Maite y Manuel
(1996, Uruguay / 1991, Uruguay)
Maite Garcia Argul (1996) and Manuel Puig (1991) are a duo of painters born in Uruguay and currently living in Mallorca. Maite studied graphic design and Manuel multimedia design. Both created in 2019 Gabinete Exquisito, a design and illustration studio based in Barcelona.
Oscillating between figuration and abstract expressionism, the authors define their pictorial work as "an aggressive but innocent fight". Their experience as cartoonists and designers of characters and mascots before devoting themselves entirely to painting is reflected in the imagery of their work, characterised by the appearance of creatures, characters, figures and imaginary friends who invade austere spaces of their everyday life such as tables, carts and messy rooms.