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erika meriaux

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Daphnee
daphnee, 2008 Oil on Canvas 40"60"
Birth-of-venus-bis
birth of Venus, 2008 Oil on Canvas 36" 46"
Cybele
Cybele, 2008 Oil on Canvas 42"58"
Cupidon
Psyche and Cupid, 2008 Oil on Canvas 18"24"
Danae
Danae, 2008 Oil on Canvas 16" 20"
Diane-and-acteon
Diane and Acteon, 2007 Oil on Canvas 24" 36"
Judgement-of-paris
Judgement of Paris, 2008 Oil on Canvas 24" 36"
Leda
Leda, 2007 Oil on Canvas 26" 40"
Pandora
Pandora, 2008 Oil on Canvas 18"24"
Pygmalion
Pygmallion, 2008 Oil on Canvas 18"24"
Rape-of-europa
the rape of Europa, 2007 Oil on Canvas 16" 20"
Pasiphae
Pasiphae and the white bull, 2008 Oil on Canvas 24" 36"
Orphee
Orpheus , 2008 Oil on Canvas 24" 48"
Cronos
rebellion of Chronos, 2008 Oil on Canvas 42"58"
Pasiphae_and_the_delale_s_cow
Pasiphae and the Cow or Daedalus, 2008 Oil on Canvas 34" 49"
Io
Io, 2009 Oil on Canvas 24"36"
Daedalus_and_icarus
Daedalus and Icarus, 2009 Oil on Canvas 30 40
Hippodamia_s_wedding
Wedding of Hippodamia, 2009 Oil on Canvas 48"58"
Cover_color
© 2009
Cover_color
IMAGE CREDITS © 2009
Abduction-of-helen
the abduction of Helen, 2009 Oil on Canvas
Helios
Helios, 2010 Oil on Canvas 30" 30"
Circe
Circe, 2010 Oil on Canvas 17" 32"
Pan_and_dionysus
Pan and Dionysus, 2010 Oil on Canvas 36" 48"
20110503100746-astraea2
Astraea, 2011 Oil on Canvas 25"33"
20110503101050-apollo-and-cassandra2
Apollo and Cassandra, 2011 Oil on Canvas 30"40"
20110503101211-pandora2
Pandora, 2011 Oil on Canvas 24" 30"
20110503101333-pandora2
20120425215239-leda_expecting
Leda expecting, 2012 Oil on Linen 18" 24"
20120601221942-attis
Attis, 2012 Oil on Linen 18" 24"
20120821162507-1_leda_rescuing_the_swan
leda rescuing the swan, 2012 Oil on Panel 12" 12"
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Paris
Birth year
1967
Lives in
Half Moon Bay
Works in
San Francisco
Statement

Erika Meriaux, figurative artist

Biography

Erika Meriaux is a self taught french artist who has been living in the bay area for 8 years.
She started painting 19 years ago.
Since then, she has always been passionate about painting, exploring different ways, searching various types of techniques.
In the Bay area she has shown her work in Palo Alto, San Mateo, Burlingame,  Carmel , El Cerrito, Redwood City and San Francisco, where her studio is located.


Artist Statement

Portraits and telling stories

Portraits are the main part of my work. My source can be from live models or painted from photographs, but my characters come essentially from my imagination.
They are people who incarnate the most representative archetypes of human conditions; from spirituality to propaganda, from lust to virtue, from loneliness to seduction, they become strong stereotypes and reflect my desire of telling stories. In many paintings I make,  composition accentuates the importance of the background, set as if it was a theater stage. It can be ornaments, gold leaf or machine works emphasizing the symbolic aspect of the scene.

During the past years, I have been working on a Tarot series, interpreting the 22 major Arcana (actually, the series is not finished yet, I have still 3 paintings to do to get the Arcana complete).  I leave  fortune telling to other, what interests me in the Tarot is that it’s a wonderful document , it precisely tells what were the preoccupations of the every day people who used to live in the XVI century. It’s a great compilation of images of popular art. It’s with this motivation I have been inspired to paint it, in a most contemporary way.
In a same state of mind, I am currently working on a series inspired by the most well known paintings of the History of Art... In Mythology as in Religious themes some subjects are recurring, Adam and Eve, Suzanne and the Elders, Diane and Acteon,  Leda, Psyche and Cupids etc...
These recurring themes reflect passions of human society about, sex, love,  women and men relationship, power, suffering etc... Today, the questions they arouse are still in the center of our cultural, political and social lives.