Mathieu Paul Gabriel graduated top of his class in 2005 from the prestigious school “Les Gobelins”, and more precisely, from the “photography/photoshoot” section.
Fascinated, as a child, by the TV programs of the 80’s, he soon discovered the first Japanese cartoons that were broadcasted in France. He then started playing video games and got to know their pixel-made heroes, and “Star Wars”, “ Back to the future”, “Ghostbusters” or even “Indiana Jones” quickly became his favourite movies. This large heritage has had, of course, a real and long-lasting impact on Mathieu’s imagination.
The few stolen glances at pictures he saw in his elder brother’s books, such as “Strange”, increased his curiosity for comics, and more precisely for the American ones (with their lot of masked vigilantes in colorful spandex suits and flamboyant super-villains), that he particularly liked drawing.
The arrival of the VHS cassette, and the time Mathieu spent wandering in the video stores, largely contributed to his culture of what we can call the “pop culture”, and raised his interest for science-fiction & fantasy films, which eventually determined a large part of the visual identity of his work.
Despite his special skill for drawing, he opted for a scientific cursus in school, but continued his artistic activities by attending art classes. It’s there that he discovered photography, but also classical painting and more precisely the art of italian painters of the Renaissance, which will truly influence Mathieu’s work on portraits.