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Michel Monteaux

1963 Paris, France

11 Works exhibited

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bibliography
  • Awards

« End of 1979, then assistant director for the cinema, Michel Monteaux leaves France and begins a career as a professional photographer in Los Angeles. Eight years later, he moves to New Mexico, in the High Desert in Santa Fe. If he continues still life in the studio, he extends his work to portrait and reportage. During these 6 years that he lives close to the Native Americans, embracing their culture. He gets involved in a fight against their precarious situation and also leads – alongside other citizens but also personalities such as Robert Redford – a fight against the WIPP site, the gigantic project of landfill of nuclear waste in southern New Mexico. In the mid-1990s, he returnes to France and works for the press (Liberation, Marie-Claire, La Vie, Le Monde, Géo…) Cultural institutions.
He also persues a personal body of work which questions our place in the environment and our relationship to different forms of reality

It was « on the job » that he discovered drawing. Encouraged by the positive look of his entourage and his artist friends, he comes to share his work more widely. In 2017, he will not only be showing photographs but also drawings and inks
Michel Monteaux tirelessly seeks to share what he feels about the upheavals of the geopolitical world, of a society launched today in a frantic race when our environment tells us to slow down and think about the world we want to transform… It is obvious that anyone who is interested in his work will notice it. It is not only guided by aesthetic research. It is imbued with what the photographer and artist is, what he feels, his relationship with others, the environment, society, the world around him … »  Pierre Evrard

“Whether he photographs rocks, waste, or a butterfly, Michel Monteaux strives to reveal a process of unity, and to follow a set of metamorphoses… Everything is therefore flow, presence, weaving, the elements live together, in a general equilibrium where the singularity of each one is consonant with the whole of a composition which accords them intimately. 

 The choice of the polaroid for certain images allows to have from the same shot, two images with different rendering. The print on the polaroid is quite close to visible reality. The negative of the snapshot reveals a very different and flexible aspect of the image. So at the same moment the material captures the same subject in two distinct and random ways. 

 « I question the links mysteriously uniting beings with their environment, near or far, and the symbolic orders bringing them together. « … the artist raises considerable hope: what if until now we had understood almost nothing of our inscription in the world, of what makes the ten thousand beings appear and move?  » 

Michel Monteaux thus attempts to constitute a harmonious set of « images » outside well-defined categories, offering a more important place to the mystery than to the subject.”

Fabien Ribery

2020
LasGalerie : Matters Matter

2019
Instituts hongrois de Paris, Budapest, Rome : Hommage au Bahaus
Galerie Frédéric Moisan : Collective show at the gallery – Art Paris Fair

2018
Galerie Marie Robin : Polaroids et Bonsais
Salon International de la Photo de Riedisheim : Gandhi Express

2017
Galerie Frederic Moisan, Paris : Dessins , encres, photographie
Abbaye Royale de Saint-Riquier, Centre Culturel de Rencontre : La Route du Lin

2015  ─  Abbaye Royale de Saint-Riquier, Centre Culturel de Rencontre : Au bord du Monde
2014  ─  Abbaye Royale de Saint-Riquier, Centre Culturel de Rencontre : Vertiges
2012  ─  Shanghai International Art Photography Festival : Shanghai, In mutation
2011  ─  Mois de l’Image à Dieppe, France : Portraits de Famille Imposée
2010  ─  Mois du Graphisme à Échirolles, France : USA Blues
2009  ─  Promenades Photographiques de Vendôme, France : Gandhi Express
2005  ─  Rencontres Internationales de Lurs, France : 110 Images
2004  ─  Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, France : RTE
2003  ─  Centre Beaubourg, Paris, France : Les 50 ans du livre de Poche
1991  ─  Governor’s Gallery, Santa Fe, USA : The Mini Show
1988  ─  College of Santa Fe Fine Arts Gallery, USA : Selection 88

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Agadir, ville impassible  ─  Editions Azigzao, Maroc- Hassan Wabhi
Vertiges  ─  Terre Bleue Éditions, France
Gandhi Express  ─  Buchet-Chastel, France – Fabrice Gaignault
Southwestern Indian Jewelry  ─  Abbeville Press, USA – Dexter Cerrillo
The Spirit of Palestine  ─  The Noble Heritage Foundation, UK – Essays
The Art of Ojime  ─  Abrams, USA – Robert Kinsey
The Spirit of Folk Art  ─  Abrams, USA – Henry Glassy
Behind the Mask in Mexico  ─  Abrams, USA – Janet Brody Esser

PRESS

Marie-Claire, Elle, Libération, Lire, La Vie, W Magazine, VanityFair, Le Monde, Géo, Spiegel…

INTERNATIONAL STORIES

Kosovo, Nicaragua, Mexico, Israël, Palestine, Libanon, Nothern ireland, United States, Zambia, India, Liberia, Tunisia, Bulgaria, China, Albania…

INSTITUTIONNAL

Alstom Transport, Alstom Power, Arcelor-Mittal, Lafarge, RTE, St Gobain, Hachette, Total…
Lens Art Photography 2015  ─  Special mention
Hasselblad Masters 2010  ─  Finalist, catégory : EDITORIAL

https://www.francetvinfo.fr/culture/arts-expos/photographie/les-photos-de-michel-monteaux-donnent-le-gout-du-vertige_3385269.html
Agadir, ville impassible  ─  Editions Azigzao, Maroc- Hassan Wabhi
Vertiges  ─  Terre Bleue Éditions, France
Gandhi Express  ─  Buchet-Chastel, France – Fabrice Gaignault
Southwestern Indian Jewelry  ─  Abbeville Press, USA – Dexter Cerrillo
The Spirit of Palestine  ─  The Noble Heritage Foundation, UK – Essays
The Art of Ojime  ─  Abrams, USA – Robert Kinsey
The Spirit of Folk Art  ─  Abrams, USA – Henry Glassy
Behind the Mask in Mexico  ─  Abrams, USA – Janet Brody Esser

Lens Art Photography 2015  ─  Special mention
Hasselblad Masters 2010  ─  Finalist, catégory : EDITORIAL

Works by Michel Monteaux

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2021

150 x 170 x 4 cm

5200,00 €

2020

80 x 120 cm

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2020

80 x 120 cm

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2020

48 x 100 cm

2500,00 €

2020

66 x 92 cm

1900,00 €

2019

41 x 53 cm

1400,00 €

2020

90 x 120 cm

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2020

66 x 92 cm

1900,00 €

2019

66 x 92 cm

1900,00 €

2020

100 x 100 cm

2500,00 €

2020

100 x 100 cm

2500,00 €

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