Today we’d like to introduce you to Mambo.
Mambo, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m French Hungarian, born in Chile. I started my artist career in Paris and came to LA 10 years ago. My first creative field was graffiti, in the mid-eighties, from there I became a muralist and a studio artist and started traveling the world to experiment art and life in different cultures. I was assistant to Sol LeWitt in the mid-nineties. Today I’m essentially a studio artist, making paintings and installations but I love to collaborate with other artists and brands too when it makes sense. I’ve been showing my art around Europe, in Japan, Brazil and the US, in places like Centre Pompidou, Sao Paulo Biennale, Volklingen Unesco Biennale and more. I did collabs with brands like Prada, Samsung, Vans… check out www.mambo.vu and Instagram @instamambo.
Has it been a smooth road?
I’m a self-taught artist, so in a way it is a challenge, as in contemporary art, galleries and curators tend to be conservative and don’t value artists like me very much. Hopefully, some collectors do, and they have been the most supportive people with me. Overall, my path has been smoothly and steadily going up. Also, being rejected in my first years made me stronger in the long term.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m a small company. I produce artworks and sell them internationally, directly to the buyer or thru galleries. I do commission artworks and installations for home or building owners. I don’t take request per se, I do my thing with a site-specific approach. People reach out to me for my style and I respond with an original project after considering their environment. I also do limited editions that you can find on my online store (store.mambo.vu) Some people know me also for the record covers I do for Guts albums and the Beach Diggin’ compilations we did together for several years. (distributed by the Parisian label Heavenly Sweetness) or the Luxury leather goods I did for two years with Moynat (the hand made department of Louis Vuitton group)
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Everyone has his own story and path, specially for artists. I think LA is a wonderful city to have your studio. I value the nature all-around a lot (mountains, desert and ocean) as this is where I get the good vibes. What can be difficult here is that the Art scene is mostly interested in established artists. La doesn’t have enough curiosity the new artists like you can find in NYC, Berlin, London, Paris… that’s definitely something that could be improved. It also has to do with the digital/fame era that makes the audience more interested in fame and selfie opportunities than supporting artist with a real strong body of work.
- Art prints from $350 to $800
- Original Artworks from $2500 to $35K
- Commissions from $15k to $150k, depending on context and environment.
- Website: www.mambo.vu
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @instamambo
- Facebook: @facemambo
- Other: flaviendemarigny.com
Photos by Mambo