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What happened to the artist who came from a small village?


French artist MAYE began as a street artist, a graffiti artist who makes works in abandoned buildings in the south of France, and today he is a name in the whole world. Inviting you to read and understand its unique story and style, which combines the culture from which the narrator came to a complete story in each piece!

Who is this guy? Victorian Lyrie, or his street name MAYE (Instagram: May’s name is Maya) is a young, small street artist, raised near the Provence-area Camargue Reserve in the south of France. He studied art at school on walls in 2013, but he can’t believe he’ll come with his art to where he is today! It grows in a small place, connected to nature and far from the land city, but life can come as a surprise.

One of his most beautiful works, which also tells the story of his life (like many clues in his personal life) is in our favorite area of ​​Paris – the 13th district! This is a neighborhood that until a few years ago you were considered Chinatown, the modern area that nobody wants to live in, because it does not look like ‘classic Paris’ we all know. However, a few years ago the head of the district, Jerome Coumet, was elected and he set himself the task – to make his district the most colorful and colorful in Paris! And so he did, he runs the open-air gallery project of Quarter 13, inviting great artists from France and the world to come and paint impressive and large street artwork in the neighborhood. To date, the gallery has hosted 26 different street artists from 12 countries, creating 35 huge works in the neighborhood, and the hand is still slanted!


MAYE’s work in the Thirteenth Quarter stands out above the others for its striking background color – it is not a pleasing yellow to the eye, and in its center – a man, like a tramp, rides none other than a flamingo! The work is eye-catching, but not many know that every detail of it, from the smallest to the larger, signifies something in the artist’s life and has a clear intention.

We are here to find out and open your eyes 🙂

The cartoonist is no different from the artist himself, who as a recurring motif, paints himself or his version in most works, usually he also holds a non-realistic spray can. Here MAYE presents himself as an almost ornate don. The artist draws a lot of inspiration from Spanish culture, also because the culture she grows up is French – on the Spanish border, so he doesn’t just look like a European cowboy. The way he represents his body is also related to Spanish culture and artist Salvador Dali, so the body is almost decomposed, fluid and very long. But instead of riding a horse, we see him on a kind of flamingo (which is also planted in its place and not moving even though the man is right in the middle of a jump), here, too, there is a connection to the artist’s origin, because in the Kamerg reserve there are many Flamingos.

What else do we learn from the small details in the piece? Take a good look, out of the can of the spray can be no color but colorful butterflies, including many very small animals hiding – near the wanderer / artist’s head there are tiny bees and the flamingo leg has a kind of snake which is actually a page of characters – the artist is also an amateur musician The character presence and the tramp / artist almost seemed to sing as he rode. MAYE is, in addition to a tattoo artist, as well as a lot of tattoos, including the fingers of his hands, just like the work. The written letters of his fingers and his hands are also his son’s name.

You can see that on the other hand MAYE holds perhaps the most touristy French icon – a small Eiffel Tower as a keychain, in our opinion, that’s the heart of the message of this beautiful piece. The artist says that when he was younger and clattering on walls in southern France, he never dreamed of getting where he is today, and did not believe that art would bring him economic wealth and other life. This visual symbol is that art is the one that opened to MAYE the door to the big city – Paris, recognition and success.

This is one of the works that you can really dwell on and look at for hours, and every time something new, with interesting context and meaning, recommends that you look and find your point of view and your understanding of each piece and its fun! Of course we would love to hear your interpretation and how the work has influenced you.

We Recommend continuing to roam our blogs to read more about blooming Parisian street art!

Hope we encouraged you to go out and explore some more street art, and maybe we opened you up to the appetite for the buzzing scene that Paris has to offer in the field! If you are visiting the city and would like to join our street art tour of the Thirteenth District of Paris you can click here!

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