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Philippe MAZAUD (born in New York City, American and French) is an artist currently based in Portland, Oregon. His work involves both painting (notably in its unconventional use of dry pigments and pastel blocks) and photography (a blend of analog and digital). It positions itself, in some sense, at the interface of several domains –– pictorial and photographic, analog and digital.

Mazaud’s artistic training included a brief stint at the École des Beaux Arts (Paris) and subsequent study at the New York Studio School (painting, drawing and sculpture). Later on, he earned a PhD in mathematics (research in topology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1997).

Exhibitions - partial list (one-person shows are marked as [solo]):

2019 : Way Out Gallery (Rensselaerville, NY), Light-Touch [solo]
2017 : GAA Foundation / European Cultural Center, Venice Biennale Personal Structures exhibition, Palazzo Mora
2016 : Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA) – International Juried Exhibition (curator: Linde Lehtinen)

2014 : Artist Trust (Seattle, WA) ; Blue Sky Gallery (Portland OR), Drawers.
2011 : Galerie Hautefeuille (Paris, France), Nocturnes [solo] ; BWAC (Brooklyn, NY), Wide Open 2 ; Artist Trust (Seattle, WA)
2009 : Galerie Hautefeuille (Paris, France), Tunnel Room Series, Sur l’herbe-II [solo] ; Foley Gallery (New York, NY)
2008 : Galerie Hautefeuille (Paris), Sur l’herbe-I [solo] ; Heidi McBride Gallery (Portland, OR) [solo].
2007 : Rebecca V Gallery (Tacoma, WA) [solo].
2006 : Foley Gallery (New York, NY), Stage Light [solo] ; Paris-Photo (Paris, France) ; Scope New York. Sheppard Fine Art Gallery (University of Nevada, Reno), To Collect and preserve ; Galerie Anne Barrault (Paris, France), Vacances ; Centre d’Art Contemporain (Meymac, France), Noir c’est la vie.
2005 : Churchill Arts Center (Fallon, NV) [solo] ; Nevada Arts Council (OXS, Carson City NV) [solo] ; Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, NV), 2005 Nevada Triennial.
2004 : Galerie Anne Barrault (Paris, France) [solo].
2003 : MacNamara Gallery (University of Nevada, Reno), Night Vision [solo] ; Galerie Anne Barrault (Paris, France), Montagnes.
2002 : SF Camerawork (San Francisco, CA).

Awards & grants:

Artist Trust (WA) Fellowship, 2008/2009. NAC Jackpot grant, July 2006. Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship, 2004/2005. French Ministry grant, “Aide à la première exposition” (winter 2004). NAC Jackpot grant (fall 2003).


Cleveland Museum of Art (OH), Nevada Museum of Art (Reno, NV). Private collections in the U.S. and Europe, in particular: California, Portland (OR), Moscow (Idaho), Seattle (WA), New York, Rensselaerville (NY), Reno (NV), Paris (France), Amsterdam (Netherlands).

Press / bibliography:

Zaha Redman: Les expositions : Philippe Mazaud, La Gazette de l’Hôtel Drouot, no. 4, January 2012
Amani Olu: AIPAD Top Picks, Philippe Mazaud, Whitewall Magazine, Spring 2009.
Matt Nagle: Photographer explores dualities in Exposures , Tacoma Weekly, Nov. 1, 2007.
David Best: Spotlight on Philippe Mazaud, B &W Magazine 55 (December 2007).

Grace Glueck: Stage Light, The New York Times, January 6, 2006.
Kris Vagner: After dark, Reno News & Review, June 23, 2005.
Dominique Baqué: Mélancolies, Art Press, May 2004.
Michelle Debat: Pièces argentiques au Théatre de la nuit: Photographies de Philippe Mazaud, Exporevue Magazine, March/April 2004 (on-line

Greg Larsson: Philippe Mazaud: incertitudes nocturnes, Exporevue Magazine, March/April 2004.
Frédérique Franchette: Maisons fantômes, Série américaine de Philippe Mazaud, Libération, April 10, 2004.

Michel Guerrin: Philippe Mazaud et ses paysages nocturnes, Le Monde, March 26, 2004.

Talks / interviews:

Evergreen College (Olympia, WA), talk and slide presentation, May 5, 2009. Heidi McBride Gallery, talk and slide presentation, February, 2008. KUNR (Reno, NV) radio interview with Terry Joy, September 13, 2005. Churchil Arts Council (Fallon, NV) talk and slide presentation, August 12, 2005. Fréquence Paris Plurielle, radio interview with Benjamin Boccas, March 2004. University of Nevada Reno, talk and slide presentation, November 16, 2003.