Michel Pérez Pollo Joins Timothy Taylor

26 October 2023

Timothy Taylor is pleased to announce the joint representation of Michel Pérez Pollo with Mai 36 Galerie in Zurich, Switzerland. The gallery will present an exhibition of new work by the artist in London in fall 2023. 

Pérez Pollo's surrealist works hint at a dialogue between creator and creation. Each composition is conceived using miniature clay models which the artist then relates onto canvas with oil-enlarging, warping, and exaggerating as he paints. This process emphasizes texture and transforms reality into strange, liminal scenes. Sitting atop simple stages, these vaguely biomorphic forms glow in luminous shades of ochre, tangerine, and emerald. While rigorous and academic, his paintings also recall lush memories of the artist's upbringing in the Caribbean tropics and the vibrancy of his current life in Spain. Attuned to beauty and balance, Pérez Pollo orchestrates light, shadow, shape, and color into a very singular visual poetry.

"I deeply resonated with Michel's paintings when I first encountered them, and I've followed his practice for some time. I'm pleased to work with him and am looking forward to presenting his uniquely poetic paintings in the gallery later this year." — Timothy Taylor, Founder

Michel Pérez Pollo was born in 1981 in Manzanillo, Cuba and lives and works in Madrid, Spain. He received degrees from the Escuela Profesional de Artes Plásticas de Holguín in 1999 and from the Instituto Superior de Arte de Cuba (ISA) in 2007. The subject of numerous institutional exhibitions, work by Pérez Pollo was featured at the Brownstone Foundation in Paris, France in 2021 and the National Gallery of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba in 2018. His recent exhibitions also include Un Automne, a solo show at Lempertz, in collaboration with Mai 36, in Brussels, Belgium in 2023; Vidas Paralelas, a group show at Galleria Continua La Habana in Havana, Cuba in 2022; and PERFUME, a solo show at Mai 36 Galerie in Zurich, Switzerland in 2020.