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Miguel Chevalier
Miguel Chevalier

Biographie résumée

Born in 1959 in Mexico City. Resides in Paris, France since 1985.

Since 1978, Chevalier has focused exclusively on computers as an artistic means of expression. He quickly secured a spot on the international scene as a pioneer of virtual and digital art. Miguel Chevalier continues to be a trailblazer, and has proven himself to be one of the most significant artists on the contemporary scene.

Miguel Chevalier's oeuvre is experimental and multidisciplinary. Taking references from the history of art and reformulating them using computer tools, his works investigate and explore recurrent themes such as nature and artifice, flows and networks, virtual cities and ornate designs. His images are a rich source of insights into ourselves and our relationship with the world.

Since the 1980s, Miguel Chevalier began tackling the question of the hybrid, generative and interactive image. He has created many projects variously incorporating generative and interactive virtual reality installations projected on large scale, shown on Leds screen or LCD screen, sculptures created with a 3D printer or with laser cut, holographic imagery and other forms.

Miguel Chevalier has produced exhibitions and installations for museums, art centers, galleries and public spaces around the world. He has been awarded a number of architecturally- based commissions.

Miguel Chevalier's digital works are in constant metamorphosis, plunging us into a magical, poetic and very contemporary universe.

 

EDUCATION

1983 Degrees in fine art and archaeology, Université de Paris La Sorbonne (FRA)
1983 Graduate of Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (FRA)
1983 Degree in visual arts, Université de Paris Saint Charles (FRA)
1981 Graduate of Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (FRA)

 

Grants and Residences

2004 Artist-in-Residence, Riad Denise Masson, Marrakech (MAR)
1993-94 Artist-in-Residence, Villa Kujoyama, Kyoto (jpn)
1991 Artist-in-Residence, Casa Velazquez, Madrid (spa) (SPA)
1991 Workshop Coordinator, Museo Internacional de Electrografia, Cuenca (spa)
1989 Fellowship, Musashino University, Toyko (jpn)
1988 Fellowship, Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques de Paris – Founder: Pontus Hulten, Paris (fra)
1984 Visiting Artist, School of Visual Arts of New York (usa)
1983 Visiting Artist, Pratt Institute, New York (usa)

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (Selection)

