Emmanuel Werthenschlag, also known as Méïr Srebriansky, was born in Strasbourg in Alsace, France. Raised in an Orthodox Jewish family, Méïr S demonstrated an interest in art from an early age, creating caricatures of his rabbis as they taught him Talmud, drawing in notebooks, and experimenting with graffiti.
In 1998, Méïr received his BA in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology and was supposed to follow in the footsteps of his father, a renowned cardiologist, but he was never fully committed to the idea of medical school. Instead, eager to improve his drawing skills, Méïr spent hours in his Practical Anatomy classes perfecting anatomical illustration assignments.
In 2001, Méïr was accepted to Ecole Superieure des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg where he went on to study Art and Visual Communication, earned his BFA in painting, and graduated summa cum laude. During his time at the university, Méïr started exploring the possibilities of creating art through the computer. This included digital design and making music videos that were eventually broadcasted on various networks including TV5 Europe, MTV, and TV Globo. Méïr was one of the few students in school to pursue art through his painting practice as well as graphic design and video. This multifaceted artistic language stood out to his professors and he was selected to have a private studio. He painted realistic portraits from movies including but not limited to Battleship Potemkin, Women Under the Influence, and Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. Méïr’s love for cinematography, particularly the French and US New Wave/Nouvelle Vague drove him to paint a series he called “wasted pictures” which included depictions of blurred photographs that were not invoiced at photo labs during the time of paper photography. It was then that his paintings started entering the world of abstraction.
In 2004, Méïr tragically lost his paintings, drawings, books and computer works in a fire. Devastated by the enormity of the loss, Méïr took a seven-year break from painting but remained active in the design world and music industry. He created graphic and promotional content for musicians such as Aryel, Stereodeome, Yengi Yol, No Soda and Le Grand Ensemble de la Mediterranee. He has worked as an Art Director making music videos with labels including Le Maquis Records, Ascot Music, Warm Music, Atoll Music, and ULM- Universal which were broadcast on MTV Europe.
Additionally, Méïr is Co-founder and Art Director of MaisonMère, a full-service creative agency comprised of three design teams based in New York, Miami, and Paris. The agency is known for working with clients such as IFC, The Pump, Mephisto, *eckō unltd., CBS, Universal, Lenox and more.
Since moving to the United States in 2010, Meïr re-committed himself to painting, has had studios in DUMBO and Bushwick, and has participated in residencies including Vermont Studio Center and Con Artist NYC. Méïr continues to actively make work alongside other noteworthy artists at Mana Contemporary Studio 303 in Jersey City, where he has had his studio space for the past five years.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 Studio 550, "Plastic Process" Jersey City, NJ. USA.
2016 Studio 550, “Spaint” Jersey City, NJ. USA.
2015 Studio 550, “Exploding Figures” Jersey City, NJ. USA.
2014 Studio 550, “Landscapes Part II” Jersey City, NJ. USA.
2013 Studio 550 “Landscapes Part I” Jersey City, NJ. USA.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 A World Within a World - Orange County Center for Contemporary Art - OCCCA
2017 Con Artist Collective & Gallery "Spring Residency Showcase" New York, NY. USA.
2013-2017 MANA Contemporary, “Open House” Jersey City, NJ. USA.
2012 Bushwick Open Studios, “Intimate Planets” Brooklyn, NY. USA.
2006 La Chaufferie, “Interzone” Strasbourg, France.
2005 European Parliament, “Paintings” Strasbourg, France.
2017 Con Artist Collective, New York, NY. USA.
2017 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. USA.
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