Nathalie Du Pasquier (b. 1957, Bordeaux, France) is recognized for her painting practice and her design work, which she developed as a member of Memphis, the Milan-based group founded in 1981 by Ettore Sottsass. Before moving to Milan in 1979, Du Pasquier spent a year in Africa, living and traveling in Gabon, Mali, and Niger, where she was exposed to textiles and graphics. Self-taught, she used drawing as a starting point for her own designs, which were applied to textiles and used as the surface patterns for furniture.
In 1987, Du Pasquier shifted away from the design of graphic elements and dedicated herself principally to painting. Through her work, she explores various modes of representation, driven by her observation of the world and her interest in perception. She often works from models, painting still lifes that are not depictions of reality but increasingly abstract transformations of shapes and the relationships between various elements.
Du Pasquier’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at international institutions, including Centre Culturel Français, Naples (1991); Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Bahía Blanca, Argentina (1995); Centre Culturel Français, Milan (1998); Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (2004); Musée du Prieuré, Charolles, France (2007); Institut Français, Milan (2014); and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2016). She lives and works in Milan.