Guy Mayenobe Biography
Parallel to a career as a business executive, Guy Mayenobe started his artistic life in 1968 making photography and working in the darkroom for a group of Avant Garde artists in Paris until 1973.
Strongly influenced by Jean Tinguely, he then created a series of sculptures involving metallic parts, electric motors and found objects which were exhibited as “Mecasculptures” in La Grande Arche in Paris from May 11 to June 18, 2000. One piece in this year’s exhibition, Awesome is in fact a fanciful homage to Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, with a mirror and a moving double photograph of the pair and a voice interacting with the viewer as they look in the mirror.
Moving to San Diego, Mayenobe became attracted to photo manipulations in the early days of Photoshop and actively participated as a member of the Digital Art Guild exhibiting two to four times per year (including “Homage” at Escondido Gallerie in 2010) During that same time, he had an artistic partnership with photographer Jeanine Free leading to three curated exhibitions at Gallerie 21 in Balboa Park, San Diego: The real life of Mannequins, Don’t Tango in Berlin and Rue St Honore.
Still working with metal, he was selected by a jury, among 200 international artists, for a year-long exhibition, “Urban Trees 4” sponsored by The San Diego Unified Port District who acquired two sculptures out of 30 finalists, one being his piece Orange Tree.
In 2014, Mayenobe met with Joe Brubaker and became an active member of “The Exquisite Garden Project” which led to participation in The Visible Transparency Project in San Francisco (2014), The Found Space Project in Jackson, Wyoming (2015) and Station 11 at the ICB building in Sausalito (2017).