"I have always had strong emotions in front of these old deteriorated photos, degraded by time: it is a very strong source of inspiration . My work is characterized by a two-stage pictorial act: the subject of the canvas and the bottom of the canvas itself. First, I draw the subject on the canvas with bleach ... Then I work on the bottom of the canvas through drips and splashes of bleach in order to magnify the subject itself. I lose control of the painting at this time ... the traces of bleach transform the canvas itself”
Mucyo is a Rwandese/French contemporary visual artist who graduated from Paris 8 University where he studied fine art. He developed and kept exploring his own unique style based on the “bleaching process" of textile. Mucyo experimented the technique of "délavement" (Bleach) in 2004 for the first time while studying art at the University of Vincennes, Paris 8. During the same period of time, he became closely connected to the world of street art through influential graffiti artists in the Parisian scene. From then on, he has made his pictorial experiments by drawing inspiration from urban art and African culture.
With an incisive and percussive graphic style, he draws faces, moments of life and personalities on dark fabrics burned by bleach, enhancing the "vintage" effect.
On creating his own,unreplicable world, he says:
“I can influence the direction, the movement of the burn, but never predefine it. Unlike painting or adding external elements, I burn the fabric, I remove the color, the very material, to create the emotion.”
Most of his creations were made during trips -to Africa, America, Asia and Europe- where he immerses himself in the local experience in order to absorb his surroundings as much as possible before paying tribute to the country's history, culture or people through his artworks.
"Ultimately, that's all I want to do, traveling, experimenting, connecting and sharing by creating; people give me hope and I have faith in them...What I give back is nothing compared to the richness they allowed me to feel and see just by opening their doors and their hearts."
"I want to give back to the people who inspired me, and to the ones who will inspire others...
If I could be a source of inspiration to even one soul,then a part of my mission will be accomplished.”
That is why I value donating to and fundraising for great human and animal causes: anything that has to do with ... Social, environmental, political, and humanitarian issues is essential and has to be communicated to the public ;
We are who we are because of others, it’s the artist’s duty to raise awareness, spark beauty or magic to anyone who will open their eyes, mind and heart.... I communicate with a picture the way a musician does with a note to create emotions.”
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