Claude Mathey

Claude Mathey studied painting, drawing and sculpture at the Victor Hugo School and the Académie des Beaux-Artes in Paris.  It was the theater, the Paris Opera and the movies that originally called upon her creative talents as a set designer when she was a young woman.  (See her sets in the 1978 Ariane Mnouchkine movie, Molière.)  Claude dressed the stage for some of Paris’ most spectacular events and shows.  She admits it was a wonderfully creative and fulfilling job, yet tiring and taxing as well.  It was the search for a personal conversation with her audience that led this artist to first immerse herself into expression through sculpture through her studies with Parisienne sculptor René Coutelle.  Under his tutelage she was inspired to start showing her sculptures at her first individual show at the Salon de Mai in the Grand Palais in Paris.  She left the Opera to focus on art shortly after.

Mathey moved to Mexico after visiting her son who fell in love with Mexico and opened a restaurant in Zacatecas.  She has been calling Mexico home since 2005 and today her working studio is located in Guanajuato.

Claude’s sculptural works call to mind works by another French artist, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska or even Brancussi or Epstein.  Her assemblage paintings are reminiscent of Dubuffet or Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunot’s fantastical imagination.  Similarly to these artists, Mathey has intellectualized pop culture without demeaning high culture because of it.  Best of all, her found objects are the discarded objects from her journey through Mexico: matchboxes, bottle caps, tin and aluminum cans, plastic water bottles – all magically transformed into some of the most original works of art.

Currently you can find her works in numerous private collections in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Paris, New York, Berlin, Mexico City, Baltimore, Dallas, Copenhagen and Paris.