Mauricio ToussaintMauricio Toussaint
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Toussaint, of French and Mexican descent, was interested in making art at a young age. Following his parents’ expectations to make a living, he entered the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara to obtain a degree in architecture (he graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree). During this time, he was encouraged by a professor from the nearby Visual Arts Department to make art on his own. Invited to work at the open workshop at the Centro de Arte Moderno, he made prints from 1982-83 and soon after, he embarked on a series of paintings. By the mid 1980s he had forged relationships with art professionals from the center, and was soon asked to collaborate as an assistant curator at the Instituto Cultural Cabañas—his career in architecture officially replaced with art. 1995 he moved to Miami FL. Where he showed his work in several galleries and resided in Miami for 3 years then finally settled in Tucson where he keeps his studio. He has had several exhibits in different Mexican cities as well as other countries like Spain, France, Korea and the United Sates.
My work is, at core, deeply autobiographical. Each piece constitutes a pictorial contemplation of who, what, where I currently place myself as I navigate the changing landscape between past and present. Each piece poses a new challenge, a different question, presents an alternate lens. I am interested in ideas about the transformative power of art, the role of the imagination, but also in my own experience of what defines individual perception and the degree to which an ever evolving but fundamental sense of "self" seems to arise from early childhood and simply absorbs the subsequent impact of adult experience.