It's difficult to forget Médéric Turay's colourfull art work which decorated the wall of Mohamed VI Modern & Contemporary Museum of Rabat (Morocco) in April 2017 during the cultural event "Africa in Capital". After his exhibition in December 2017/January 2018 in Casablanca, Médéric Turay returns to Barcelona to present his new exhibition "African Dandy" in Out of Africa Gallery from March 10th through April 15th.
The faces of his strange figures recall African masks as Turay's style is influenced by other cultures and alternates between impressionism, cubism and graffiti.
Beneath his look of a rapper, which is perhaps linked to his first career as a singer, Turay is really a poet at heart, one who followed a classical education in art. He's inspired by great painters such as Picasso and Basquiat and in his latest works, you can detect the Mona Lisa, Venus or the Ginga queen, revisited in the eccentricity of Turay.
This 39-year-old artist is in constant search of the perfect expressoin of his style, which he calls "Trace", named for the cultural mix reflected in his work. This cultural mix, including his American influences and his African roots, is a combination of Western modernity and African tradition. He can create a Mona Lisa with the soul of an African. The tribal side, the "Art Brut" is one of his components. For him, art is experimental. To give life to his figures, he doesn't just paint, he assembles and cuts and pastes and uses coffee grounds in his work.
His inspirations are his daily life, the news and his immediate environment, All that he sees around him inspires his work. Africa and Morocco, where he's living and working, inspire him enormously: the colours and the atmosphere around him.
Today, Médéric's work hasn't gone unrecognized and attracts collectors from all over the world. The exhibition "African Dandy" will be a festival of colours of happy dandy African people.
Contemporary and tribal African art