2016
Voûtes Célestes, Nuit Blanche, Saint-Eustache Church, Paris (FRA)
Onde Pixel - Lo Sguardo di... Miguel Chevalier, UniCredit Pavilion, Milano (ITA)
Magic Carpets, IF: Milton Keynes International Festival, Middleton Hall, centre:mk, Milton Keynes (UK)
Mosaïque de Pixels, Yia Art Fair with Keza Gallery, Brussels (BEL)
Power Pixels, LMS Gallery, Brussels (BEL)
Complex Meshes, Origin of World and Pixels Wave, Lumiere London 2016, Piccadilly Circus, London (UK)
2015
Voxels Light, Saint-Eustache Church, Paris (FRA)
Complex Meshes, Lumiere Festival, Durham Cathédral, Durham (UK)
Dear World… Yours, Cambridge, King's College Chapel, Cambridge (UK)
Yia Art Fair #05, solo show avec la Galerie Keza, Carreau du Temple, Paris (FRA)
Méta-Territoires, Galerie Fernand Léger, Ivry-sur-Seine (FRA)
Vortex, Lélia Mordoch Gallery, Paris (FRA)
Paradis Artificiels, Domaine départemental de la Roche Jagu, Ploëzal (FRA)
Pixels Wave, National Design Centre, Singapore Night Festival, Singapore (SNG)
Pixels Wave, Malta Arts Festival, Malta
Fractal Fowers and Liquid Pixels, Heart Ibiza (SPA)
Paradis Artificiels, Domaine de La Roche Jagu, Ploezal (FRA)
La Ola del Cine, Teatro Nacional facade, Festival Internacional de Cine, Panamá City, Panamá (PAN)
Digital Arabesques, Cultural Season France-Morocco 2015, 4 installations with 4 French Institutes in Morocco : Derb Lâalouj in Essaouira ; Dar Benjelloun in Tétouan ; French Institute in Agadir; Dar Batha in Fès (MAR)
2014
Digital Paradise, The Space, Puerta Roja Gallery, Hong Kong
Tapis Magiques, Heritage Days, Church of Sacré Coeur, Casablanca (MAR)
Mémoire et Mutations, a-part Festival, Baux-de-Provence's ramparts (FRA)
Power Pixels, Fundació Stämpfli, Sitges (SPA)
Paradis Artificiels, Museum of Modern Art, Céret (FRA)
Power Pixels, Utsikten Kunstsenter, Kvinesdal (NOR)
2013
El Origen del mundo, Filux, Festival Internacional de las Luces México, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico (MEX)
Power Pixels, Centre des arts, Enghien-les-Bains (FRA)
Pixels Power, Gallery MiniMasterpiece, Paris (FRA)
Power Pixels (cat.), Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh (USA)
Fractal Flowers, Château de la Cité de Carcassonne (FRA)
Power Pixels (cat.), Pile Pont Expo, Saint-Gervais les Bains (FRA)
2012
Power Pixels, a-part Festival, Carrières de Lumières, Baux-de-Provence (FRA)
Power Pixels, Espace d’art contemporain André Malraux, Colmar (FRA)
La Vague des Pixels, Mai Numérique Festival, Cité de Carcassonne (FRA)
Rosaces Digitales, Chemins d'art en Armagnac Festival, Aurens Church, Castelnau-sur-Auvignon (FRA)
2011
Digital Arabesques, Abu Dhabi East Plaza Corniche, with French Alliance, Abu Dhabi (AED)
Pixels Snow, Forum des Halles, Paris (FRA)
Power Pixels, Oi Futuro Foundation, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
Power Pixels, Gallery Priveekollektie, AT Heusden (NLD)
2010
De la nature symbolique aux jardins virtuels, Musée Maurice Denis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye (FRA)
Fractal Flowers in vitro, Sanat Limani, Istanbul (Tur)
Pixels Power, Gallerye Antonio Prates, Lisbon (POR)
Terra Incognita, Mis (Museu da Imagem e do Som), Sao Paulo (BRE)
Fractal Flowers Cave, Mas de la Pyramide quarry, Saint-Remy-de-Provence (FRA)
Fractal Flowers, Tri Postal, Lille (FRA)
Pixels Snow, Grand Bornand (FRA)
2009
Pixels Snow, Tracks of the Gettiers, Grand Bornand (FRA)
Power Pixels, Georges Verney-Carron Gallery, Lyon (fra)
Fractal Flowers in vitro, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris (FRA)
Fractal Flowers, Galeria Subway station, Brasilia (BRA)
Segunda Natureza, Espaço Marcantônio Vilaça, Brasilia (BRA)
Fractal Flowers, iMAL, Center for Digital Cultures and Technology, Brussels (BEL)
2008
Fractal Flowers, Gallery Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris (FRA)
Liquid Pixels, Loft 19, Paris (FRA)
Fractal Flowers in vitro, installation in front of the Town Hall of the Fourth District of Paris (FRA)
Fractal Flowers, Public Church of Enghien-les-Bains, Enghien-les-Bains (FRA)
Fractal Flowers, Designer’s Day, Boffi Bains Paris, Paris (FRA)
2007
Ultra-Nature, Techfest Mumbai, Mumbai (IND)
Crossborders 2007, Metz railway station, Luxembourg & greater region, European capital of culture (FRA)
Sur-Natures, giant projection on the frontage of LCL 55, avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris (FRA)
Paradis Artificiel / Sur-Natures 2007, Gallery of Galeries Lafayette, Paris (FRA)
2006
Digital Arabesques, In Palais Ksar Char Bagh, Marrakech (MAR)
Ultra-Nature, Gallery Sejul, Seoul (KOR)
RGB Land, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh (USA)
Supra-Natura, Festival Luzboa, giant projection on the frontage of Museo do Chiado, Luzboa (POR)
2005
Supra-Natura, Alliance Française, Buenos Aires (ARG)
Intersecting Networks, Kunstverket Gallery in Oslo, (NOR)
Sur-Natures in vitro, children’s gallery of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FRA)
Livre de la vie, Biel expo, Beyrouth (LBN)
2004
Métacités (cat.), Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris (FRA)
Ultra-Nature, interactive installation developed for a metro station in Oslo, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (NOR)
2003
La Croisée des Réseaux, Bourse de Commerce as part of the Nuit Blanche, Paris (FRA)
Tisser les réseaux, Cité Internationale de Lyon (FRA)
2002
Metapolis (CD-Rom.), Museo de arte contemporaneo, Monterrey (MEX)
2000
Périphérie, video installation, MAMCO, Geneva (SWZ)
Digital World, Espace Paul Ricard, Paris (FRA)
1999
Mémoires & Mutations, Centre d’art contemporain La Fabrika, Beirut (LBN)
1998
Périphérie, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris (FRA)
1996
Oro negro (cat.), Museo de arte Alvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil, Mexico (MEX)
Massivement parallèle, Institut Français, Stuttgart (GER)
Périphérie, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris (FRA)
1994
Oro negro (cat.), Museo de Arte Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (COL)
Contre nature, Villa Kujoyama, Kyoto (JPN)
1992
Performances, Albertville Winter Olympic Games (FRA)
Performances—digital video installation on four giant screens, Barcelona Summer Olympic Games (SPA)
Oro negro (cat.), Museo de artes visuales Alejandro Otero, Caracas (VEN)
1989
Interconnexion, Galerie Jade, Frankfurt International Art Fair, Frankfurt (GER)
1987
Baroque & Classique, Granit Centre d’art contemporain, Belfort (FRA)

