"ART IS THE EXPRESSION OF THE MIND. ART IS THE MANIFESTATION OF A HYPERSENSITIVE."
Olivier Mauchet was born on 21 February 1967 in Clermont-Ferrand, in central France. He lived in Chateaugay, a small town near Clermont-Ferrand and then in Riom until he finished his studies. He obtained scientific studies which led to his professorship. He teaches Physical Science at a school near Montluçon, a small town in the Department of Allier. He loves his profession because teaching is his vocation, the transmission of knowledge is a priority. Since childhood, he has been drawn to the beauty of nature, which is why he learned the art of photography at the age of 12. During his scientific studies, he learned drawing of architecture, which gave him the basis of perspective, omnipresent in his canvases. Painting unexpectedly entered his life at the age of 27 and it was an immediate revelation. Combining the chromatic perspective with a geometric perspective strengthens the depth of a canvas.
Olivier Mauchet has been painting for about 25 years. He began to paint with oil and brush. He received honours at his first painting salons for paintings that he was not satisfied with. Indeed, involuntarily, his paintings were very faithful to the subject, too faithful to the subject.....a canvas should not be an exact representation of a subject to be painted. A painter should leave a part of his personality on his canvas. A canvas should not be reduced to the photograph of the subject, it is a reductive vision of the painter. On the advice of a friend and fellow painter, he gave up the brush, which he used the smallest hairs to paint the smallest details, for the painting knife. Thus, he could no longer cheat, and he was forced to look for something other than the faithful reproduction of the subject. Now, art lovers recognize his style, very colorful with a frank and dynamic gesture.
The art of Olivier Mauchet invites you to forget your current existence and reality. His art invites you to look deep inside you for the tools necessary to never stop dreaming. As simple as the fact of inciting you to recognize what is inside of you that you see reflected in his art and vice versa. And maybe it's more than you imagined. His art - subtle, dreamy, charming, that elevates you to another place, and you don't know if that place really exists or for a moment you have gotten lost in a piece of your own imagination. His art conveys a warmth that simply illuminates that tiny moment in which you exist.
Q. What role does the Artist/ Painter have in society?
A. The role of the artist is to reach out to the audience in the depths of their hearts in order to elicit a feeling.
He has to get the public to react. He must make him travel through his paintings, make him dream or make
him revolt. An artist should not leave the audience indifferent.
Q. What’s your best childhood memory?
A. My best childhood memory was when I spent my holidays with my grandmother in the country, rocked by
the song of birds, in the middle of a preserved nature. I went fishing in a small stream and built cabins in
which I could dream and draw all-day long.
Q. As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
A. When I was a child, I wanted to be a professor of mathematics because it was a discipline for which I
had certain skills and a certain attraction. The abstract world of mathematics is exhilarating. There are rules to be respected, objectives to be achieved, but the path to be followed remains to be defined....it is a bit like
life, we have the beginning, the end, it remains to set our course.
Q. Do you remember the first art you made? What was it and how old were you?
A. The first drawing I made was my self-portrait at the age of 12; and the result was rather similar but I immediately understood that art was relentlessly rigorous because a space between the eyes varying from a
few millimeters of reality gives us another person.
Q. How and when did you first become seriously interested in art?
A. I had really been interested in art for about 20 years. It was from there that I began to paint regularly.
But at the time, I was painting in oil with a brush.
Q. Tell us about your particular style and how you came to it?
A. Currently, I seem to have found a style that satisfies me. I love colors and nature. Italy is a country full of surprises whose warm colors of the land come side by side with the colder colors of the sea with harmony
and contrast unequalled elsewhere. This country is the strength of my painting. I have a colorful figurative
style with a wide dynamic; the painting is vibrant.
Q. What does your art aim to express?
A. My painting aims to reveal the beauty of the landscapes we live in each day. I'm not making this up, the
colors are real for those who spend a little time observing. We no longer take the time to live, to look, to enjoy the present moment. Life is a relentless race in which we look more at our mobile screen than at the
nature that surrounds us. Let's lift our heads, let's look, let's savor, let's discuss....let's just live. That's the
message I'm trying to convey.
Q. What personality trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
A. I'm a little temperamental, but it's a character trait that did me a favor because I don't give up easily.
I am impatient and here too, it allowed me to work quickly, which gives my painting, this dynamic style.
I feel that my flaws are at the origin of my style of painting so it did not bother my progression.
Q. What have you had to sacrifice for this career?
A. I have not sacrificed anything for my artistic career; it is done in harmony with my profession which
gives me free time.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. I was very influenced by Impressionists such as Monet or Sisley, but the contemporary painter who
revealed me is Michel Jouenne whose style of painting I adore halfway between figurative and abstract
Q. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
A. The artistic life is solitary and I think it is necessary to work isolated in our workshop of painting so
that we put a little of ourselves on this canvas. Introspection is necessary before painting. But you also
have to meet other artists for a challenge and to have an external look at your painting, it's vital to evolve.
You have to exhibit your paintings, share them on social media, exhibit them in painting exhibitions in
Q. Apart from art, what do you love doing?
A. I love to practice sports, tennis in particular, which allows me to clear the head. I also practice piano,
but also a little of folk guitar.
Q. What is your philosophy in matters of art?
A. My philosophy about art is to please yourself, not to think of anything but to take pleasure, and to
give pleasure to people who look at your canvas. Many people tell me they want to visit Italy after seeing
my paintings. I have the impression to generate the journey, the dream.....
Q. What does 'success' mean to you?
A. The real success for me is to be able to leave a souvenir of my time here on Earth. It is essential that
I not be forgotten, that is why I leave some traces of my life.
Q. What are the biggest things you've learned in life thus far?
A. The greatest precept I have learned is that everyone must find their place in this society, provided they really want it. He must cling to his dreams and stop making people believe that you can succeed in life without working hard.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, and by who?
A. One day, I asked my fellow painter, Serge Bamaison, how to paint the sky on a canvas, because on my canvas, it became a curtain.....the painter answered me, you have to paint it like the rest......I understood
later what he meant. Canvas is a unit; it is not divisible.
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. I want to tell future generations to respect the Earth, better than we've done for decades so that my
paintings don't become memories of a destroyed nature. Instead of looking for a life on an improbable
exoplanet, let's preserve our own.