Michel Monteaux

1963 · France

Artist biography

Michel Monteaux is assistant director for cinema in France, prior to settling as a photographer in Los Angeles in the eighties.

After eight years, wishing to « live something else », he moves to New Mexico, in the High Desert in Santa Fe. During 6 years he lives close to Native Americans, embracing their culture. He gets involved in the fight against their precarious situation and leads alongside simple citizens and also personalities such as Robert Redford – a fight against the gigantic Wipsite project of landfill of nuclear waste in southern New Mexico. In the mid-1990s, he returned to France and works for the press Michel Monteaux is assistant director for cinema in France, prior to settling in the eighties in Los Angeles. He establishes himself as a professional photographer for editorial and advertising illustration. Passionate about the high desert, he opens a studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico and concentrates on portraits and reportage with a particular interest in American and Mexican folk art. He returns to France in the mid-90s, and continues his photographic work for the press and major corporate companies. He also persues a personal body of work which questions our place in the environment and our relationship to different forms of reality.

« … A man of restless questioning about his place among the others, and the place of others in him. This long quest, Michel Monteaux will never let go. It is his motor and his soul. » Fabrice Gaignault in introduction to the GANDHI EXPRESS exhibition.

Main Exhibitions 2019

Instituts hongrois de Paris, Budapest, Rome: Hommage au Bahaus Galerie Frédéric Moisan: Collective show at the gallery – Art Paris Fair


Galerie Marie Robin: Polaroids et Bonsais Salon International de la Photo de Riedisheim: Gandhi Express


Galerie Frederic Moisan, Paris : Dessins , encres, photographie Abbaye Royale de Saint Riquier, Centre Culturel de Rencontre: La Route du Lin

2015 ─ Abbaye Royale de Saint Riquier, Centre Culturel de Rencontre: Au bord du Monde

2014 ─ Abbaye Royale de Saint Riquier, Centre Culturel de Rencontre: Vertiges

2012 ─ Shanghai International Art Photography Festival : Shanghai, In mutation

2011 ─ Mois de l’Image à Dieppe, France :Portraits de Famille Imposée

2010 ─ Mois du Graphisme à Échirolles, France :USA Blues

2009 ─ Promenades Photographiques de Vendôme, France : Gandhi Express

2005 ─ Rencontres Internationales de Lurs, France : 110 Images

2004 ─ Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, France : RTE

2003 ─ Centre Beaubourg, Paris, France : Les 50 ans du livre de Poche

1991 ─ Governor’s Gallery, Santa Fe, USA : The Mini Show

1988 ─ College of Santa Fe Fine Arts Gallery, USA : Selection 88

Bibliography Agadir, ville impassible ─ Editions Azigzao, Maroc- Hassan Wabhi Vertiges ─ Terre Bleue Éditions, France Gandhi Express ─ Buchet-Chastel, France – Fabrice Gaignault Southwestern Indian Jewelry ─ Abbeville Press, USA – Dexter Cerrillo The Spirit of Palestine ─ The Noble Heritage Foundation, UK – Essays The Art of Ojime ─ Abrams, USA – Robert Kinsey The Spirit of Folk Art ─ Abrams, USA – Henry Glassy Behind the Mask in Mexico ─ Abrams, USA – Janet Brody Esser

Press Marie-Claire, Elle, Libération, Lire, La Vie, W Magazine, VanityFair, Le Monde, Géo, Spiegel…

International stories Kosovo, Nicaragua, Mexico, Israël, Palestine, Libanon, Nothern ireland, United States, Zambia, India, Liberia, Tunisia, Bulgaria, China, Albania…

Institutionnal Alstom Transport, Alstom Power, Arcelor-Mittal, Lafarge, RTE, St Gobain, Hachette, Total…

Lens Art Photography 2015 ─ Special mention Hasselblad Masters 2010 ─ Finalist, catégory : EDITORIAL

Links LAS galerie: http://www.lasgalerie.com

Vers un nouveau paradigme, Michel Monteaux, dessinateur



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