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selection)

2016
Impression 3d, L’usine du futur, Lieu du Design, Paris (FRA)
Intangible Space - Miguel Chevalier et Laurent Martin “Lo”, Puerta Roja Gallery, Hong Kong, (HKG)
Les lumières de la ville, Mordoch Gallery, Paris (FRA)
2015
2050 – a brief history of the future, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels (BEL)
Bonjour la France, Goyang AramNuri Arts Center, Goyang (KOR)
Bonjour la France, Seongnam Arts Center, Seongnam City (KOR)
Archi-Sculpture, Villa Datris, Isle-sur-le-Sorgue (FRA)
Art Paris Art Fair, with Lélia Mordoch Gallery (Paris), Grand Palais, Paris (FRA)
Art Central Art Fair, with Galerie Puerta Roja Gallery (Hong Kong), Hong Kong
L'Origine du Monde, iNuit, Visages du Monde, Cergy (FRA)
2014
Digital Arabesques, Islamic Art Festival, Al Majaz waterfront, Sharjah (EAU)
Magic Carpets, Festival Internazionale di Andria Castel dei Mondi, Castel del Monte, Andria (ITA)
Metamorphosis of the Virtual, K11 Art Foundation, Shanghai (CHN)
Autres Natures, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (FRA)
L'Origine du Monde, projection on Grand Palais' facade, Art Paris Art Fair, Paris (FRA). Courtesy Louise Alexander Gallery.
Unpainted, media art fair, with Louise Alexander Gallery, Postpalast Munich (GER)
2013
The Metamorphoses of the Virtual (cat.), Officina delle Zattere, Venice (ITA)
Art Paris Art Fair, Gallery Louise Alexander (Porto Cervo) and Gallery Sem-Art (Monaco), Grand Palais, Paris (FRA)
PAD Paris (cat.), Gallery Priveekollektie (Heusden aan de Maas), Jardin des Tuileries, Paris (FRA)
Retrospective Auguste Herbin, Musée d’art Moderne, Céret (FRA)
Turbulences II (cat.), Fondation Boghossian – Villa Empain, Brussels (BEL)
2012
Retrospective Auguste Herbin, Musée départemental Matisse, Cateau Cambrésis (FRA)
Turbulences, Espace culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (FRA)
Mouvement et lumière, Villa Datris, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (FRA)
PAD Paris, with Priveekollektie Gallery, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris (FRA)
Picasso to Koons: Artist as Jeweler (cat.), Benaki Museum, Athènes (GRC)
2011
Art Miami, with Priveekollektie Gallery (NLD), Miami (USA)
La Novela Festival, Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse (FRA)
Ap'Art Festival, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (FRA)
Amicalement vôtre - Joël Ducorroy, Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris (FRA)
Drawing Now Paris l Suite..., Paris (FRA)
Passagen, Interior Design Week Koln, Design Quartier Ehrenfeld, Cologne (GER)
2010
Living Codes, PaciArte contemporary, Brescia (ITA)
A Light Odyssey, Galerie Messine, Paris (FRA)
Le grand Pari(s) de l'art contemporain, Abbaye de Maubuisson, Saint-Ouen-l'Aumône (FRA)
Digital Nights, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Manimal, Musée d'art contemporain d'Herzliya, Herzliya (IL)
Historical present and future, Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design, Heusden aan de Maas (Netherlands)
Géométrie hors limites. Collection Jean et Colette Cherqui, Maison de l'Amérique Latine, Paris (FRA)
2009
Dialogue avec les collections #2 – paysage/vidéo, Musée d’Art, Toulon (FRA)
Inside, art and science, Cordoaria, Lisbonne (POR)
Herbarius 2059, Salon international du livre Ancien, Grand Palais, Paris (FRA)
On a marché sur la terre, Centre d'art de l’Yonne, Commun du château de Tanlay (FRA)
2008
La Poste inspire les artistes, L’envolée du courrier, Musée de la Poste, Paris (FRA)
Pixels Liquides, Festival des Bains Numériques # 3, Centre des arts d’Enghien-les-Bains (FRA)
Ultra-Natures, Emoção Art.ficial 4.0, Centro Cultural Itaú, São Paulo (BRA)
2007
Ultra-Nature, Glow Festival: forum of light in art and architecture, Eindhoven (NLD)
2006
Art and playing – Funsters (cat.), Seoul Arts Center, Seoul (KOR)
2005
1er contact (cat.), Le Cube, Ville d’Issy-les-Moulineaux, (FRA)
Gallery Suzanne Tarasiève, FIAC 2005, Paris (FRA)
Digital Paradise (cat.), Daejeon Museum of Art Gallery, Daejeon (KOR)
ElectoScape (cat.), curator Wonil Rhee Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (CHN)
2003
Space Art (cat.), exhibition arranged as part of the Outsiders 2003 festival of digital art, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (FRA)
2000
Les 100 sourires de Mona Lisa (cat.), Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo (JPN)
Aller-Retour, 2000, Kwangju International Biennale (KOR)
L’invention du monde, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FRA)
1999
L’Estampe en France (cat.), Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, Washington (USA)
Virtuel Réel, Espace Paul Ricard, Paris (FRA)
1997
Magie der zahl (cat.), Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (GER)
1996
La Ville moderne en Europe 1870-1996, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (JPN)
Vision Quest 1996, Beijing International Center, Beijing (CHN)
1994
La Ville (cat.), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FRA)
Logo and non logo (cat.), Thread Waxing Space Gallery, New York (USA)
1993
Procédures, École nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris (FRA)
Excess in the Techno-mediacratic Society (cat.), Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California (USA)
Compkuenstlerg (cat.), Computerunterstützte Kunst, Künstlerwerkstatt, Munich (GER)
1992
Variaciones en Gris (cat.), Centro Cultural de la Villa, Madrid (SPA)
Olimpicos 92 (cat.), Palau Moya, Barcelona (SPA)
1990
Art & publicité 1890-1990, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FRA)
1988
Ateliers 88, ARC Musée d’art moderne de la Ville, Paris (FRA)
1986
Trans-culture, Exit art gallery, New York (USA)

