b. 1959 Mexico City, Mexico - lives and works in Paris, France since 1985
A pioneer of virtual art, Miguel Chevalier has been using computer science as a means of expression in the field of visual arts since 1978. His work addresses the question of immateriality in art, as well as the logic induced by the computer, such as hybridisation, generativity and interactivity. Recurrent themes include flows and networks, virtual cities, ornate designs and nature and artifice such as the self-evolving digital ‘Fractal Flowers’ creating autonomous virtual seeds, growing, opening out, fading and reacting to the audience. Constantly evolving they are never the same. ‘Méta-cities’ are virtual cities which generate themselves from software specially designed with the computer scientist Claude Micheli. Somewhere between reality and simulation, forming without location, without beginning or end, without centre and periphery constantly evolving on LCD screens.
Miguel Chevalier has produced mesmerising exhibitions and installations for museums, art centres, galleries and public spaces around the world with exhibitions at Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris, in 1988; Muséo de artes visuales in Caracas, Venezuela,1993; Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 1994 with Urban visions; Kwangju Biennale, Korea, 2000; Metapolis MARCO Monterrey (MEX), 2002 ; Terra Incognita, Mis (Museu da Imagem e do Som), São Paulo, 2010 ; Paradis Artificiels, Museum of Modern Art, Céret, 2014 ; Dear World… Yours, Cambridge, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, 2015 ; Onde Pixel - Lo Sguardo di... Miguel Chevalier, UniCredit Pavilion, Milan, in 2016 ; In-out artificial paradise, Château de Chaumont sur Loire in 2017.
In January 2018, The Origin of the World – Bubble 2018, a generative virtual-reality installation was projected on an inflatable sphere on Oxford Circus for Lumiere Festival in London. Later in the year Digital Abysses will be presented in the submarine base Bordeaux (March-May) and Artistes & Robots at Galeries nationales du Grand-Palais in Paris (group show, April-July).