Art Basel: Combining Canvases and Mobile Devices


From street art to avant-garde, digital age artist Phil MacQuet’s unique and interactive art uses high definition images combined with digital screens to make his pieces come alive through the interaction with a mobile device. His never before seen work, street / digital is making its world premiere Saturday night during Art Basel.

phil2MacQuet has been using the computer as a means of expression for more than 20 years, as he witnessed its birth and took an interest in the advent of the sophisticated machines. MacQuet has taken art and technology one step further by developing a smart phone application which scans digital stencils from specific pieces of his art. The application then takes the user to an online video or images, sometimes with sound, that describe the meaning of that particular image within the context of the art piece, allowing the observer to experience a vivid and breathtaking view of the art.

With street / digital the artist tells stories through the interaction of his canvasses with mobile devices, where images come to life, and suddenly the art is seen in two different mediums at the same time, in two different ways.

 FearsMacQuet has a Master in Arts and Image Technology from La Sorbone, and Arts and Technology of The Arts from DEA Normale Superior in Cachan. As an entrepreneur, he has founded and involved with technology related businesses, including the web agency “Silicon-Salad”. Born in Paris, France; MacQuet is passionate about 17th Century French painting and collects works from several 19th Century schools. “Phil MacQuet’s academic formation combined with his technology training and passion for art, produced this unique series” said Bernard Markowicz, owner of Markowicz Fine Art Gallery. The gallery holds exclusive representation of MacQuet’s work in the United States.

As part of his portfolio the artist has been commissioned to produce portraits for personalities such as fashion designers Diane Von Furstenberg and Paul Smith, as well as several corporate clients; MacQuet created the “Pixelize Me” series for a clientele that is looking to own pieces of art that tell the stories of their lives in a unique way.

 TO GO: Opening reception Street / Digital, Saturday, December 7 from 6pm – 9pm. Markowicz Fine Art, 114 Northeast 40th Street, Miami. For info: or 786.362.5546.

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