 

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNS—PUBLIC COMMISSIONS (Selection)

2015
Les Métamorphoses, Les Fauvettes cinema, Paris (FRA). Architect: Françoise Raynaud, Loci Anima Agency
2012
Pixels Crossing, Forum des Halles, Paris (FRA)
2011
Pixels Op'art, facade of the building, Colmar (FRA)
Fractal Flowers,2 screens, Restaurant Stay, Beirut (LBN),with the architects Moatti et Rivière
2010
Seconde Nature, Arvieux Square, Marseille (FRA), with Charles Bové, designer
2008
Fractal Flowers, Bank of the Cheonggyecheon River, Seoul, (KOR)
2007
Pixels Crossing, with Grimaud & Israël agency, Hospital Trousseau, Paris (FRA)
Ribbon of life, with the designer Arik Levy, Emmanuel Mâa Berriet (logiciel) et Music2eye (logiciel), for the steamer Liberty of the Sea of RCCL (USA)
2006
Mosaïque Unicef, Hall of the head office of the UNICEF in New York (USA)
2000
Living Networks, Palais des Congrès de Paris, Paris (FRA), Architect: Christian de Portzamparc
Mise en réseaux, Ecole Moskowa, Paris (FRA) with Frédéric Borel, architect
1999
La baie des anges, Hôtel Windsor, Nice (FRA)
1992
Massivement parallèle, Centre des impôts, Marseille (FRA), architect: Claude Vasconi

 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS (Selection)

