Mambo in action, photo credits - Down Town Show Down

Mambo /   Flavien Demarigny

Chile 1969

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti, Painting, Murals

Flavien Demarigny
June 6, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Flavien Demarigny aka Mambo is a Chile-born Franco-Hungarian painter, travelling designer and graphic artist. Born in 1969 in Santiago, Mambo grew up in Latin America. He moved to the capital of France in the mid-80s, where he started his artistic career as a graphic designer and a street artist. After several years of experience, his work has developed into canvas painting and large size murals.

Les Émotifs

Influenced by the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Piet Mondrian, Keith Haring and Jean Dubuffet, Mambo has developed the foundation of his unique language described as “illustrated brain, full of visions and emotions”. Mambo’s pieces range from figurative to abstract, with humanity as the main theme of his practice. The most often character in his works is Man, presented as an orange figure who could be everyone’s personification. Showing Man through various attitudes called Les emotifs, Mambo captures the feelings, emotions and behavior, or simply, the essence of humanity.
His later works often shows modern society’s icons, familiar visual codes, and pictograms.

Flavien Demarigny aka Mambo - Senator Kennedy, 2013, photo credits - Mambo
Mambo – Senator Kennedy, 2013, photo credits – Mambo


In Mambo’s semi-abstract pieces called Brainology, images are connected like memories, through fluid and gracious lineages. The artist draws lines in a one single gesture, following his imagination, and revealing the poetry inside our minds by liberating artistic expression from pre-set frameworks. Fascinated by the development of biology, technology and cognitive sciences, Mambo’s more abstract paintings suggest his vision of scientific innovation ever expanding human knowledge.

Flavien Demarigny aka Mambo - Brainology, 2012, photo credits - Mambo
Mambo – Brainology, 2012, photo credits – Mambo

9ème concept

From 1986 to 1997, Mambo was member of Force Alphabétique, while in 1998 he became a member of a famous Parisian collective of artists, 9ème concept, characterized by its freedom in creating accessible art on the streets for anyone.
Mambo has collaborated in creative projects with Prada, Canal Plus, Samsung Crooks’n’Castles and Vans.

Mambo at French Art Studio

Mambo has participated in numerous solo and group shows worldwide, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Speerstra Gallery, Geneva, Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris, Helmet Gallery, Munich, Agnès B. Gallery, Paris, Watanabe Gallery, Osaka, Seven Gallery, Paris, Kinsey Desforges Gallery, Los Angeles, French Art Studio, London, as well as at the Biennale Arts Le Havre, and Sao Paulo’s Biennale, amongst others.
His solo show Convergence will be on view from June 13th until July 3rd, 2015, at French Art Studio in London, UK.

Flavien Demarigny aka Mambo - Magyar Connection, 2015, photo credits - The French Art Studio
Mambo – Magyar Connection, 2015, photo credits – The French Art Studio

Mambo’s work is part of many notable collections, including Centre Pompidou, Duran Ruel, Rose Bialek, Speerstra, Thierry Froger, Agnès B, Kinsey Desforges, and Nao Naussbaum.

