Mathis Collins

Mathis Collins is a French-Canadian artist. After studying at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC), at the École Supérieure d’Art de Lorraine (ESAL) in Metz, and at Concordia University in Montreal, he attended the alternative art school Open School East in London. His practice revolves around the use of popular objects, craft processes and the grotesque from which he creates collective workshops (such as the fortnightly workshop on fairground art, “Le Passe-boule des maboules”, organized at Lafayette Anticipations in 2018), as well as public events. He makes use of the absurd and the political to reinvent modes of exhibiting popular art. He has exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo and the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, at the Friche la Belle de Mai in Marseille, at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and at Longtang in Zürich.


  • Publication: The Autodidacts: from Van Gogh to Pirosmani, symposium proceedings, 2021
  • Symposium: “The Autodidacts: from Van Gogh to Pirosmani” (20-21.09.2019)