Musée d'art moderne de la Ville, Paris (FRA)
Bibliothèque nationale, Paris (FRA)
Fond national d'art contemporain, Puteaux ( FRA )
Musée d’art et d’histoire, Belfort (FRA)
Musée des années 30, Boulogne-Billancourt (FRA)
Centre d'art contemporain, Brétigny-sur-Orge (FRA)
MAC/VAL, musée d'art contemporain du Val de Marne, Vitry sur Seine (FRA)
FDAC Val-de-Marne, Créteil (FRA)
Fondation Nina Ricci, Paris (FRA)
Museo internacional de electrografia, Cuenca (ESP)
Fundación arte y tecnologia Telefonica de España, Madrid (ESP)
Museo de arte Alvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil, Mexico (MEX)
Museo de artes visuales Alejandro Otero, Caracas (VEN)
Museo de bellas artes, Maracaibo (VEN)
Royal Caribbean Cruce line, Miami (USA)
Centre Culturel Itau, São Paulo (BRA)
Musée de la poste, Paris (FRA)
Digital Art International (FRA)
Clément Foundation, Martinique

 

MONOGRAPHS (Selection)

2015  
One Bit Book, catalog of the exhibition « Vortex », Gallery Lélia Mordoch, Paris (FRA). Preface by Lélia Mordoch. Text by Elisabeth Couturier.
2013  
Power Pixels, catalog of the exhibition « Pixels Power », Centre des arts, Enghien-les-Bains. Texts by Serge Fauchereau and David Rosenberg
2011
Pixels Power, catalog of the exhibition « Pixels Power » Oi Futuro Foundation, Rio de Janeiro (BRE). Texts by Serge Fauchereau and Vincent Huguet
2010
Pixels Power, catalog of the exhibition « Pixels Power » Gallery Antonio Prates, Lisbon (POR). Text by Miguel Matos
2009
Segunda Natureza 2009, catalog of the exhibition « Segunda Natureza », Espaço Marcantônio Vilaça, Brasilia (BRA). Interview by Suzete Venturelli
Herbarius 2059, Ed. Rhinocéros, Paris (FRA)
Fractal Flowers 2009, catalog of the exhibition « Fractal Flowers », Centre d’art Imal, Brussels (BE). essays by Pierre-Yves Desaive and Cemren Altan
2008
Miguel Chevalier, 2000/2008, essay by Mario Costa, Edmond Couchot, Gunnar B. Kvaran, Ariella Masboungi, Mohamed Rachdi, Monografik Editions, Blou (fra)
2007
Seconde nature, interview by Henri-François Debailleux, Ed. Mairie de Trelazé (FRA)
2005
Arabesques Numériques, text by Manuela de Barros, Ed. Institut Français de Marrakech, Marrakech (ma)
2004
Paradis artificiels, essay by Françoise Gaillard, Galerie Municipale de Vitry-sur-Seine (fra)
2001
Autres Natures, Norbert Hillaire, Centre d’Art Moderne Espace Mira Phalaina, Maison Populaire, Montreuil (fra)
2000
Miguel Chevalier, preface by Pierre Restany, essay by Laurence Bertrand Dorléac, interview with Patrick Imbard, Flammarion, Paris (fra)
Miguel Chevalier, Interactive CD-Rom, 1000 copies, text by Christine Buci-Glucksman, Paris (fra)
1996
Miguel Chevalier: Oro negro, Gerardo Estrada, Jorge Juanes and Elias Levin Rojo, Museo de arte Alvar y Carmen T. de Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (mex)
Otra natura, Jorge Morales, Centro nacional de las artes – Centro multimedia, Mexico (mex)
1994
Miguel Chevalier. Oro negro, José Hernan Aguilar, Museo de arte universidad nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (col)
1993
Oro negro, Jorge Luis Gutiérrez, Museo de artes visuales Alejandro Otero, Caracas (ven)
1992
De l’analogique au numérique, Rosanna Albertini, Musée d’art et d’histoire, Belfort (fra)
1991
Marine, Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts, Nantes (fra)
Œnologie, Eric Audinet and Ginger Danto, Horizons Chimériques, Paris (fra)
1990
Miguel Chevalier. Interconnexion, Patrick Imbard and Alain Renaud, Centre d’art contemporain La Base, Levallois-Perret (fra)
Anthropométrie, Vittorio Fagone, Galleria Vivita 2, Florence (ita)
1989
Mosaïques, Centre d’art contemporain de Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge (fra)
Révolution. De la peinture au numérique, Pierre Restany and Laurence Bertrand Dorléac, Centre d’art contemporain de Basse-Normandie, Hérouville St-Clair (fra)
1987
Miguel Chevalier. Images nouvelles, interview with Jérôme Sans, Editions Granit – Centre d’art contemporain, Belfort (fra)