Maye's street art makes a statement and proclaims its faith despite the constraints and uncertainties of Covid.
Maye (b. 1990), Vers un monde meilleur, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 146 x 97 cm/57.4 x 38.1 in.
The sale at the Eiffel Tower (canceled due to the new health measures), which would have closed the annual edition of District 13 Art Fair if it had taken place, was finally held at Drouot. The "little guy" of the selection, the young French street artist Maye (b. 1990), carried off the highest bid at €42,250. The work's title, Vers un monde meilleur (Towards a Better World), was clearly relevant and provided a touch of optimism: a factor that may have been significant. Victorien Liria (his real name) is a self-taught artist from Sète, who came to this graphic art form via the hip-hop culture. He gives expression to his world on walls and canvas alike, conveying his messages through allegory. Surrealism is often evoked as regards the supple, slender figures that fill his works, crossing through them as though floating in the air. In 2013, like many artists, he moved from the wall to the canvas to perpetuate his work. The style of Shepard Fairey, born in Charleston in 1970, is a very different matter. He is already established as a "classic", or at least among the foremost top artists. A spray-paint stencil and collage of 2019, a one-of-a-kind piece bearing his slogan Make Art, Not War (55 x 40 cm/21.6 x 15.7 in)—a huge project in itself—garnered €28,600. Meanwhile, Rod-1 (138 x 50 x 130 cm/54.3 x 19.6 x 51 in), a strange decomposing body by Brusk (born in 1976 and part of the Lyon scene), a unique work of 2015 with a structure in resin and breeze blocks making ironic reference to Rodin, oozed away on its base at €26,000.