“Truth is the perception of which man presents ideas of its time… Finding traces and proof of our true existence is an Art.”
Toure Mohamed Mederic Oumar Winceslas “Mederic Turay” was born into a diverse family. His father was a Colonel of the Ivory Coast’s Military, and he show to be rebellion in the family not wanting to follow the same path: his mother university graduate and work a long career as an executive secretary in Abidjan. At a young age of 4, Mederic father was transferred to Washington D.C where he landed in a brave new world. Admiring art at an early age of 7, his love for cartoons, trips to the museums, and art exhibitions attended by his parents gave him all the inspiration he needed. At the age of 12, he replicated Vincent Van Gogh – The Prison, and adopted a love for fine art.
Mederic returned to Ivory Coast in 1994 at 15 years of age, and immediately enrolled at the CTAA (Centre Techniques de Art Appliquée) instead of local high school. Fortunately, his access to foreign education and knowledge of world and Arts, Mederic was top his class and was accepted to INSAAC ABIDJAN (Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l'Action Culturelle) where he quickly started to make his name for himself in the local art scene. This was his introduction to a cultural avant-garde, in which young artists were encouraged to express themselves. In 1997 after winning Best Young Artist, SIFCOM Group, his confidence and desire to share his art with the world began.
Mederic’s artistic style expresses an idea of “Artphomanism”. Love for life, and constant search for the truth of our existence, history, discoveries, and unknown human evolution. He identifies realism and captures/identifies our human intervention in nature’s course of life. The fundamental philosophy of Humans needing to leave “Traces” of content, objects, technologies and marks on the planet and cavitations as it progresses. Which make our actions, progress, and retrogressions as a species of complex individual, groups and kin’s living in a world of coincidences. This philosophy gives inspirations to transcend human expression which he labels as “Art”.
Lover of neo-Expressionism and Picasso's cubist compositions, or Francis Bacon, complex portraits, he creates his style "Traces", which is rooted in an existential relationship with the world in which everyone can identify. Combining different materials, Mederic builds, cuts, accumulates, composes, with energy and spontaneity.