Didier Mazuru Swedish-French, b. 1953
Painter, graphic artist, thinker, musician, Didier Mazuru is an extraordinary person who has been able to liberate himself from the dominant conformity in order to develop a highly personal art. Initially associated with the visionary art movement during his younger years, he now explores new visual paths through reinvented and improvised approaches. – Oceane Gillie
Born on February 18th in Paris, 1953.
At an early age, Mazuru develops his interest in visual art through the world of comic drawing. In 1969, he starts playing the saxophone (tenor and soprano) and studies music and improvisation techniques. After completing his high school education, he enters the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and studies architecture from 1974 until 1981 when he graduates as an architect. During this time, he creates his first drawings and is also very active as a saxophonist in various group formations.
His discovery in 1976 of the works of Érik Desmazières, Philippe Mohlitz, and Yves Doaré at Galerie Bernier, rue Jacques Callot, Paris 6th, leads him to printmaking and to explore other forms of visual creations. In 1977, he takes a printmaking course under the guidance of Yves Doaré in Douarnenez, Brittany, with whom he develops a friendship.
In 1981, he moves to Stockholm with his Swedish wife Marianne, whom he had met a few years earlier in Paris. He abandons architecture and the saxophone to devote himself entirely to printmaking and painting.
While visiting his family and friends in Paris a couple of times a year, he has his prints produced at Atelier René Tazè, Paris 10th. This is also where printmakers Mohlitz, Desmazières, Doaré, as well as other artists such as George Rubel, Mordecai Moreh, and Jean-Pierre Velly, also have their works printed. He has his first group exhibition in 1983 in Belgium with several of these artists.
In the early 1980s, he transitions more towards painting in oil and gouache. His first solo exhibition featuring paintings takes place in 1984 at Galerie Bernier. After Galerie Bernier closes in 1989, he starts exhibiting at Galerie Michèle Broutta, Paris 15th, which is followed by several exhibitions there and at other galleries, both solo and group shows. He also becomes part of the group "Visionary Art" in the second book by Michel Random, "L'Art Visionnaire" (publisher Philippe Lebaud, 1991).
Since 1989 and continuing, he practices meditation, which has been accompanied by numerous stays in India between 1991 and 2008. In 2002, he stops doing printmaking to fully dedicate himself to painting, primarily using acrylic paint and India ink, as well as to write down his reflections on art and spirituality. Since 2012, he devotes his time to painting.