Born in 1991, Johanna Mirabel is a French artist of Guyanese and Caribbean origin. She graduated from the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.
Johanna Mirabel explores interior spaces. Breaking down barriers between artistic approaches, she combines precise figurative representation and abstraction. She references a mix of stories and memories in her quiet scenes where different spatial realities interpenetrate, and perspectives at times deceptive, overlap.
Classical genre painting is tinged with bright colors, a reference to Tembé, a typically Guyanese abstract art recognizable by its use of assertive red, yellow, and blue. Someworks are dominated by ochre and red, the different shades of which evoke the chromatic richness of the land of Guyana.
By using lush vegetation, as well as partially present and disparate objects, she stages contradictions and juxtapositions highlighting the complexity of a multicultural life. Johanna is inspired by the lyrical Creolization of Édouard Glissant. Her work develops pictorial forms which seem in constant motion while her characters find themselves, for their part, embedded, nested or ready to melt in their changing environment.
Johanna has been nominated twice for the Prize Sisley-Beaux Arts de Paris for youthful contemporary creation. She already joined major collections in Europe and Africa, starting a promising career.
- 1.54 New York, with the Galerie Véronique Rieffel.
- Vis-à-vis, solo exhibition, Galerie des femmes, 75006 Paris, with the Galerie Véronique Rieffel.
- Brut de forge, collective exhibition, Villa Belleville, artistic residency, Paris
- AKAA Art & Design fair, Also Known As Africa, represented by Véronique Rieffel Gallery, Paris, France.
- «Emancipated Imaginaries», curated by Armelle Dakouo, Manifesta, Lyon, France.
- «Home Perspectives», curated by ICART, Mayfly Gallery, Paris, France.
- «Young Dreams», Aout Gallery, Beyrouth, Lebanon.
- AKAA fair, Also Known As Africa, represented by Véronique Rieffel Gallery, Paris, France.
- «Paris Hidden Side», L’Orfèvrerie, Saint-Denis, France.
- «Imaginary Jails», La Conciergerie, Paris, France.
- «Embedding Artifacts», The Hoax Gallery, Milwaukee, USA.
Honours and awards
- Winner of the 2022 Ritzau Art Prize.
- 2020 Nominated for the Prize Sisley-Beaux Arts de Paris 2020 for youthful contemporary creation.
- 2019 Takifuji International Award, Winner of the Prize of Excellence and the Grand International Prize, Tokyo, Japan.
Studios and residencies
- Villa Belleville, Paris
2020 - 2021
- L’Orfèvrerie, Seine-Saint-Denis.
- The Bench, Montrouge, France.
- Artists Residency, Saint-Laurent du Maroni French Guyana, South America.
Exhibitions and fairs
1.54 New York 2022 - Johanna Mirabel's Solo Show
19 – 22 May 2022
St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 258 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026, United States.
Vis-à-vis, solo show
The Galerie des femmes and the Galerie Véronique Rieffel
present "Vis-à-vis", a solo exhibition by Johanna Mirabel, from March 3 to 31, 2022.
Opening on Thursday, March 3 from 7pm.
Espace des femmes - Antoinette Fouque
35 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris
Brut de forge, collective exhibition, Villa Belleville, Paris
27/11/2021 : 14h - 16h, vernissage : 18h
28/11 & 30/11/2021 : 14h - 19h
20 rue Ramponeau, 75020 Paris
Johanna Mirabel wins the 2022 Ritzau Art Price in New York
Johanna Mirabel, represented by Galerie Véronique Rieffel, (Paris-
Abidjan, France-Ivory Coast), was competitively selected by the 2022 jury of contemporary African Art experts .
The Ritzau Art Prize provides global visibility, professional
development, and career enhancing residencies at ISCP in New York City to promising visual artists from the African continent and of African descent. The prize was created in 2020 and was initiated by ISCP in collaboration with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. The prize is funded by Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy (TRIP).
Rencontre avec Johanna Mirabel
"La végétation m’intéresse pour créer ce trouble dans la narration mais aussi pouraborder de la question de l’environnement. Le foyer, l’espace intérieur, peut-être appréhendécomme une sorte de microcosme. C’est peut-être à cette échelle là que l’on commence à abordercette relation à l’environnement."
Johanna Mirabel, 8 mars 2021, Saint-Denis