Marlène Mocquet / international

Marlène Mocquet is a contemporary painter and sculptor, currently residents and works in Paris. Her chimerical artworks portray enigmatic worlds full of quirky, animated characters.


“Marlène Mocquet’s chimerical paintings and sculptures portray fantastic worlds full of quirky, animated characters. Her surreal creations are characterized by the mixture of unusual mediums, including hair glue, melted wax, sequins and fishing lures. More conventional materials, such as oil and acrylic paints, are incorporated to create these mixed-media artworks.

Her artworks focus on forging relationships with her abstract components to create complex environments that feed off the energy of their inhabitants. Despite the spontaneous nature of her work, recurring images such as food, animals, monstrous and hybrid creatures, and wide-eyed, humanlike figures are found throughout her work and help to connect her singular pieces.”

“The Chimerical Paintings and Sculptures of Marlène Mocquet”, HI-FRUCTOSE (the new contemporary art magazine)

 “Mocquet’s work is perpetually in flux. Material and energy run through every facet of her paintings and sculptures. All is excitement, fright, pleasure, preciosity, allegory, balance, imbalance, construction and deconstruction. These divergent effects and strategies are synchronic, such that the work is at once contradictory and discordant, and coherent, its tensions methodically controlled.”

Alain Berland (Curator)


Marlène Mocquet was born in Maison-Alfort, France in 1979, graduated with honors from the National School of Fine Arts in Plastic Arts. (École Normale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts). She is a contemporary painter and sculptor, currently residents and works in Paris.

Marlène Mocquet expresses her inner world by her artworks with splashing, dripping, staining colors. An enigmatic and universe, including unusual human figures, miraculous animals, chimeric monsters, anthropomorphic objects, take birth in her canvases and her paintings read like an allegorical story. All the works contain a delicate balance and imbalance, construction and deconstruction, spontaneity and precision, horror and pleasure. The curator Alain Berland once wrote, “Mocquet’s work are contradictory, discordant, but coherent, its tensions are methodically controlled.”

Since her first solo exhibitions in 2007 at Freight + Volume in New York and Galerie Alain Gutharc in Paris, Marlène Mocquet has hosted several solo and joint exhibitions in France and abroad. Her artwork has been collected in the Contemporary Art Museum in Lyon, the Municipal Fund for Contemporary Art of Gennevilliers Town Hall, the Municipal Fund for Contemporary Art of Sables d’Olonne Town Hall, Francois Pinault Collection and Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres. Marlène Mocquet and her artworks have featured in several articles, such as L’Oeil, La Revue de la Céramique et du Verre, La Montagne, Libération, ELLE, The New York Times and so on.


Solo Exhibitions

Fleuve, Galerie de la Béraudière, Brussels
En plein coeur, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris

Graviter, The Armory Show, New York

Corrélation, Docks Art Fair, stand Galerie Laurent Godin, Lyon

Galerie Laurent Godin – Paris

Maison des arts de Malakoff, France, commissariat Henri-François Debailleux

Project room, Haunch of Venison, New York
Musée de l’Abbaye de Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d’Olonne, France
FEAST Arts Projects Gallery, Hong kong
Drawing Now, Carrousel du Louvre, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, France

Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris
Vienna Artfair, Vienna, Austria

Jeux de dames – Marlène Mocquet – Jeanne Susplugas, Château de Jau, Cases-de-Pène
Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon

Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris
La Galerie Edouard Manet / Ecole municipale des Beaux-arts, Genevilliers

Freight + Volume Gallery, New York
Lieu d’Art Contemporain Aponia, Villiers sur Marne
Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris

Joint Exhibitions

Dionysos et les autres (26/01/19 – 23/02/19), Galerie Christophe Gaillard (Paris)

100%, Christmas show (15/12/18 – 12/01/19), Galerie des Multiples (Paris)
Les sables mouvants, Carte blanche à l’artiste Karine Rougier (12/10/18 – 01/12/18), Espace à vendre, (Nice)
Collection David H. Brolliet – Genève (27/05/18 – 30/09/18), Fondation Fernet Branca, (Saint-Louis)
Loup y es-tu? Bestiaires et métamorphoses (24/03/18 – 25/06/18), Château Maisons Laffitte (Maison Laffitte)
Art Cologne (19/04/18 – 22/04/18), Galerie Laurent Godin, (Paris)
I am what I am (08/02/18 – 17/03/18), Ici Gallery (Paris)
Voici le temps des assassins (31/01/18 – 22/02/18 ), Galerie Michel Journiac, (Paris)
BRAFTA – Art Fair Bruxelles (27/01/18 – 04/02/18), Galerie de La Béraudière, (Brussels)


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