Born in 1979 in Ivory Coast, Mederic Turay grew up in the United States where close contact with the artistic community allowed him to cement his development. He returned to Abijdan to pursue a childhood dream by obtaining his diploma in Fine Arts (INSAAC) in 2000 and was elected the same year as the leading young West African artist. Over the years, his artwork has contributed to his growing recognition and can be found in prestigious galleries worldwide. A virtuoso painter featuring a striking and original style, Mederic Turay’s work chrysalises a unique nervousness and intensity, in line with his own personality. An avid lover of Basquiat’ neo-expressionism, Picasso’s cubist composition, Bacon’s abstractions and Leonardo da Vinci’s genius, Mederic Turay’s approach takes root in an existential relation with the world identifiable by all. Blending diverse materials, Mederic Turay builds, cuts, accumulates, composes, with an energy and spontaneity synonymous with life’s moments, thus leaving his “traces”. “Truth is the perception of which man presents ideas of its time… Finding traces and proof of our true existence is an Art.” Mederic Turay
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