Portraits of The-Non-Existent-Bird - MARIO MURUA.

From 10 to 12 May 2020 - Museum. Institut du monde arabe.

  • Mario Murua, Portrait de l’Oiseau ... 1, 2004

    Portrait de l'Oiseau-Qui-N'Existe-Pas 1, 2004. Acrylic on paper, 57 x 38 cm. © Mario Murua. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • Murua, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird, 2005. Book-Bird, painted by the artist. Closed, 66 x 46 x 2 cm. Open, 120 x 100 x 46 cm. © Mario Murua. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • Mario MURUA, Book 3, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird, 2005. Artist book, totally painted by the artist, to be suspended and open as a bird, 65 x 60 x 121 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand 2018. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Mario Murua and The Estate of Claude Aveline.

  • Mario MURUA, Portrait of The Non-Existent-Bird 3.

    Portrait of The Non-Existent-Bird 3, 2004. Acrylic and oil on paper, laid down on canvas, 56 x 38 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand 2018. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Mario Murua.

  • Mario MURUA, Book 4, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird, 2005. Artist book, totally painted by the artist, open suspended, 274 x 62 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand 2018. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Mario Murua and The Estate of Claude Aveline.

PORTRAITS OF THE-NON-EXISTENT-BIRD - MARIO MURUA.
Claude Lemand.

Surrealist magic and sensationalist visions nurture Mario Murua’s œuvre, which flourished on the French scene of the 1980s. His trip to the Amazon was a source of inspiration for his vast paintings in which the forest stands out in all its splendour and power. Being an environmentalist, he painted a large composition to pay tribute to Chico Mendes, an activist of the environmental movement who was murdered.

Murua’s universe is immersed in a mystical atmosphere. Fairy-tale creatures live in it whilst symbols borrowed from ancient South American cultures also feature in it. It is a world that strives for a primary humanity and for a flawless magical beauty. Since Chile has once again become a democratic nation, Murua travels back and forth between Paris and Valparaiso.

The Birds of Mario Murua.

In 1995, Mario Murua was captivated by Claude Aveline’s poem and produced hundred Portraits artworks on paper, until 2019:

- Bird-books. Hanging and open, Murua’s big books unfold themselves into birds flying, the painted sheets of paper transform themselves into multicoloured wings, head and tail, recalling the birds of paradise from Latin America and from the artist’s surrealist and exuberant imagination.

- His Portraits of The-Non-Existent-Bird painted on paper are cosmic, aquatic-aerial beings bearing multiple wings and tentacles… They are immersed in an original and sidereal magma-color.

Copyright © Galerie Claude Lemand 2012.

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