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  • Margaux Derhy was born in France to a French mother and a Moroccan father. She studied at Central Saint Martins (CSM) and later pursued the MA Painting at the Royal College of Art (RCA). She currently lives and works between Paris and Massa, Morocco.


    Her artistic work is rooted in family narratives and her Franco-Moroccan heritage, creating a reflection on emotional bonds, transmitted memories, and the empty spaces left by the absent, while exploring the multiple facets of pluridentity.

    She develops an experimental practice that combines painting, sewing machine work, and traditional hand embroidery while also
    exploring ceramics as a separate discipline.


    The community plays a central role in her approach, through the establishment of a residency and a group of embroiderers in Massa, the foundation of the women artists' collective Le Cercle de l'Art or the writing of the artist guide "Le Backpack de l'Artiste". In each project, there is a deep commitment to fostering artistic exchange and creating opportunities for economic stability.


    She attended several residencies including Al Maqam in Marrakech, Morocco (2021), Enamoura in Marseille, France (2020), Studio Kura in Fukuoka, Japan (2018) or Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, South Africa (2017) and is running the Massa Stories residency in Morocco since 2019. She is included in the Soho House Collection and was selected for the Dentons Art Prize 2020.


    Her work has been shown in a number of exhibitions. Some of the most recent ones include: "D'une Rive à l'Autre" by Artybox (Casablanca); Eros Hypnotica" by Artwork in Promess, Paris (2022); Spring Agency show, Paris (2021); AoraIII by Aora Space, London (2021); Rongulaire by Tatiss, Lyon (2020); TwentyTwenty Women by The Artistellar, online (2020); Ddessin Art Fair, Paris (2020); Sunday Art Fair, London (2019) with A.Romy Gallery or Investec Art Fair, Cape Town (2018).

    5 étonnantes portraitistes qui manient le fil avec talent




    Portfolio presentation for Le Cercle de l'Art - Paris

    Duo Show at Artybox by curator Achraf Remok - Casablanca

    Menart Art Fair with Le Cercle & Revie Projects - Paris

    Akaa Art Fair with Revie Projects - Paris (upcoming)

    Group show at Larock Granoff Gallery - Paris (upcoming)



    Group show "Eros Hypnotica" by Artwork in Promess - Paris

    Portfolio presentation for Le Cercle de l'Art - Paris

    Sculpture for Le Casino de Paris - Paris

    In-situ Fresco for La Noceria - Paris

    In-situ painting for Merci Paris Apartement - Paris



    Group show "If The House Catches Fire" at Chapelle XIV - Paris

    RCA graduate show at Cromwell Place - London

    Group show by Spring Agency - Paris

    Group show "Latence" by Chloé Bonnie More - Paris

    Virtual group show "Aora:III" by curator Jennifer Ellis - London



    Dentons Art Prize shortlisted - London

    RCA WIP show at the Royal College of Arts (RCA) - London

    Snapshot group show at Hockney Gallery (RCA) - London

    A starry exhibition by Artwork in Promess - Paris

    Ddessin Paris Art Fair invited by Eve de Medeiros - Paris

    TwentyTwenty Women by The Artistellar (online) - London

    Rongulaire by Galerie Tatiss - Lyon



    Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, performance on the collective memory subject with Central Saint Martins - London

    Group show "Human Manifesto", curated by the Feminist Society at Central Saint Martins - London

    Interim show with Central Saint Martins at Apiary Studios - London

    Auction "Tresor à la Carte" organized by Watever at Galeries Lafayette Anticipations - Paris

    Group show "A Smaller Scale" at Ebony - Cape Town

    "En Cas de Pluie" for Atelier Stories with Jeune Création & Réseau Friche - Paris

    Group show with Wilo & Grove - Paris

    Group show "I live in an art gallery #1" by Atelier Stories - Geneva

    Sunday Art Fair, off Frieze with A. Romy - London

    Solo Show "Mémoire Vive" with KissmyArt Paris - Paris



    Embryonica, open studio at Central Saint Martins - London

    Superflat Memory, residency show at Studio Kura - Itoshima (Japan)

    Group show for AB-Kobo launching with limited embroideries on tee-shirts - Paris

    Group show "Memories we might have" by HATSH - Paris

    Group show "OPEN STUDIOS - Voyage Voyage" - Paris

    Duo Show with Gabriel Folli for Private Place Project - Paris

    Group Show "Shelves, Hangers, Desks" à la Galerie Le Coeur - Paris

    Group Show "Here and now" at Greatmore Studios - Cape Town

    Cape Town Art Fair with Greatmore Studios - Cape Town



    Solo show "90 Great Days, no More" at Galerie Fatiha Selam - Paris

    Residency solo show "90 Great Days, no More" at Greatmore Studios - Cape Town

    Group show " Throughlines" at Greatmore Studios - Cape Town

    Open Studios at Ateliers Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris (ABA) - Paris

    Group show at Artwork in Promess - Paris

    Group show at Galerie Daniez et de Charette - Paris

    Group show "Garder Le Cap" at Galerie Valerie Delaunay - Paris





    2024: Jaal Resort Residency - Marrakech (upcoming)

    2022: Clay Ceramic Residency - Marseille

    2021: Residency Al Maqam - Marrakech

    2021: La Source Garouste Iturria - Bayonne

    2021: Residency Enamoura - Marseille

    2019, 2020, 2022: Massa Stories - South Agadir

    2018: Studio Kura - Fukuoka

    2017: Greatmore Studios - Cape Town

    2015: La Ira de Dios - Buenos Aires





    Beaux Arts Magazine / Sarah Belmont / 5 étonnantes portraitistes qui manient le fil avec talent

    L'officiel des Galeries et Musées / Nadège Besnard-Roussel / Les mémoire ravivées de Margaux Derhy

    Visible Média / Olympe Ditner / Encourager et soutenir les jeunes femmes artistes

    Maroc 24 / Faouzia Marouf / Margaux Derhy, au fil de la broderie

    Art et Décoration / Caroline Appert / Trois questions à Margaux Derhy

    Les Echos / Charlotte Merlet / Vers un cercle vertueux de l'art

    Femmes d’Art / Marie Stéphanie Servos / Femmes d’Art #0, trois questions à Margaux Derhy

    Artistik Rezo / Mona Dortindeguey / Le Cercle de l’art, un nouveau modèle

    Boum! Bang! / Ariane Serck / La couleur de l'enfance

    Quotidien de l’Art / Armelle Malvoisin / Margaux Derhy à Ddessin

    Paablo / Grégoire Prangé / What if I can’t remember to remember him ?

    Article by Didier Goupil / Mémoire Vive

    Revue Profane #5 / Carine Soyer / Une double vie

    Littérature Mineure / Marie-Laure Dagoit /Tiny Book "Mémoire Vive"





    Massa Stories / Tara Benveniste / Massa Stories, la résidence

    Chamade / Marie Girardin Lépine / Toute ma vie se situe autour du domaine de la peinture

    Innover dans le monde de l'art / Lyse de Quillacq / Le Cercle de l'Art

    Generation XX / SihamJibril / #48 Margaux Derhy, artiste peintre





    Le Cercle de l'Art Founder

    Le Backpack de l'Artiste Author

    Les Amis des Artistes Founding Member

    Massa Residency Hostess

    Art Thinking Collective Member





    2019-2021 : MA Painting, Royal College of Art (RCA) - London

    2018-2019 : Postgraduate Diploma Art & Science (Fine Arts), Central Saint Martins - London

    2015-2018 : Cycle Intensif Glacière des Ateliers Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris (ABA), atelier Gonzalo Belmonte - Paris