WHO: Guy Matchoro, is an autodidact artist. He lives and works in Nevers, France, where he has installed his studio since 2013. After a creative process nourished and fuelled with encounters and artistic collaborations, in particular in Kyoto, Japan, where he lived for a time, he focuses its studies towards a pictorial approach based and thought from a materiality of painting.
WHAT: I began the past years a pictorial practice fully based and thought from what was strictly physical and material in painting. I have always been fascinated by the materiality of painting by its tactile side - its tactility and how this affinity should be able to finally transmit feelings and ideas which could be very very abstract. My relationship to painting is not any more in term of capture of the real-world. It is the picture in itself which is reality. What is the reality ? It's the reality of the act to paint which comes to appear there. I any more will not seek something elsewhere to nourish it or to justify it.
WHERE: I placed myself by the teachings that I have learned from painters, books, museums, exhibitions, writings, but even more by traveling around the world... And the development of the practice in this line, while on the move, or working in the studio, in front of that tradition of the abstraction not like a stylistic choice but rather like a way of placing itself with respect vis-à-vis the Real.
WHEN: My «job» as a painter is made up of moments. A series of moments of truth which represent actually the taking risk of the artist. The moment of truth is “of truth” when it irreversibly fixes something on which you cannot return: One moment that you cannot play again. If time is closed implacably with our incapacity to be able to play again, in the same time, it opens us to an infinite depth with freedom to produce the new one. Painting confirms what time affirms while making use as much of the daily life that moments of truth which are works of art. A time when nostalgia under the influence of memory leaves place and gives life to the merry assent of the incipient future.
WHY: I always thought that the abstraction appeared more close to reality, in any case reality such as we live it today who is a real fragmented and popularized through the media completion… And vis-a-vis this reality and this circulation of the images, it seems to me that the most important and strong in painting doesn't appear in this circulation of the images, this tactility, this physical presence which has a report as well on the scale as with the opticality of painting.
HOW: Painting requires a specific experiment where the process is an act of contemplation and meditation..The artist is nourished of the whole history of art and the pictures are nourished by painting which falls under a concept of historical continuity of Painting where the personal history of the artist intervenes… But it would also perhaps contain a great deal of feeling and sentiment.
"Art is always more abstract than we can imagine. Form and color talk about form and color, it all ends there". Oscar Wilde
"In art, as painting, as music, the question is not to reproduce or invent forms but to collect forces. Hence, no art is figurative. The famous statement of KLEE “not to render the visible , but to make it visible” does not mean anything else. The objective of painting is defined as an attempt to make visible things that are not.”
G. Deleuze, F. Bacon : Logic of the sensation.
Guy Matchoro, is an autodidact artist. lives and works in Nevers, Burgundy, where he has installed his studio since 2013.
He has practiced alternately or simultaneously a number of aesthetics of contemporary art, from realism to abstraction. After a creative process nourished and fuelled with encounters and artistic collaborations, in particular in Kyoto, Japan, where he lived for a time, he focuses his studies towards a pictorial approach based and thought from a materiality of painting.
2019. Museum G. du Coudray France
2018. Outreloire Gallery France
2017 Le Petit Magasin, France
2016 La GALERIE, Lyon France
2014 Griffin Gallery, London, UK Saatchi top 10 finalist
------ ARKO Gallery France
2012 New Angles Gallery Paris
2010 Cities of solidarity, Villepreux.
2009 XXVe Autumn Fair, Igny. (special guest)
2004 Bertin Poirée space. Paris
2000 Duplex, Paris.
1999 re gallery,Paris.
1997 Espace Pluriels, Paris.
Doki doki gallery, Kyoto
1995 Maïté Béjar gal Cordoba, Espagne.
2016 L'Arrosoir event France
2015 A. Grasset Museum, France
- - - - Artist Gallery, France
- - - - Belle de N, France
2014 Griffin Gallery, London, UK.
Castel of Forgeneuve, France.
2007 University Paris X-Nanterre
1999 Gallery Minimes, Paris.
1997 Document’art, Kyoto, Japan
- - - - Autumn Fair, France.
- - - - House of Japan, Paris.
1996 Z&A Kyoto, Japan.
Maronniers gallery, Japan.