Mederic Turay

Visionary, thoughtful as much as intuitive, Mederic Turay uses his talents to participate in raising awareness by telling the most beautiful as well as the hardest stories. This multidisciplinary storyteller lives his art as a privilege and uses a plurality of techniques to create entities, sometimes figurative, sometimes abstract, which become the protagonists of his graphic stories.

His style and the themes he deals with reflect his cosmopolitan life journey and his West African origins. Descendent of a royal family of the Akan people in present-day Côte d’Ivoire, Mederic only got to know his country of origin as a teenager when he returned from the United States where he grew up. His cultural mix which explains his constant quest for balance in duality, influences the way he builds his works.

Trained in Fine Arts, he easily got rid of stylistic constraints by drawing from the material and the process which allow him to best express his point. This is how he combines his talent for music and writing with his passion for painting and sculpture, multiplying albums and first artistic prizes. The maturity and humility he acquired through travel and meetings with other recognized artists of his generation and the previous one allowed him to focus on the visual arts and to assert his unique style.

2020: Exhibition « Prêtes-moi ton rêve », Abidjan, IVORY COAST
2019: Atlas of a Shaman Aedo, Giovanni Bonelli, Milan, ITAL
2019: Itinerary of a Story Teller, Galerie des Bains, Geneva, SWITZERLAND
2019: Child Soldier Group Show, Drouot, Paris, FRANCE
2018: African Dandy, Gallery Out of Africa, Barcelona, SPAIN
2017: Chelsea Football Club for NIKE, London, UNITED KINGDOM
2017: African Dreamer, Galerie 38, Casablanca, MOROCCO
2016: AIRPORT VIP LOUNGE, Donwahi Foundation, Abidjan, IVORY COAST
2015: Unlimited Morocco, BCK Gallery, Marrakech, MOROCCO
2015: African Art is Beautiful, Cherkaoui Foundation, Tangier, MOROCCO
2014: Liberation unmasked, Gallery Sulger Buel Lovell, London, UNITED KINGDOM 2014: Traces of Humanity, Gallery Out of Africa, Barcelona, SPAIN
2013: Centre Culturel Français, Abidjan, IVORY COAST
2012: Art and integration in Africa with Sea Plaza, Dakar, SENEGAL
2009: La Croix Rouge, Abidjan, IVORY COAST
2006: Mirroir, Sofitel, Abidjan, IVORY COAST
2001: Galerie Art pluriel , Abidjan, IVORY COAST
1999: L’Enfance, Embassy of Italy, Abidjan, IVORY COAST