Pol Taburet, Orfeo's heels, 2022, acrylic, pigments and oil pastel on canvas, 188 × 160 cm
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Pol Taburet’s work is a heady and iconoclastic mix of references that range from the artist’s own Caribbean background, the region’s synchretic voodoo traditions and belief systems, wider contemporary culture, as well as classical painting. Born in 1997, the artist has rapidly gained attention with his idiosyncratic painterly style, which he has developed by incorporating the use of airbrushing alongside traditional brush painting with acrylic colors. The formal result is a unique contraposition of textures and finishings, painstaking detail, “impressionistic” suggestion, and symbolism.  

This double technique, an amalgamation of old and new, can be viewed as symbolic of Taburet’s work as a whole. The freshness of this subject matter, which somehow feels entirely new, combined with an undeniably youthful and energetic aesthetic, is underpinned by influences that firmly belong to the traditional canon of art history. From Francis Bacon to Baroque and religious art, these influences are all visible but his work is not subjugated to them. His twisted figures, which often appear as hybrids between humans and animals, stand out against starkly abstract backgrounds. Taburet says his subjects speak of life and death, and the passage from one to the other. In their own way, his paintings hold a spiritual quality that is hard to define, and which might not be immediately apparent. An instinctive artist, Taburet’s themes, forms, compositions and even meaning often reveal themselves to him as he paints.

Pol Taburet (b. 1997, Paris) lives and works in Paris.

Additionally, his work has been included in institutional group exhibitions such as Des Corps Libres – Une jeune scène française, Reiffers Art Initiatives, Paris (2022); Worst Case Scenario, curated by Chloé Bonnie Moore, Paris (2021); Drawing a Blank, curated par Ben Broom, Paris (2021); Let us in III, Clichy (2019); and Let us in I, Clichy (2018). His work is also included in public collections Pinault Collection, Paris, and Lafayette Anticipations, Paris.


MA in École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy, France
BA in École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy, France

Solo Exhibitions
Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil
OPERA III - The Day of Heaven and Hell, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris, France
OPERA II, C L E A R I N G, Los Angeles, USA
OPERA I, Balice Hertling, Paris, France

Group Exhibitions
বন্যা/Bonna, 6th Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Kaleidoscope Manifesto, Espace Niemeyer, Paris, France
Exposition N°120 (maybe), Balice Hertling, Paris, France
Real Corporeal, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
Des Corps Libres – Une jeune scène française, Reiffers Art Initiatives, Paris, France
Cecily Brown & Pol Taburet, Balice Hertling, Paris, France
Worst Case Scenario, curated by Chloé Bonnie Moore, Paris, France
Drawing a Blank, curated par Ben Broom, Paris, France
Monstreux posters d’artistes, Galerie 35 rue Debelleyme, Paris, France
A Holy Day in a House Full of Lies, Miami Beach - Art Basel, Balice Hertling, Miami, USA
I’m an Icon Living, Centre d'Art Contemporain d'Ivry - le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Let us in III, curated by Taras Sereda and Sebastien Lepeuve, Clichy, France
Let us in I, Clichy, France

Lafayette Anticipations, France
Homestead Collection, USA
KADIST Foundation, France
Pinault Collection, France

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