Óganu grew up in London and very little else is known of his youth except that he attended LCA. His family were relatively well financed and Mathieu grew up with ease, painting, and taking photographs.
It was rumoured in The Sun, May 23 2001, that Ógan had slept with Kate Moss, and this accusation led to Ógan leaving London and buying a residence in Brittany. He returned to his then studio in Hackney to complete his second mainstream portfolio, predictably named I Didn't Fuck Moss, but on his own account he changed it later to Pictures From The Escape.
Ógan's most acclaimed picture is entitled "Noah, why hast thou forsaken me?", taken from his Pictures From The Escape folio, and the piece won him an award (although not an overall winning award) during the 2005 Becks Futures presented by acclaimed critic Edgar West. West is reportedly meant to have claimed that the picture was "absolute bollocks" and if he had "been judging, not presenting" he would have "burnt it, not prized it".
Up until 2007 Ógan has released two portfolios which have made the mainstream.
In 2000 this folio was released, and it shows pictures from around inner London, portraying it in a vulgar and immoral way. The debauched scenes in many photos were shocking, yet Ógan claims this is what really happens. The overall tone of the folio is that of dirt and grime, and the dull and dark scenes illustrate the deprived nature of some of the city's inhabitants.
With an altogether different mood emerging from this folio it was greeted with much acclaim in 2005. The "escape" being from London to Brittany, and the pictures rarely feature any people, and focus on shapes, colours, scale, and nature. "Noah, why hath thou forsaken me?" secured Ógan the dell'Arte Prize for Surrealism, and the picture took centre stage in his gallery, Number Forty7.
Currently Ógan resides in Brittany with his partner Marie, and his cat Douglas. He also lectures at the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in Brittany.
London Tourist Board and the information available at Tate Modern on artists also provided a lot of knowledge on Mathieu Ógan.