Martin Margiela Biography

Martin Margiela was born in 1957 in Leuven (BE) to a Polish father and a Belgian mother. After attending the Sint-Lukas Kunsthumaniora art school in Hasselt in his teenage years, he entered the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 1977. In 1988 he founded Maison Martin Margiela. During his career, several art museums exhibited his designs, such as Bozar in Brussels, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Haus der Kunst in Munich, LACMA in Los Angeles and Somerset House in London, among others. Right after the twentieth anniversary of his eponymous brand, Martin Margiela decided to leave the fashion world. Ever since, he has devoted himself exclusively to the visual arts.

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Martin Margiela’s visual practice spans a broad range of media, including painting, sculpture, installation, collage and film. His works attest to his fondness for the overlooked and unconventional. Margiela magnifies both disruptions and poetic junctions, seeking beauty in the fleeting. He believes that objects are always in a state of transformation, and he is intrigued by the marks of time. Important sources of inspiration for the artist are the human body, epidermis and hair, as well as the urban environment as an infinite place of wonder. Margiela’s work is dedicated to the unknown and the surprising, in combination with an exceptional sensibility for materials.

In October 2021, Margiela presents a first solo show at Lafayette Anticipations in Paris, bringing together more than forty previously unseen works. Zeno X Gallery presents three sculptures by Martin Margiela at FIAC art fair in October 2021. Margiela’s first solo exhibition in Belgium will be presented in the spring of 2022.

Martin Margiela Featured Artworks

Red Nails Model by Martin Margiela contemporary artwork works on paper, sculpture
Martin Margiela Red Nails Model, 2021 Nymphenburg porcelain enamel
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Torso II by Martin Margiela contemporary artwork sculpture
Martin Margiela Torso II, 2018–2021 Acrylic plaster, wood core
145 x 38.7 x 29.4 cm
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Torso I by Martin Margiela contemporary artwork sculpture
Martin Margiela Torso I, 2018–2021 Silicone, polyurethane foam, wood core
145 x 30 x 27.2 cm
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Torso III by Martin Margiela contemporary artwork sculpture
Martin Margiela Torso III, 2018–2021 Silicone, polyurethane foam, wood core
145 x 50.5 x 39.4 cm
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