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Paul Maz

1952
Fontainebleau, France

4 Works exhibited on Kooness

Current location

Paris

Represented by

Works by Paul Maz

Clavi

2016

60 x 80 x 2cm

1100,00 €

Lily dos

2020

20 x 30 x 0.01cm

Jar

2018

65 x 100 x 2.5cm

1450,00 €

Palero

2019

100 x 100 x 2.5cm

2200,00 €

Every work of art knows things about us that we do not know about it. Paul Maz goes to meet this unknown buried in the heart of each of his creations and gives it to see by leaving free rein to any interpretation.

His inspiration comes from a memory, a glimmer, an emotion. It is carried by a poetic expression close to nature while leaving a large part to the informal. The aridity of the deserts, the celestial foam, the marine mystery or the folds of the Earth are present in a space free of any constraint. A space where lines, masses and colors settle without conformism. He plays with the limits; he gives life to an abstract landscape that he hastens to appropriate to rewrite it by answering the imperious need to make it his own territory.

Each of his paintings is the fruit of a journey whose final destination is unknown. He lets himself be seized by the moment, accompanying the autonomy of the colors. The tools - spatula, brush, sponge or knife - prolong the gesture. The work takes birth, always surprising.

A territory where one can lose oneself to imagine.

Each of Paul Maz's works is also a place, open, where one can project oneself in order to lose oneself, or to imagine, among elements that sometimes border on the same frontier, which one does not know if it separates or unites.

In these spaces where materiality and the uncertain limits of interior territories meet, the horizon is often present. Sometimes multiple.

Paul Maz was born in 1952 in Fontainebleau. Journalist, author of shows and conjurer, he works in his studio in Perreux sur Marne, near Paris.

Excerpts from an interview with Paul Maz conducted by Ben and Wilfrid from ArtEthic Galerie :

What is your background?

I started to paint in my teens, directly with oil paint, then it left me.

I had a very varied professional life; I first worked as an engineer in new technologies, then in journalism for about twenty years.

Then I came back to art in the field of entertainment. I am an author, creator and performer of shows for young audiences.

At the same time, I started painting again. For the last ten years, I have been devoting most of my time to it.

What is your artistic approach?

It is above all a journey in which I know neither the destination nor the route, I let myself be guided by the moment, I try to create while moving forward and the accidents that can occur are very often elements that enrich the work.

I try to be surprised or to surprise myself. I understand that at some point I got to where I wanted to be, even if I didn't know what I wanted. What always surprises me is that I know when a work is finished.

How do you work?

I work mainly flat on paper, paper is my territory. I adopted it a long time ago, maybe a little unconsciously, having had a long life as a print journalist. Paper came to me! Today, I use kraft paper or cardboard and sometimes Braille paper.

Then the colors take over and even the tools take over. It can be a spatula, a brush, it can also be what we call a saber but they are not necessarily traditional tools.

Then I let things come, the colors, the tools, and, always, at a given moment the miracle occurs. It takes a certain amount of time or sometimes it's immediate; it can be on an impulse or on the contrary, it can be well thought out.

What are your inspirations?

I propose works that are a form of abstract landscape. I am very marked by the horizon, there is always a horizon in my works, it is sometimes multiple; I am also marked by the border which can separate or unite.

Rather than landscapes, I prefer to speak of universes in which each one can project himself, that each one can appropriate according to his imagination.

What makes you happy or sad?

What motivates me above all is the desire, the desire to create, the desire to meet people, the desire to see life in a new light. Art, in particular pictorial art or poetry, is part of the things that animate me and make me happy. To be inspired is an extraordinary feeling because one has the impression of being carried by something that fills with joy, and one can reach heights of jubilation even if one is alone in front of his work.

What saddens me is not believing in the possibilities, in the creative power that we carry within us. Seeing people who don't believe in themselves or who think that everything is impossible is really something that makes me sad.

Member of the Taylor Foundation.

Bronze medal of the academic society Arts Sciences Lettres.

Member of the artistic collective Le Nadir.