“I paint abstraction with energetic abandon until colors and emerging shapes tell me all about who I am.”
May Clémenté is a self-taught artist who was born in Martinique. Primarily known for her abstract style and cheerful choice of colors, May mostly works with acrylic paints and coffee pigments but also dabbles with oils and watercolors. To date, she has exhibited in New York, Barbados, Guadeloupe and Martinique and worked on various artistic projects with institutions in her country. After graduating in Communication at the University of Bordeaux, May worked in New York in the Travel Industry. At present, she is a full-time artist who lives between her native island and Paris. May is inspired by the works of Pollock and Monet as well as the vivid colors and gorgeous scenery on Martinique. These influences are apparent in her artwork which is characterized by rich palettes and textured surfaces with generous uses of bright, undiluted, and vibrant colors. What often emerges from her work is an intriguing combination of abstraction, impressionism and semi figurative in a constant search for balance. She favors very large canvases which allow for wide brushstrokes, physical engagement and more intimate contact with the painting. May is currently affiliated with Artblend Gallery in Florida and has exhibited globally in various solo and group exhibitions.