Didier Jaba Mathieu (B 1974)
Futuristic abstract mathematics, alphabetical constructivism, and facial cubism, brutally refined.
The art of Didier Jaba Mathieu grows from his extensive travels and background as a graffiti writer, which is
evident in the complex alchemy of his illustrations and digital paintings. Born in Armenia, Colombia,
Jaba moved to Liege, Belgium at the age of 14 to further his studies at St. Luc Institution of Arts specializing in Illustration. He exhibited widely in art galleries around Europe and South America before relocation to
Singapore to join Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucasfilm Ltd where he worked as a concept
artist and digital-matte painter on feature films such as Transformers, Iron Man and Star Trek.
Jaba continues to practice on multidisciplinary levels and participates in countless graffiti performances all over
Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. As an extension to his enthusiasm and energy for illustration, Jaba also lectured at Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore, focusing on Matte Painting, Environment, and Character Design.
He has just published ENEMIES, a graphic novel released in 2015 with Ankama Editions France.
“What is unique about Didier Jaba Mathieu’s work is his background founded in urban culture. His concept art has real ideas, not just emulating what others are doing”
- David Nakabayashi, I.L.M. Industrial Light & Magic art dept creative director.