Manuel Mathieu

Artist Statement

Haiti-born, Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist, Manuel Mathieu is known for his paintings, which investigate themes of historical violence, erasure, as well as Haitian visual cultures of physicality, nature, and religious symbolism. Marrying abstract and figurative techniques, his compositions carve out space for us to reflect on Haiti’s transformative history while inviting us to consider the different futures the act of remembering creates.


Manuel Mathieu was born in Haiti in 1986. He lives and works in Montreal. He obtained his MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London. His work has been exhibited at Galerie de l’UQAM in the exhibition Over my Black Body (2019), at the Perez Art Museum in Miami as part of The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribean Art (2019), in the exhibition Here We are Here : Black Canadian Contemporary Art, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2018) and at his solo at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London (2015). He has also participated in several contemporary art fairs, including the Armory Show (NY), ARCO (Madrid) and Art Toronto. Works by Manuel Mathieu are in collections such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée de la civilization du Québec, Hydro-Québec, the Rubell’s Family Collection and JP Morgan.