French-Hungarian Interior artist Mathias Kiss is the type of guys who paints tromp l’oeil skies on Catherine Deneuve’s and Parisian palaces ceilings, who does interior design for Stefano Pilati and Nicolas Godin or who creates amazing ‘Miroir Froissé’ as art piece.
Growing up in Paris, he became an apprentice at age 14, then, he joined the famous Compagnons of France, an organization of artisans who work with master craftsmen throughout the country. He stayed for ten years, first perfecting the essential elements of the repertoire of a decorator/painter by concentrating on ceiling decoration and particularly on painting skies.
In 2012, he created furniture designs that were exhibited in a solo show of the Gallerie Armel Soyer at the Design Miami fair in Basel. His functional objects (a mirror, a banquette) were imagined like sculptures. They were pieces that couldn’t be restricted to a simple ornamental function because their lines blurred and questioned the notion of perception itself.
Neither decorator nor designer, Mathias Kiss is a versatile figure of multiple talents. His work is nourished by the tradition of the French “ensembliers decorateurs” of the 1930s and 40s in order to be better liberated from circumscription. He reflects on interior decoration by questioning past and future systems of living.
Parallel to his experimentations and personal creations, Mathias Kiss founded the Atelier Attilalou with master craftsman Olivier Piel in 2002 to respond to private commissions and collaborations with such interior architects as Damien Langlois-Meurinne, Jean-Louis Deniot and François Bosc with on site installations.
In April 2014, he has been invited to collaborate with AIR, the well-known French electronic music group, with an installation entitled “Miroir Mercure” at the Beaux Arts museum of Lille. (image below)