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PRESS RELEASE / 26TH APRIL, 2016
Galerie Itinerrance is proud to present the first solo show of Victorien Liria, aka Maye.
Maye (born in Sète in 1990) lives and works in Montpellier. He is a self-taught artist who has always been passionate about drawing. Around 2004, he
started to practice graffiti, mostly to develop and experiment with letters. In 2013 he started to paint on canvas in addition to his street work. Canvas has
allowed him to use the techniques he developed in the street on a more permanent medium. As part of this shift, his work evolved from writing letters
to making figurative paintings.
His studio work is very narrative and based on his personal experiences, memories, and imagination. He depicts allegoric situations, centered around
lanky human figures interacting with their direct environment. He plays with depth, textures and light effects to create chaotic landscapes, where nature
takes over the ruins of a modern civilization. In that same way, his characters are a mix of natural and artificial elements.
For his first solo show, Maye chose to bring the spectator into three aspects of his world. With his characters submerged in polluted water, he shows
us that life can persist, even in a hostile environment. Delicate butterflies co-exist with rusted objects and floating garbage. On other canvases, the
characters seem to float in minimal backgrounds. The closer we get, the more we are able to appreciate the details that compose the men and women
represented. Each figure is covered with elements revealing their personal story. Finally, Maye eliminates colors in his representations of gigantic figures
walking through urban landscapes. Here, one can see various humorous situations.
For his first solo exhibition Maye invites us to discover his complex world while projecting our own interpretation onto it.
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