Bryan Ley is a French painter of Peruvian origin. He was born in Lima in 1988. He lives and works in Haute-Vienne (France). Graduated from the Van der Kelen Higher School of Decorative Painting in Brussels, he has been practicing figurative painting since the beginning of his career. His recent work is characterized by the use of acrylic or industrial paint worked in monochrome and used on materials such as fabric colors or patterns stretched on frame, or wood. His characters, often represented alone, create an atmosphere that intrigues and fascinates the viewer.
"Bryan Ley's paintings trap our gaze. Are we facing photographs? The deliberate choice of black and white contributes to disturb us as well as the amazing mastery of drawing in accordance with the acrylic worked in monochrome. There stops the confusion, because the artist is a painter and asks his medium for expressive qualities to serve a real offbeat. Either he diverts the objectivity of the subject by a framing playing the surprise, or he is attached to the contrasts dispensing mystery. Illusionism is at the heart of plastic issues to which it gives answers. The image is free of interpretation. Found on the internet, inspired by photos from magazines, it abandons its envelope. Bryan Ley retains its iconic charge which he transcribes with pictorial ease for a very different incarnation. His transpositions involve diurnal and nocturnal modulations, twilight contrasts of another order. The setting in situation of the actors introduced in a pictorial space contributes to inflect the image by relieving it of its anonymous character." Lydia Harambourg