"Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be." - Miguel de Cervantes
Paul-Yves Poumay has a background in finance and marketing, and extensive work experience in banking and insurance both in Belgium and in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Although his passion for art finds its roots in his childhood, his job has kept him away from it for several years, until one day this changed, and following his heart, he enrolled in the Art Academy of Spa in Belgium.
Poumay has been publishing various short essays on social issues, writing for the prestigious "Le Monde", the Belgian business newspaper, "L'Echo" and the daily newspaper "La Libre." He is also the founder (2017) of the non-profit organization AWI Art World Institute ASBL, with a mission to build a fairer and more sustainable world and contribute to human progress.
Provocative and ironic, hypersensitive, and yet incredibly optimistic, Poumay's work has many intentions but is above all oriented towards people. Labeled as a utopian, he expresses his indignation towards the corrosive power of money and imposes his status as "the world’s most expensive artist in the contemporary art scene." Poumay translates his own questions into a quirky expressionism, moving from the most colorful shades to the darkest tones. He is self-taught and instinctive and, through the use of art and absurdity, challenges the world of finance as he shakes the foundations of our societies. He provokes reactions by condemning in particular the societal aberrations we are witnessing today.
Paul-Yves Poumay is the creator of the sculpture “The return of Don Quixote,” estimated at over two billion euros. He has been involved in residencies and important international group shows such as the Art Show Paris III (winner of the 2nd prize, 2019), the European Contemporary Art Fair in Strasburg (France, 2019), and the Hartexpo in Barcelona (Spain, 2019). During the lockdown, he participated in "Hello World", a global Internet exhibition by Transcultural Exchange featuring cultural venues from 70 countries worldwide.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist