ABOUT MAMBO'S COLLABORATION WITH THE MUSÉE DU LOUVRE
‘I'm Franco-Hungarian, born in Chile. I've been lucky enough to receive a mixed upbringing, an education that is both academic and open to the world, nourished by classicism and unconventional art. I came to creation through graffiti (I did my first frescoes on the palisades of the Louvre Pyramid construction site) and then I became passionate about modern and contemporary art throughout the world.
My life path and my career as an artist are both hybrids and make me particularly fond of the idea of creating bridges, between eras, societies and cultures, with the idea, deep down, of bringing people, generations and audiences closer together and thus demonstrating that there are many links between these worlds. That is why collaborating with the Musée du Louvre is an honour and a joy that I hope will be felt by all. - Mambo.’
The Mambolisa is a bridge between two eras, a round trip in time, a meeting between two styles but also two eras, two societies so different. Life has changed, art has changed, women have changed. The mysteries surrounding this portrait are also evolving: why did the Mona Lisa lose her smile? Why does she now look so jaded?
‘I like to think that the Mona Lisa has lived every moment of her painting life as if she were a living being: she has lived so much through centuries of travel, millions of spectators, after being stolen for 2 years and so many other adventures that she has become completely jaded, nothing surprises her anymore. I also like to mask her famous smile to concentrate on her gaze, to observe her from a different angle, detached from preconceived ideas, and thus deliver a contemporary vision of this iconic lady we love so much. - Mambo.’