Paul Yves Poumay

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Art to change society

Paul‐Yves Poumay has a background in finance and marketing, and extensive work experience in banking and insurance both in Belgium and in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Although his passion for art is rooted in childhood (his first prize for a photograph dates back to 1986, on the occasion of AGFA-GEVAERT competition for the Museum of Photography in Charleroi, Belgium), his job has kept him away from arts for several years. One day this situation unexpectedly changed and, following his heart, he decided to enroll in the Art Academy of Spa in Belgium.
He's been publishing various short essays about society, writing for the prestigious "Le Monde", the Belgian business newspaper, "L'Echo" and the daily newspaper "La Libre". He is also the founder (2017) of the non‐ profit organization AWI Art World Institute Asbl whose mission is to build a fairer and more sustainable world and contribute to human progress.

Provocative and ironic, hypersensitive and yet incredibly optimistic, Poumay's work has many intentions, but is precisely oriented towards others. Labelled as utopian, he expresses his indignation towards the corrosive power of money and imposes his status of "the most expensive artist in worldwide contemporary art scene". He transforms his own questions into a quirky expressionism, moving from the most colorful shades to the darkest tones. He is self‐taught and instinctive and, through the use of arts (painting, sculpture or photography) and absurdity, challenges the world of finance and shakes the foundations of our societies. He provokes reactions while condemning in particular the societal aberrations we are witnessing today. Paul Yves Poumay is the creator of the sculpture “The return of Don Quixote”, estimated at over € two billions.
He has been involved in residencies (RUC, Italian Alps and Villa‐R, Sicily) and important international group shows such as the Art Show Paris III (winner of the 2nd prize, 2019), the European Contemporary Art Fair in Strasburg (France, 2019) and the Hartexpo in Barcelona (Spain, 2019). His solo exhibition in Alemi Art Gallery (Leόn, Spain) – coinciding with Covid-crisis – closed before the official date, but has presented values surprisingly in tune with current times. During the lockdown he participated in "Hello World", a global Internet exhibition by Transcultural Exchange (Boston, USA) featuring cultural venues from 70 different countries. In 2019 he took part in the DF art project which has put on display a selection of his most recent sculptures at the Parc Floral in Paris (France) in October 2020.

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Prizes

1986

First prize for a photograph on the occasion of AGFA-GEVAERT competition for the Museum of Photography in Charleroi, Belgium

2019

Winner of the 2nd Prize for thr Art Show Paris III

Solo Exhibitions

2020

Alemi Art Gallery (Léon, Spain)

Group Exhibitions

2020

Mil@no Photo Award 2020, M.A.D.S Art Gallery - (Milan, Italy)

2020

DF Art Project - Parc Floral (Paris, France)

2020

Hello World - Online Art Project by Transcultural Exchange - (Boston, USA)

2019

Mega Art Gallery - L'Arte, i suoi colori e le sue forme - Art, its colors and forms - Corchiano (Rome, Italy)

2019

Art Nou Mil.lenni - Gallery - (Barcelona, Spain)

2019

HartExpo - Internacional de Arte Contemporanea - (Barcelona, Spain)

2019

European Contemporary Art Fair - (Strasbourg, France)

2019

Paris Art Show Paris - (Paris, France)

2019

The Hidden Truths - curated by Claudia Mantelli - Pisacane Gallery - (Milano, Italy)

Publications

2020

El arte consciente de Paul Yves Poumay, Arte Mision Blog (Madrid, Spain)

2020

L’artiste Paul-Yves Poumay s’engage pour contribuer à changer le monde, Génie de l'Art - Génie de l'Entreprise | Senzeo Art (Paris, France)

2020

Paul Yves Poumay, Art to change society, Ottica Contemporanea (Naples, Italy)

2020

Paul Yves Poumay, Circle Foundation for the Arts

2020

Paul Yves Poumay e i rintocchi della rivoluzione, Chiasmo Magazine (Rome, Italy)

2020

Artist Paul-Yves Poumay Discusses How Art Will Change Society, Cueva Gallery (Dublin, Ireland)

2020

Poumay o la idea de cambiar la sociedad a través del arte, La nueva cronìca (Léon, Spain)

2020

La voiture du futur sera celle qu’on ne fabriquera pas, L'Echo + La Libre (Bruxelles, Belgium)

2019

L'art pour changer la société, http://canolinecritiks.blogspot.com/ (Paris, France)

2019

Lettre ouverte à Mademoiselle Greta Thunberg, L'Echo (Bruxelles, Belgium)

2019

Pour une déclaration annuelle de CO2, Le Monde (Paris, France)

2019

Plaider pour le pouvoir d'achat, est-ce plaider contre le climat?, La Libre (Bruxelles, Belgium)

2018

Le "bank-system", le chantage déguisé des banques, La Libre (Bruxelles, Belgium)

2018

La politique naphtaline, La Libre (Bruxelles, Belgium)

2017

L'art pour refonder la finance, L'Echo (Bruxelles, Belgium)

2012

Prix, valeur et société immature, La Libre (Bruxelles, Belgium)

2011

La désindustrialisation financière, La Libre (Bruxelles, Belgium)

2011

Pour la création d'un comité d'éthique mondial, La Libre (Bruxelles, Belgium)

2011

Et si on cessait de léguer ses biens?, L'Echo (Bruxelles, Belgium)