Born 1970 in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France. Lives and works in Paris and Valencia.
Mathieu Mercier’s artistic output moves back and forth in a masterly manner between the categories of art and everyday culture. Situated within the dynamic field of architecture, design, and the visual arts, it reflects upon the fundamental ideas of Western culture in the twentieth century, especially the concept of Modernism. In a permanent exchange between high and low Mercier enigmatically poses the question as to the status of objects oscillating between functionality and artistic freedom from practical utilization.
Mathieu Mercier received outstanding recognition in 2003 with the presentation of the renowned Prix Marcel Duchamp, and in 2007 – at the age of 37 – with a large retrospective exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
His works have been shown in numerous solo exhibitions and have been exhibited in leading museums around the world since the late 1990s such as Centre Pompidou and Musée d´Art moderne de la ville de Paris; Kunstmuseum St Gallen, Switzerland; Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany; Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris; Daejeon Museum of Art,Korea and Bombas Gens, Valencia among others.
His works are present in international collections such as Centre Pompidou, Paris; Bombas Gens, Valencia; Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Fondation Ricard, Paris, MAMCO, Geneva, among others.