Futurism, abstract mathematics, alphabetic constructivism and facial cubism. Brutally refined, Didier ‘Jaba’ Mathieu’s art has grown with each of his numerous journeys and from his beginnings as a graffiti writer. This becomes evident just by watching the complex alchemy of his illustrations and digital paintings, an almost impossible blend of lines, forms and colours.
Born in Armenia (Colombia), Didier moved to Liège (Belgium) when he was fourteen and soon began his flirtation with the walls (which he would never leave behind), later obtaining an Illustration degree at the Saint Luc Liegè school of arts. By that time he was already a full time artist, travelling and exhibiting his work in many european galleries. He then moved to Singapore, where he worked as a concept artist and matte painter for Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), the special effects division of LucasFilm Ltd, developing the visual style for many films, always making an effort to trick the human eye. Iron Man, Star Trek and Transformers are some of the films he worked on.
Didier hasn’t stopped painting graffiti since 1990, and has carried his craft to different countries in Europe, Asia, America and Africa. He has continued his exhibits in Singapore and has given conferences in prestigious organizations like the Tisch School of Arts of the New York University, and has even taken part of videogame development events in Hyderabad, India.