In 2004 she received her
Master’s degree in fashion design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
She started sculpting in 2008, and has since participated to various artists
residencies, notably at Thaillywood in Thailand, at the loft of the Servais
family in Brussels and at the SVA School of Visual Arts in New York
Alexandra draws her
inspiration from neoclassical and romantic sculptures, traditional art from
Sub-Saharan Africa as well as from mythologies and childhood
memories. Leyre Mein’s works – through sculptures, paintings and drawings
– relate to life’s visceral emotions, struggles and tensions. Her work
represents the battle between the conscious and the unconscious mind, the
animal and intellectual realm. In her sculptures she creates awkward,
‘unheimlich’, hybrid forms encorporating essential parts of human or animal
bodies and the transformation, contradiction, movement and tension emerge from
their encounter. Defying gravity, she sculpts directly in plaster, which
results in a spontaneous consensus between the initial idea and the manner in
which the material sets. The use of certain materials, such as dust and mud, but
also the artist’s own hair and handwriting, reflects her personal beliefs thus
creating a singular language further emphasizing the animistic force, which
permeates her art.
Leyre Mein’s work has been
shown in Europe, the United States, and South East Asia including exhibitions
at the SVA Westside Gallery (New York), the Palais d’Iléna (Paris), la Maison
Particulière (Brussels), le Botanique (Brussels), the New House Center for
Contemporary Art (New York), the Anton Kern Gallery (New York) and Art Brussels.
Her work is featured in collections across Europe and in the United States,
including the Belfius Bank and renowned private collections in Belgium.