TURAY MEDERIC (1979) is an Ivorian mixed media painter and sculptor. He received his higher education at various arts institutions from 1997-2005; Centre Techniques des Arts Appliques de Bingerville, Académie des Beaux Arts de Cocody and Atelier international Abidjan and Paris. Mederics’s work is continuously in search of new methods to ‘read’ the urban landscape. His paintings and sculptural paintings are abstract and figurative in style.
Influenced by the dynamism of popular culture motifs, the playful nature of childhood drawings and urban art, and simplistic form as depicted in Paleolithic cave painting, Mederic interweaves painted figures, print media and word play. Mederic has termed this visual language of semiotic metaphors ‘trace’. “Trace; the need for absolute sobriety, deprivation, the need to go to the elemental form, the parameters restricted to the essentials; with the building blocks of our African roots. A methodical ritual that invites you to travel mentally to other places, other stories and in history” Mederic’s artworks demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between self and other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. Each piece of this body takes part of a whole, elements of a game (life) which come together, visually juxtaposing a society of servile instruments of aggressive despotism and one of ‘free minded’ individuals, emancipated from both mental and physical enslavement.
He was recipient of the Henri Matisse residency in France (2015) where he was housed in the very room Matisse stayed in. He has had solo exhibitions in Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Spain, and has exhibited in group shows in Abijan, Washington DC, Spain and London.