Biography

Mathis starts an artwork without knowing what the end-result is going to be. He likes to question childhood characters and characters of Luxembourgish Pop-Culture. His vision is inspired by history of art and contemporary artists. His work is filled with irony. “Irony is very important for my work. Although I tend to criticise society a lot, it is not my main goal. I like to illustrate real or unreal stories”. From an aesthetic point of view, his influences come from street art and artists such as Banksy, Slinkachou and Mark Ryden. The theme is the most important aspect of his work. I need to stay focused on a character or a figure. The concept of “character” is predominant is his work. There is always a silhouette or a figure, someone or something that creates the narration in his works. If you want to tell a story, you need good (main) characters. I come up with the story after creating the characters.

 

His current work shows that Mathis is a focalisation artist as evidenced by his “Gelle Fra” series, which depicts the golden lady, probably the most iconic figure in Luxembourg. I like to divert the focus away from the statue. I like the audience to identify itself to a very specific figure. This statue has a unique feel or aura if you like. When I started working on this project, I bought a couple of figures while explaining to the clerk that I will them use for an artistic project. He was very shocked by this. The artist likes to transform iconic figures. A lot of his artworks depict this Luxembourgish symbol, which shows that our young plastic artist’s obsession with it has become his trademark, as evidenced by one of his recent exhibitions at the Kulturhuef in Grevenmacher as part of a competition launched by the Ministry of Culture. There, he developed a work around the famous remembrance monument. While exhibiting, I like to work with the place I exhibit in and the people that are there. My stories are always linked to the place, the context and the region where I exhibit.” Even though he doesn’t like to be associated to a certain genre, his work proves that an artist is a mere creator with ideas and dreams, which define him. “My biggest achievement would be to never lose my creativity and always come up with a good story.”

Mathis Toussaint’s drawings, paintings, collages, objects and sculptures deal with the triviality, irony and seriousness of life, as well as parallel dimensions. The Luxembourgish native uses iconic figures to tell stories that are rarely based in real-life. Although Toussaint is a famous painter of the Renaissance era, Mathis is an independent plastic artist with a profond desire to keep his artistic freedom… He was born in Machtum in 1983, a small town in the Moselle valley, a place that still holds a special place in his heart. After receiving his Master’s degree in Plastic Arts in Strasbourg, he taught artistic education and history of art at the Lycée Aline Mayrisch for 8 years alongside his work as an artist. He feels passionate about teaching his favourite subject to young students. To him, they have a natural creativity that they do not fully comprehend yet, something very pure and honest that will slowly come to light. The artist likes to pass on his knowledge so that his students are ready to open themselves up to art. To me, art is a means of expression that can be compared to foreign languages or writing.

To sum up his art, one might say that he uses a multidisciplinary approach in the sense that he uses drawings, sculptures, paintings or even photography. Although his original work was considered to be abstract and figurative, it has now evolved into graphic art. However, his main concern is always to tell a story to the audience, “surreal stories that invite you to dig a little deeper. I don’t want things to be too obvious. The audience needs to interpret the art in its own way, come up with its own story. Herein lies the true nature of his artistic project, which he rightfully dubbed “I tell you stories”.

Career

Studies and professional experience:

    • 2008 –  …
        • Professeur d’éducation artistique, Lycée Aline Mayrisch, Luxembourg

 

    • 2007 – 2008
        • Master 2 Arts Visuels, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg

 

    • 2006 – 2007
        • Master 1 Arts Visuels, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg

 

    • 2005 – 2006
        • Licence Arts Visuels, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg

 

    • 2003 – 2005
        • DEUG Arts Plastiques,Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg

 

    • 2003
        • Baccalauréat de fin d’études secondaires, Section Artistique, Lycée Classique d’Echternach, Luxembourg

 

  • 2016
    • Koll an Aktion Festival, Martelange-Haute
    • Cercle Munster, Luxembourg
    • Expo Cube, Kulturhuef Grevenmacher
  • 2015
    • Rotondes, Spot, Luxembourg
    • Expo Cube, Kulturhuef Grevenmacher
  • 2013
    • Wanted 2013, Kulturhuef Grevenmacher
  • 2011
    • 6. deutsch-lëtzeborger Weinhappening
  • 2009
    • Fête du Vin, Schwebsange
  • 2008
    • Expo “Aux 4 Coins”, Galerie Maison d’Osbourg, Grevenmacher
  • 2007
    • “Riesling Open”, Caves Jean-Schink-Hoffeld et Domaine Pundel-Hoffeld, Machtum
    • Ateliers Ouverts, Zone d’art, Pignon Nord, Strasbourg (F)
    • “FATZ”, Strasbourg (F)
  • 2006
    • 22. Meechtemer Waischmachen, Machtum
    • Hors d’oeuvre, Zone d’art, Pignon Nord, Strasbourg (F)
    • Festival “Out Of The Crowd”, Galerie QG Salzinsel, Esch-sur-Alzette
  • 2003
    • Exposition collective de la Section Artistique, du Lycée Classique d’Echternach

Mathias Toussaint vous invite aux portes ouvertes du 1535° à Differdange, où l’agence de communication FAME  l’a invité a exposer une sélection de dessins et d’objets dans leur nouveau bureau. Dans ce contexte il a également réalisé un grand dessin sur un mur (+/- 4 x 3 m).

Portes ouvertes 1535° 2017

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