Frederic Menguy, born in Paris in 1927, rejoices in life and the essential right of every human being to dream. What a life! What dreams! Frederic Menguy's seventy plus years of dreaming are fortunately dispersed in a legacy of art works unlike any other in the world of contemporary expressionists.
His popularity is such that his paintings can be found in galleries and private collections around the globe including the Sketching Room of the National Library of France. When forced to, Menguy classifies himself as being a poetic-expressionist. In the words of the artist, "I am quite un-classifiable. Everybody agrees that my work is unique and that I have set my work apart by creating my own style, my own universe. I have created Menguy!"
Emerging from a poor and crowded family with six siblings, Frederic Menguy went to work at an early age to help support his family. He also attended evening classes at the famed City of Paris Art School where he later became a teacher. Frederic made his exhibition debut in 1957 at the Salon des Independents. The year 1964 saw the creation of his first lithographs. He has received several accolades in his long career: the 1968 Prix de la Critique at the St Placide Gallery, Paris and in 1985 the Gran Prix Puvis de Chavannes at the Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts (SNBA).
Over the years he has received many honors and his wondrous paintings continue to enthrall art lovers around the world. "Realty is not my world," says Menguy. "The world of dreams is my reality and my work reflects that world. I live my dreams and keep at peace with the world."
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