Born in 1974 in Armenia, Colombia, Didier “Jaba” Mathieu moved to Liege, Belgium to further his studies in Illustration at St. Luc Institution of Arts. Didier Jaba Mathieu or widely known by his moniker – “Jaba” painted murals around the world for more than 25 years. He exhibited widely in art galleries around Europe and South America before relocation to Singapore to join Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucasfilm Ltd where he worked as a concept artist and digi-matte painter on feature films such as Transformers, Iron Man and Star Trek.
Futurism, alphabetic constructivism, and facial cubism constitute the work of Jaba. He continues to practise on multidisciplinary levels and participates in countless graffiti performances all over Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. As an extension to his enthusiasm and energy for illustration, Jaba also lectured at Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore, focusing on Matte Painting, Environment, and Character Design. He has just published ENEMIES, a graphic novel released in 2015 with Ankama Editions France.
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