Sebastian May was born and raised in the outskirts of Frankfurt (Germany, 1985). Moving to Detroit (USA, 2000), he quickly embraced Americaʼs visual arts; the plethora of urban art galleries, independent artists and institutes such as the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts). After completing his International Baccalaureate at the International Academy of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, he returned to Europe to realize his BA Hons in Media at the University of Westminster in London (United Kingdom, 2004) and finally completed a MA in International Relations at the University of Kentʼs campus in Brussels (Belgium, 2007).
Working across Europeʼs buzzing creative industries, Sebastian continued to build a strong visual arts portfolio with a concentration on contemporary painting. Finding inspiration in some of Europeʼs biggest institutes for modern and contemporary art such as the ʻTate Modernʼ and the ʻMusee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Parisʼ, the artist carried on to train his own skills and to collaborate with other artists.
Today, Sebastian lives and works in London, where he continues to work within the creative and art industries as he has done since his return to Europe in 2004. His primary focus is to foster the UKʼs and Europeʼs contemporary art movement internationally and to promote the importance of art in peopleʼs daily lives.
May is an expert visual artist who creates pieces that are conceptually strong, provoking and engaging. His bold pieces (often making use of fluorescent colours and exoticised characters) embrace universal concepts and feelings; reflect man's comprehension of nature and natural beauty.
ARTbeat at Studio73 (London, UK), group exhibition (2013)
The Accidental Festival (London, UK), group exhibition (2013)
Milk & Two Pop-up Gallery (London, UK), group exhibition (2013)
Café Eterno (London, UK), art exhibition (2012)
Gallery of Mo/ Movember (London, UK), contributing artist to charity action (2012)
Artspace K2 (Remagen, DE), solo exhibition (2012)
Bow Arts Trust, (London, UK), Bow Arts Open 2012 - group and studio exhibition (2012): "The best young group show this year" – Charles Saatchi
The Other Art Fair (London, UK), group exhibition (2012)
Palatine Bar (London, UK), showcasing art exhibition during and beyond bar launch (2012)
SE1 Christmas Open (London, UK), group art and open studio exhibition (2011)
American Theatre Company (Brussels, BE), make-up artist/stylist for ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ (2009)
Artspace K2 (Remagen, DE), group exhibition (2009)
Brussels Accessible Art Fair (Brussels, BE), group exhibition (2009)
NOMAD Gallery (Brussels, BE), Gallery Assistant (2008)
Young Tate and Noisefestival (UK), ‘Re-masters’ finalist (2006)
Blue Room (London, UK), individual art exhibition (2006)
Uni. of Westminster - ArtLab (centre for creative visual research) (London, UK) online exhibition (2006)