Born in Rouen (France) in December 1981, Mathieu Questel has an atypical artistic background.
He made his debut at the “Ecole des Beaux-Arts” in Le Havre, but rapidly decided to transition to business and web design studies in the belief that he would further guarantee his professional destiny.
However, the art world caught up to him; as Mathieu has always been immersed in this universe thanks to his grandfather Jean Marc, artist / painter who taught him the basics of drawing and academic painting.
His adolescence was marked by the surge of the “Americanization” of the World in the 80s / 90s (movies, skateboarding, American Sports, etc.), which greatly influenced his way of life and his artistic environment.
Mathieu’s envy and creative spirit grew as he came of age. He started out in street art: after being introduced to graffiti, he devoted entire afternoons to embellishing the walls of disused factories, thus discovering other artists who shared the same passion for urban art.
These experiences marked his versatility and directed his professional career towards event management where he took his first steps for a famous Parisian nightclub, then towards the e-commerce sector as a graphic designer.
Wanting to express himself more artistically, he turned to digital painting. In reference to his youth, the artist then produced a series of portraits from American pop culture, in digigraphic printing, supported by the Epson company, which took him under its wings and exhibited him in various places in Paris.
His infatuation with art continued to grow with his exhibits, and Mathieu decided to abandon the digital technique and return to traditional painting which revealed a more authentic nature of his work.
Fascinated by North American culture, he transcribes through his work the Californian youth and delivers intimate portraits of his golden era.