The artist Mederic Turay works in abstract and figurative painting, synthesising African cultural and figurative ancestry with western iconographic influences. This linguistic “koine” harmonises the classical compositional structure of Ancient Greece with the tradition of sub-Saharan masks and Shamanism, placing the ritual dimension of the latter in perfect synergy with Western, and more contemporary aesthetic dimensions.
The artist uses a diverse range of techniques, employing oil painting, acrylic, and pastels as well as more unusual materials such as coffee or other natural substances. Thereby, he creates an amalgam of heterogeneous, yet delicately composed iconographic elements. Mederic Turay’s works suggest an atavistic energy, alluding to a universal past and a dimension of infantile expression, while the artist considers himself a narrator through images, where stories and dreams seamlessly fuse.
"Stories help us learn from the past and plan for the future. I believe in the existence of a universal (and especially visual) grammar that transcends ethnic, cultural and religious barriers.The permanence of a universal collective memory, which unites the beings of the five continents through the millennia."
– Mederic Turay
Mederic Turay was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in 1979. The artist graduated from the INSAAC, Académie des Beaux-Arts in Abidjan, after attending the CTAA, Centre Technique des Art Appliqués Bingerville, equally in Abidjan. In 2005, he participated in the Atelier International in Abidjan and Paris, FR. Mederic Turay has widely exhibited in both Europe and Northern Africa; solo exhibitions were held in Italy and Switzerland (2019); the Cherkaoui Foundation, Tangier, MA (2015); or the Centre Culturel Français, Abidjan, CI (2013). His work is included in important public and private collections, among them the Charles Saatchi Collection, UK; the Fondation Donwahi, CI; and the collection of Museum Murcia, SP. Mederic Turay lives and works in Abidjan, CI.