Born in 1927 in Nowy Sacz (Poland), Maryan's unclassifiable work unfolds at the crossroads of expressionism and figuration. With hope, derision, sarcasm and bite, the artist, whose sensitivity is rooted in traumatic personal experience, became, throughout his career, a singular witness of his time.
“I don't force anyone to like my painting, but I don't want it to be labeled anything, for example: denunciatory painting, unbridled aggressiveness... [...] As far as my painting is concerned, I officially declare that I would rather have it called ‘truth‑painting’.” (MARYAN, excerpt from the catalogue Ariel42, from Ariel gallery, Paris, February 1977)
Maryan's first solo exhibition at kamel mennour is planned for spring 2022, offering an opportunity for the public to discover an essential body of work that, in all its fascinating and enigmatic dimensions, continues to speak with great beauty and relevance to the collective psyche today.
Maryan S. Maryan died in 1977 in New York. His works are part of prestigious collections around the world, including the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Museum of Jewish Art and History (mahJ) (Paris), the MuMa (Le Havre, France), the Museum of Tourcoing (France), the LAAC - Lieu d’Art et d’Action Contemporaine (Dunkerque, France), the Centre d’Art Contemporain de l’abbaye d’Auberive (France), the Museum of Grenoble (France), the Collections de l’État Français, the mumok (Vienna, Austria), the Staatliches Museum (Berlin, Germany), the Staatliches Museum Schwerin (Germany), the Municipal Museum of The Hague (Netherlands), the Kunsten - Museum of Modern Art Aalborg (Denmark), the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israel), the MoMA (New York), the Guggenheim Museum (New York) the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, USA), the Art Institute of Chicago (USA), the Spertus Museum (Chicago, USA), the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art (Chicago, USA), the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, USA), the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA).