Melker Garay

About the painter

Melker Garay is a Swedish artist who started painting seriously in 2013. He was born in Chile in 1966 and came to Sweden in 1970. Garay is an autodidact with his own atelier. His first exhibition was displayed in Norrköping, his hometown, at Kameleont gallery. Since, he has had his work exhibited both in Sweden and abroad. His art is displayed at Ekvall+Törnblom gallery, Hornsgatan 36, Stockholm.

Garay is also an author and has written seven books – both novels and short story collections. They have been translated into languages such as English, Spanish and Russian. He has also published the internationally recognized book mcv as a tribute to the Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges, a book that can be regarded as conceptual art. His literature is concerned with existential and philosophical question formulations. Garay also runs the digital cultural magazine and publishing house Opulens.


Something in me

"Words are not always enough. You see, I have often discovered this in my writing. There is so much inside all of us that we are not always sure how to formulate. Perhaps painting takes over where words fail me. Could that be it?

It was during winter of 2013 when something present in me told me to paint; that I ought to, on a blank canvas, give color and shape to that which I carry inside me. So I began painting with acrylic paint. Now, someone might ask: what purpose would that serve? And my reply would be: It would serve me, when I cannot bring myself to fill an empty sheet of paper with the thoughts weighing on my mind."

Melker Garay

Photo: Natalie Garay