Guy de Malherbe


Grand Manège de Vendôme, solo show, from July 05 to September 22sd 2024


Born in 1958, Guy de Malherbe lives and works between Paris and the Sarthe.

His work is part of national collections in France (CNAP, Ministries of Foreign Affairs), where many museums have devoted solo exhibitions to him, including the Musée du Mans, the Musée d’Évreux, the Musée de Trouville, the Abbaye de l’Épau and the Châtreuse de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon.

Many art historians have written about his work, including Olivier Kaeppelin, Pierre Wat, Alain Bonfand, Claude Frontisi, Olivier Delavallade and writers Franck Maubert, Patrick Cloux and poet Luis Mizón. They are often interested in the Surrealist roots of his work, influenced from an early stage by the landscapes of Cadaqués and the worlds of Dalí and Buñuel. Deeply rooted in the material and in the pleasure of painting, Malherbe’s work is also revealed by these authors as a very dense intellectual painting, full of references to the history of art and nourished by the subconscious.
nourished by the subconscious.

For him, painting is about establishing oneself as a body in the world, realising oneself through experience, through the action of one’s own body, which constructs both the reality of a painting and its fictional dimension. Over the years, his painting has evolved into an increasingly expressive and free art, in which matter and gesture take centre stage, around the recurring motif of rocks, bodies – asleep or fragmented – and cliffs.