Portrait de Maty Biayenda

Maty Biayenda

Maty Biayenda is a Franco-Congolese artist. Born in 1998, she was selected for the 2021 edition of the Reiffers Art Initiatives mentorship program. Student at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris, she creates small scenes and painted or woven portraits that question the multiple identities of the artist.

Buy back the block

Maty Biayenda, 2018

"Le Café"

Maty Biayenda, 2018

"Portrait de famille"

Maty Biayenda, 2018

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Maty Biayenda,

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Maty Biayenda, 2017

"Don't fetishize"

Maty Biayenda, 2019

Biography

Based in Paris, Maty Biayenda is a painter and illustrator. Born In Namibia in 1998, of French-Congolese origin, she grew up in Angoulême. Since 2018, she is a student at ENSAD,
Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, studying textile and material design. Through painted or woven scenes and portraits, Maty Biayenda questions her multiple identities. "My art has always been about who I am and the different path that I have been finding for myself. I'm trying to define my femininity and where I come". Some of Maty Biayenda's drawings could almost remind one of the hand-painted hair salons' signs in West African countries.
The work of the young artist captures slices of life in the daily lives of young Afro-European women. It is an implicit challenge to the monolithic and clichéd way in which they are sometimes represented. But also a refreshing response to the many challenges of our time, with the emphasis on #BlackLivesMatter or #Bodypositivity, and the need for LGBT inclusion or representation in the media. "I felt the need to advocate for us, the black youth, through a different perspective. My art practice is about the world I live in as well as my own experiences."

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"Biayenda, the teenager who drew black women"
— Nothing But The Wax, 2017

"Oils on A4 paper sheets, some of Maty Biayenda's drawings could almost be reminiscent of the hand painted signs in West African hairdressing salons. But the comparison ends there. This young artist's work captures slices of young Afro-European women’s daily life. An implicit tackle to the monolithic and cliché way they are usually represented. But also a refreshing and fair response to the many challenges brought by our time, with accents of #BlackLivesMatter or #Bodypositivity, and the need for LGBT inclusion or representativeness in the media. 'I felt the need to defend us, black youth, from a different perspective. My drawings reflect both the generation to which I belong and my feminine side. My artistic practice speaks about the world I live in.' Showing her illustrations to an audience wasn't really part of the plan. 'My brother introduced me to Instagram when I was 15.' And the social network turned into an unvoluntary springboard for her. Her creations had such a positive impact and echo that requests for interviews, collaborations or even exhibitions were quick to arrive. Instagram has become her gallery."