Maguy Banq is a French sculptor born in 1954 in Marseillan, a small village in southern France. Banq graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Mexico in 1992. Along with the artist José de Santiago, she set up a studio in San Luis Potosi, located in North-Central Mexico.
Inspired by the classic techniques, Maguy Banq uses the “cire perdu” to create bronze sculptures. “Cire perdu”, also called lost-wax process, is a traditional method for casting bronze sculptures in which a mould is formed around a wax pattern, which is subsequently melted and drained away. Maguy Banq allies the work of the bronze to materials and forms of the minimalist art.
Maguy Banq’s sculptures present the asexual characters which are slender and have prominent muscles. Their postures vary from verticality through the search for balance, ending up in the fetal position of thinkers. The bronze Sisyphus is one of Banq’s most famous works in which she explores the “cycle of the absurd”, inspired by The Myth of Sisyphus. According to the Greek myth, Sisyphus is condemned to roll a stone up to the top of a mountain, only to have the stone roll back down to the bottom every time he reaches the top.
In Banq’s work the presence of the circle often dominates. The use of this particular refrain is linked to her appreciation of Greek mythology. The sphere became a world in which humans are positioned in search of their essence. Her brown, grey and black sculptures are homage to mankind, to the reflections and questions that challenge us every day.
Maguy Bank has contributed to the realization of many monumental sculptures in Mexico City and Chilpancingo. She shares her life between France and Mexico and exhibits regularly in these two countries.
|Year||Name of the exhibition||Museum/Gallery||Solo/Group|
|2015||OFI Arts Welcomes Maguy Banq||Galerie Geraldine Banier, Paris||Solo|
|2014||Sufflare, suffere, with Alexia Tailleur||Galerie Geraldine Banier, Paris||Group|
|2014||Summertime||Galerie Geraldine Banier, Paris||Group|
|2014||Maguy Banq||Galerie Imagine, Bordeux, France||Solo|
|1999||Maguy Banq||Galerie MCD, Megeve, France||Solo|
|1999||Maguy Banq||Espace Republique, Montpellier, France||Solo|
|1999||Maguy Banq||Galerie Ginac, Nimes, France||Solo|
|1999||Maguy Banq||Galerie Ars in Fine, Paris, France||Solo|
|1997||Maguy Banq||Galerie de la Casa de la Cultura, San Luis Potosi, Mexico||Solo|
|1997||Maguy Banq||Galerie la Serane, Gignac, France||Solo|
|1997||Maguy Banq||GMAC, Bruxelles, Belgique||Solo|
|1996||Maguy Banq||Concours d'Arts Plastiques Anna Sokolow, San Luis Potosi, Mexico||Solo|
|1996||Maguy Banq||Galerie Crisol, Vaison la Romaine, France||Solo|
|1995||Maguy Banq||Galerie Agora, San Luis Potosi, Mexico||Solo|
|1995||Maguy Banq||Galerie Crisol, Pezenas, France||Solo|
|1994||Maguy Banq||Galerie du Raquet Club de San Luis Potosi, Mexico||Solo|
|1994||Maguy Banq||Salle polyvalente, Marseillan, France||Solo|
|1993||Maguy Banq||Concours d'Arts Plastiques Emma Beaz, San Luis Potosi, Mexico||Solo|
|1993||Maguy Banq||Palais des Congres, Beziers, France||Solo|
|1992||Maguy Banq||Espace Moliere, Agde, France||Solo|
|1991||Maguy Banq||Musee William Spratling, Taxco, Mexico||Solo|
|1991||Maguy Banq||Galerie la Serane, Gignac, France||Solo|
|1990||Maguy Banq||Galerie Esmeralda, Mexico||Solo|