and punk - but also by the journeys and encounters that mark his artistic career that he began in France. From the railway, lines he began to tag at the age of 15, to trips abroad (Senegal, India, Chicago) during which he collaborates with local muralists, Mambo experiments with different forms of expression. The strength of the collective is for him a source of encounters, exchanges and sharing. He was part of “La Force Alphabétique”, then joined the “9th Concept” in 1998, while exploring more freely his own imaginary in the intimacy of his studio. The Peinture Fraîche group exhibition in Beaubourg in 2007 acted as a real catalyst : the live creation in front of the audience pushed him to bring together all the aesthetic paths he had explored until then to converge them into a creative universe full of strength, humour and poetry. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
© Speerstra Gallery / Mambo - Flavien Demarigny