May Heathen starts to develop an interest in visual expression from an early age, following in her mother’s footsteps, as her imagination proves to be her best friend. She grows up in an environment where being a girl is not something to be proud of and it imprints on to her internal visual world up to a point where artistic expression becomes the only sanctuary and safe haven. She discovers Salvador Dalì, Francisco Goya and Francis Bacon and becomes fascinated with the deviations of the human mind. At the center of her research gets carefully placed the female, androgynous sometimes but never male. As May grows so do her girls as they become her self portraits and means of communication with the outside world and her work can be viewed as an open diary for the viewer to read and interpret freely. She explores themes of love, sorrow, human interaction, self-awareness and motherhood, among others.
She exhibits publically for the first time in 2008 in Berlin with the Infantellina Contemporary Gallery in their group show “18 x 18 – 18 Artists for 18th October”. Soon follows her first solo show “Carnival 23” in her hometown Ljubljana, Slovenia, at the AKC Metelkova Mesto (an alternative culture centre that developed on a former army barracks compound when it was squatted in and taken over by a group of underground artists back in the 90’s). Both exhibitions are an important milestone for May. She then moves her life and art practice to Italy where she goes on to successfully exhibit in various locations, Rome and Milan included. Her work has been published by Out Of Step Books through their Inspirational Art Books series. She is currently a part of Out Of Step Gallery’s annual Coaster show (Sept - Nov 2019). In October of 2019 she becomes an official member of the Dark Art Movement and will be a contributing artist to Aeon Gallery’s group show “Exodus” in March 2020.
As a self taught artist May explores various mediums and techniques and eventually chooses acrylics as her drug of choice. Every now and then she also takes up oil paints and is seeking to implement them in to her daily practice. Her work is figurative with preference for portrait and holds focus on the female world as she hones her skills with research of the old masters’ techniques and also contemporary artists.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 - “Miss May presents: O.bsessive C.ompulsive D.issorder”, Spazioporpora Gallery, Milano (Italy)
2010 - “Lillyen's Birthday Party”, Caffè Carducci, Monfalcone (GO - Italy), curated by Paolo Posarelli for Project MAAD – Music And Art Dialogues by ArtCorner in collaboration with L'angolo Maritani
2009 - “Paranoica Androica”, Bar Galleria, Monfalcone (GO - Italy), curated by Alessandro Lanza for DobbiaLab Laboratori Creativi
2009 - “Carnival 23”, AKC Metelkova Mesto (Club Tiffany & Club Monokel), Ljubljana (Slovenia), curated by Jernej Škof for Zavod PinkKlip
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 – “Exodus”, Aeon Gallery, Richmond (IL, USA)
2019 – “Coaster Show”, Out Of Step Gallery, Eugene (OR, USA)
2019 - “ARTBOX.PROJECT Zurich 1.0" during Swiss Art Expo, SBB event hall, Zurich (Switzerland)
2017 - “THE ARTBOX.PROJECT Basel 1.0" during Basel artweeks, Euroairport Luminator event platform, Basel (Switzerland)
2014 - “Strofe dipinte di jazz”, Lakes of Romans d'Isonzo (GO - Italy), curated by Gianluca Doria for Liberatorio d'arte Fulvio Zonch
2011 – “4th International TATTOO EXPO TRIESTE”, Ex Pescheria - Salone degli incanti, Trieste (Italy)
2010 - “Medea, Antigone ed altre cattive ragazze / Medea, Antigone and other bad girls”, Casa Internazionale delle Donne / International House of Women, Rome (Italy), curated by Linda Filacchione and Marina Zatta
2009 - “Imprint”, Alberto Delbianco showroom, Staranzano (GO - Italy), duo show with artist Riccardo Codiglia
2008 - “Trieste Tattoo Expo 2008”, Molo IV, Trieste (Italy)
2008 - “18 x 18 – 18 Artists for 18th October”, Infantellina Contemporary gallery, Berlin (Germany), curated by Charlotte Stein
2016 - “Black & White: Volume Three”, by Jinxi Caddel for Out Of Step Books
2016 - “Enchanted: Fairy Tales, Folktales and Fables Artistically Explored”, by Jinxi Caddel for Out Of Step Books
2015 - “Pandaemonium: Devils,Demons and Monsters”, by Jinxi Caddel for Out Of Step Books
2015 - “Meows And Roars Of Inspiration: The Cat Art Project”, by Jinxi Caddel for Out Of Step Books
2013 - “Pelicula Succubus Incubus”, self-published via blurb.com