Philippe Halaburda (b. 1972) is a French born artist living and working in New York since 2016 where he keeps transforming his work in exciting and innovative ways. Whole urban environments are being encoded into his own visual language, maps and frameworks that invite the viewer to discover their own subconscious feelings, dreams and experiences from living and interacting in the city and their relation to the collective.
His art has been compared to that of Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) who was a representative of Constructivism and Suprematism, influenced by Cubism and Futurism. Malevich worked only with “pure” forms, such as square, circle and cross painted in primary colors against white space and resembling aerial imagery taken from the sky. Halaburda’s artwork is very similar within the fundamentals, however not as schematic as seen in Malevich’s work. It is characterized by an enormous dynamism and bold presence telling stories and exploring social tensions and relationships. The artist uses all kinds of mediums, be it canvas, photos, digital media or recently plexiglass as well as his own techniques of replacing paint brushes with rubber spatulas to create the imagery, topography and abstract algorithms of data he collects transforming them into new worlds of monumental scales. The beauty of his art lies in the poetic and spontaneous expression of landscapes transformed into a modern visual code that the artist keeps inventing and perfecting.
His art has been exhibited throughout Europe with his first solo representation by the Peyton Wright gallery in the United States in 2013. Since then, he has been in various American and French galleries.
Philippe holds a very promising future worthwhile to be followed.