Mambo currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015ConvergenceFrench Art Studio, London, UKsolo
2015UnknownLa Boite, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2015Mambo55 Croisette, Cannes, FranceSolo
2015UnknownKobe Airport, Kobe, JapanGroup
2015Sans TitreGalerie Mathgoth, Paris, France Group
2015Seules Les traces Font Rever29 Maubourg, Paris, FranceGroup
2015Unknown912 Gallery, Lourmarin, FranceGroup
2015Sans TitreMathgoth Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2015Kaleidoscope; optical sweets for the eyesSpeerstra Gallery, SwitzerlandGroup
2015Live paintingOmotesando, Agnes B Store, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2015InstallationEnsoie, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2015Live painting, PTTOW FestivalLos Angeles, USAGroup
2014Scouted 2014French Art Studio, London, UKGroup
2014Live painting with Oxmo PuccinoParis, FranceGroup
2014Live painting, Fashion Week ParisMandarin Oriental, Paris, FranceGroup
2013MamboSeven Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
2013Go Hard or Go HomeLondon, UKGroup
2013MinsetLos Angeles, USA, As CuratorGroup
2013Open the DoorsHouston, USAGroup
2013Live painting, Fashion Week ParisMandarin Oriental, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Live paintingGrande Halle La Villette, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Live painting for Samsung & filmBuenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
2013Live Painting and installationArtcurial, Paris, FranceGroup
2012MamboWatanabe Gallery, Osaka, JapanSolo
2012MamboThe Standard Hollywood, Los Angeles, USASolo
2012Installation, BiennalHavre, FranceGroup
2011MamboSeven Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
2010Pure FlavorSeven Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
2010Piece of MindSpeerstra Gallery, Bursins, SwitzerlandSolo
2010MamboHelmet Gallery, Munich, GermanySolo
2010Live paintingAgnes B, London, UKGroup
2009Etat des LieuxAgnes B, Paris, FranceSolo
2009MamboGalerie Helmet, Munich, GermanySolo
2009Graffiti, Etat des LieuxGalerie Agnes B, Paris, FranceGroup
2009MamboHelmet Gallery, Munich, GermanySolo
2009MamboAgnes B. Store, Lyon, FranceSolo
2009Imagine, with 9eme conceptPalais De Tokyo, Paris, FranceGroup
2009Graffiti, Etat Des LieuxAgnes B. Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Peinture Fraiche, with 9eme conceptCentre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Le MurGalerie Beaubourg, Paris, FranceGroup
2007Blk-Mrkt Artists AnnualBlk-Mrkt Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2006Planet Reef, with 9eme concept Galerie Kitchen 93, Paris, FranceGroup
2006Aux Arts CitoyensEspace Blanc-Manteaux, Paris, FranceGroup
2005Alias MamboGalerie Kitchen 93, Bagnolet, FranceSolo
2005Sang Neuf, with 9eme concept Galeria La Santa, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2005Planet Reef, with 9eme concept Huntington Beach, California, USAGroup
2004Le Cul De La CremiereGalerie Magda Danysz, Paris, FranceSolo
2004Sang Neuf, with 9eme concept Centre D'Art En L'Ile, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2004Sang Neuf, with 9eme concept Hopital Universitaire, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2004Sang Neuf, with 9eme concept Mk2 Bibliotheque, Paris, FranceGroup
2003AlloverGalerie Hixsept, Grenoble, FranceSolo
2003Sang Neuf, with 9eme concept Galerie Kitchen 93, Bagnolet, FranceGroup
2003Up Your SleeveLos Angeles, San Francisco, New York, TokyoGroup
2003Skateboard ArtworkGalerie Agnes B. Sport, Paris, FranceGroup
2003TriptyqueHotel De Ville, Angers, FranceGroup
2002Sang Neuf, with 9eme concept Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, FranceGroup
2002Le Labyrinthe, with 9eme concept Plage D'Anglet, FranceGroup
2002Le Labyrinthe, with 9eme concept Le Shop, Paris, FranceGroup
2001Message From The SoulGalerie Magda Danysz, Paris, FranceSolo
2001Sang Neuf, with 9eme concept Centre Europeen De La Creation, Strasbourg, FranceGroup
2001Welcome On Board, with 9eme concept Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, FranceGroup
2000Sang Neuf, with 9eme concept Passage De Retz, Paris, FranceGroup
1999Dixit-FixitPi Gallery, Chicago, USASolo
1999Sang Neuf, with 9eme concept Salon De La P.A.O., Porte De Versailles, Paris, FranceGroup
1996Paroles UrbainesLa Laiterie, Strasbourg, FranceGroup
1992Graffic ArtismMaison Du Peuple, Clichy, FranceGroup
1991Graffiti ArtMusee Des Monuments Historiques, Paris, FranceGroup
1991Say Mars C’est YeMusee De Marseille, FranceGroup
1990Bomb ArtCrdc, Espace Graslin, Nantes, FranceGroup